Rumor Has It
Pints for Planned Parenthood
Wednesday, June 26, 2019
In this week’s episode of Things I Want You to Throw Money At comes an event that speaks to interests that are very dear to me.
The event in question takes place Thurs., June 27 and when I first learned of it, I may have welled up a little, but only because the world is way too sideways at the moment and I’ve never been more grateful for those working to right it and get us back on course.
It’s called Bellingham Breweries for Community Health and it’s a “citywide pint night in support of community access to health care.”
It couldn’t be simpler: All you have to do is drink beer all over town—aka Bellingham’s favorite summer activity—and every pint purchased from 6-9pm at participating breweries will benefit Mt. Baker Planned Parenthood, thus ensuring health care remains affordable and accessible for those who need it most.
And when they say “citywide,” they’re not kidding. Pretty much every heavy hitter in Bellingham’s robust brewery community is getting in on this action, an unprecedented show of solidarity, even for a beer scene in which unity is a defining principle.
So, who are the Breweries for Community Health? In alphabetical order, they are: Aslan Depot, Boundary Bay Brewery, Chuckanut Brewery, Gruff Brewing, Kulshan Brewing Co. (both locations), Menace Brewing, North Fork Brewery (in their case, the Bellingham city limits will stretch farther than ever before), Stones Throw Brewery, Twin Sisters Brewing, and Wander Brewing.
Make no mistake: In this current age and political climate, this event is as much a statement of values being lived in real time as it is a fundraiser. As I’ve said elsewhere, these are challenging days for folks who work for organizations such as Planned Parenthood. Our support doesn’t just afford them needed monetary resources, it also lets them know that we see them, we’re in this together, and their fight is our fight as well.
In many places, beer culture is synonymous with bro culture, and how much overlap there is in that Venn diagram here has been no small topic of conversation. That there’s some accuracy in the “beer bro” stereotype is the inconvenient truth of the craft beer industry, but it’s an ill-fitting identity for our brewing community, which has always had women in leadership positions, has always preached inclusivity, and has made taking care of each other and looking out for our neighbors as much a part of its ethos as brewing award-winning beer. Coming together to support a cause such as this one is simply their biggest, best beer collaboration so far. And, for about the millionth time, it makes me wish I wasn’t allergic to beer.