Why not turn your Friday night beer run into a charitable effort? Two new beers will hit shelves this month in order to help the hard-hit victims of Superstorm Sandy.
New Jersey's largest craft brewery, Flying Fish Brewery, will debut a new brew dedicated to helping the hard-hit victims of Sandy in New Jersey. One hundred percent of the proceeds from the appropriately named "F.U. Sandy" beer will go back to Hurricane Sandy recovery efforts (and a TBD charity), according to a Flying Fish press release. (And that "F.U." is not the kind of four-letter phrase you might think; it actually stands for "forever unloved." Way to be P.C., guys.) Everything from the hops to the labor was donated to Flying Fish, so it's a true charitable beer.
Said Flyfing Fish founder Gene Muller in the release, he and many of the Flying Fish family are New Jersey residents who hope to bring the Jersey Shore back to its full force. "At Flying Fish, we proudly hail from the great state of New Jersey, so when tragedy struck, we knew immediately that we wanted to do something to help," said Muller. What does the beer taste like? The "hybrid wheat pale ale" was brewed with an experimental hop donated by the American Dwarf Hop Association, never used before in a beer. Says the release: "Muller and Head Brewer Casey Hughes expect a beautiful, tropical nose of mangos and guavas that will accentuate the beer’s soft mouthfeel and contribute to a truly one-of-a-kind ale — much like their beloved Jersey Shore."
Meanwhile, in Long Island, eight local craft breweries teamed up to create the Surge Protector brew, with proceeds going to the charity Long Island Cares and its fellow Long Island brewery, Barrier Brewing Co., which was destroyed by Sandy. Newsday reports the India pale ale was created with hops from all eight breweries, and made at Blue Point Brewing Co. at Patchogue, N.Y. The brew only produced about 100 kegs and 2,000 bottles, so you better hurry to one of the launch parties for Surge Protector throughout the boroughs.