The words charity and beer are not normally heard in the same sentence, but they soon may need to be with the launch of West Sixth Brewing’s latest creation.
The Pay It Forward Cocoa Porter, soon to be canned, will include a 50-cent donation per six pack sold to nonprofits chosen on a quarterly basis from a list selected by fans and supporters of the brewing company.
The brew, the fourth to be canned by West Sixth, was first made available on draft two years ago when the Blue Grass Community Foundation launched its Good Giving Guide. That challenge which raised more than $1.5 million for local nonprofits in 2013 was the inspiration for the draft’s name. Since then it has been available on draft in the taproom and “has always been a crowd favorite,” according to a company release.
The beer is an American robust porter brewed with organic, direct-trade cocoa nibs. It is described by West Sixth as “nearly opaque with a tan head” and has 7 percent alcohol by volume “dominated by roasty malts and a strong aroma of chocolate.”
“By working with some great partners at Taza Chocolates, we can guarantee not only were the growers in Central and South America paid a fair wage for growing the beans, but also they were grown in an organic and sustainable manner, and are sent to us incredibly fresh,” said co-founder and head brewer Robin Sither.
The beer will be available in kegs and cans throughout West Sixth’s distribution area beginning in September.
From West Sixth Brewing