VIRGINIA BEACH, Virginia – Smartmouth Brewing announced in December that it will begin brewing Brave Noise Pale Ale as part of an international collaboration supporting women, black and Indigenous of color and LGBT people across the beer industry.
The founders of the Brave Noise collaboration say it’s about providing inclusive and safe environments and standing in solidarity with survivors of gender discrimination, racism, sexual assault and harassment within the community. industry.
“Being a part of this collaboration and movement is at the heart of who we are at Smartmouth,” Porter Hardy, Co-Founder and President of Smartmouth Brewing. “We have many women in leadership positions, in fact more of them than men, and constantly strive to be a place that listens to and respects all individuals. Regardless of race, gender or sexuality. , we are all people and deserve respect and a safe environment. It is time for our industry to be at the forefront of this important and necessary change. “
Smartmouth will donate 25% of proceeds from the sale of Brave Noise Pale Ale to the YWCA of South Hampton Roads “to help them in their work to strengthen social movements that end racism, empower women and promote peace, justice. and dignity for all ”.
In addition, the brewery will display its code of conduct in its tasting rooms, as well as the promise to hold all employees, vendors, partners and visitors to these standards.
Smartmouth joins four other Virginia breweries, including Oozlefinch Beers and Blending in Hampton, to brew Brave Noise.