Ukrainian brewery Pravda is fighting oppression with beer.
“As peaceful craft brewers, we want to return to the normal life asap and enjoy brewing and drinking,” the brewery, which is in Lviv, posted on its website. “But first we must kick the cockroaches out of our land.”
To raise money for Ukraine, Pravda opened its Victory Beer Series to the world, releasing the recipes of its most popular beers and visuals to use for packaging. Brewers around the world — including in New Jersey — are using Pravda’s recipes to make beer and donating the profits to the Ukrainian army via Pravda.
When Scott Wells, co-owner of Bolero Snort in Carlstadt, saw Pravda’s call to action, he jumped on board. The Bolero team is brewing a Belgian wheat beer with orange peel and coriander called Frau Bear Blanche, a take on Pravda’s Frau Ribbentrop.
Meanwhile, brewing has stopped at Pravda. The brewery is now using its bottles to make Molotov cocktails and distributing them to people in Lviv and beyond as they prepare to defend their cities.
Icarus Brewing Co. in Lakewood is making Pravda’s Putin Huylo, a dry-hopped strong ale with a name that mocks Russian President Vladimir Putin. The money raised from its sale will go to Pravda and to World Central Kitchen, an organization providing meals to refugees.
Three 3’s Brewing in Hammonton is not brewing one of Pravda’s beers but has created its own imperial pilsner called United We Stand. The can art includes the Ukrainian flag, and the profits will go to an organization supporting Ukraine. There's also a donation box in the taproom.
Each pack of Bolero’s Frau Bear Blanche is $15, and all profits go to Pravda. You can place a preorder now and pick up your pack on or after April 1.
Bolero Snort, 316 20th St., Carlstadt; 201-464-0639, bolerosnort.com.
Icarus, 1790 Swarthmore Ave., Lakewood; 732-276-6273, icarusbrewing.square.site.
Three 3's, 50 13th St., Hammonton; 732-814-1396, three3sbrewing.com.
Rebecca King is a food writer for NorthJersey.com. For more on where to dine and drink, please subscribe today and sign up for our North Jersey Eats newsletter.