“We wanted to do something in response, and making beer is what we do.”
The beer will be a saison called Don’t Be Mean to People: A Golden Rule.
Myers said brewing will begin April 16.
Ponysaurus will brew and package the beer, and Mystery will do the labeling.
Myers said the two have gained support from 30 other breweries in North Carolina. This includes Fortnight Brewing Company in Cary, D9 B in Cornelius and Ironclad Brewery in Wilmington.
“We’ve had people pitch in by sending people to assist with labor, sending ingredients or helping with the cost of brewing the beer,” Jansen said.
He said these collaborating breweries will have the first choice when it comes to selling the beer.
Mystery and Ponysaurus will be selling the beer as well.
“We are more powerful together than apart,” Myers said of the collaborating breweries.
In addition to fundraising through beer sales, the breweries will also launch a campaign on Generosity.com this week to raise money for various LGBT organizations.
“We wanted to find a way to support people that aren’t as lucky to be in the kind of communities that we are in,” Jansen said.
He said this led him and Myers to Queer Oriented Radical Days of Summer Camp.
“We wanted to support people that are young and maybe aren’t financially independent,” Jansen said.
This summer camp receiving donations from the campaign is based in North Carolina for children ages 11 to 17.
Myers said he and Jansen have been friends for a long time and took this opportunity to be leaders in the community.
“Our general thought process is that Erik and I are representatives of Hillsborough and Durham respectively and are fairly aware that our communities are pretty supportive and friendly,” Jansen said.
“(House Bill 2) will affect the most people in less supportive situations and what bathrooms they use.”
News about this beer is spreading through the community.
Sean Lilly Wilson, the founder and chief executive optimist at Fullsteam Brewery in Durham, said he has heard about the initiative but said it is hard to say whether Fullsteam will be getting involved yet.
“I support it entirely,” Wilson said about the beer-centric fundraising campaign.