Summer's hottest beer is People Power, a benefit brew for the ACLU – Metro US

Since opening in December 2014, Josh Stylman and his crew at Threes Brewing in Brooklyn have created more than 170 beers. After the 2016 election, they decided to try a new ingredient: activism. “We tend to have a predisposition toward human equality,” he says modestly of the philosophy behind Threes. 

It all started on Inauguration Day 2017 with a brew called Courage, My Love, with 10% of proceeds going to the American Civil Liberties Union. Later that year during Pride Month, they launched Gender Neutral to benefiting the LGBTQ community through the NYC Anti-Violence Project.

This Fourth of July, Threes is diving back into the fight to defend civil rights with the ACLU through a beer called People Power, named for the new and first-ever grassroots initiative in the agency’s 100-year history. “Typically, they’re not a volunteer organization, but [People Power] was inspired by a lot of people desiring to be more active,” says Stylman.

“I’m really passionate about the fact that they’re doing work that is protecting all of our liberty in a non-political way. This is not about the Red Team or the Blue Team — our hope is that people with really broad political ideologies join this cause.”

Signing up for People Power puts you in touch with community protests and other activist gatherings in your neighborhood. In that spirit, Threes is also not brewing alone. They reached out to all of their fellow brewers and friends of friends — and when you’re an upstart brewery in Brooklyn, that includes big names like Mikkeller, Bearded Iris and Kent Falls Brewing. To date, they’ve been joined by 55 breweries from Massachusetts to Hawaii all making their own People Power beers.

“Our thought is that we don’t want to impose a style [of beer], particularly

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