The Explorium Brewpub Third Ward in Milwaukee hosted a gathering of brewers, distillers, and local suppliers to produce a special brew to be released sometime in 2021 at the end of the pandemic. The single batch of beer was brewed on Tuesday January 5th, 2021 and is dubbed “The HOPE Project.” This single, 10-barrel (300 gallon) batch of barrel aged imperial stout is being produced in collaboration with fourteen local breweries and seven Wisconsin distilleries. All the beer will be aged in barrels supplied by the participating distilleries.
HOPE stands for Here’s One for the Pandemic Ending! So along with that theme, the beer will age in barrels until the restrictions due to COVID-19 are lifted and all bars and restaurants in Milwaukee can once again operate at full capacity. Upon release of restrictions in the city, the beer will be distributed to the venues of the participating breweries and distilleries for a city-wide, simultaneous release. These venues will open their doors at the day and time agreed and provide the beer to their patrons to raise a toast to “here’s one for the pandemic ending.”
The imperial stout base beer was brewed on Tuesday, January 5th with all the participants present. It will take about three weeks to ferment, then it will be put into barrels on or about January 28th. After being placed in barrels, the aging beer can be viewed on the floor of The Explorium Brewpub Third Ward in Milwaukee. To encourage spreading the word on social media, there will be a social media station set-up with the barrels as a backdrop. Anyone who posts a photo in the social media station will be offered a free beer at the time of the post courtesy of The Explorium Brewpub. The social media station with instructions will be erected by the end of January.
People interested in being notified of the exact day and time of the release for this beer are encouraged to follow the social media of the participating breweries and distilleries and/or the hashtag #2021hopeproject. Updates will be posted on the Explorium social media which can be found by searching @exploriumbrew on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter.
Participating Breweries: Broken Bat Brewing Co., Dead Bird Brewing Company, Enlighted Brewing Company, Explorium, Faklandia Brewing, Good City Brewing, Indeed Brewing Company, MobCraft, New Barons Brewing Cooperative, Raised Grain Brewing Co., Sahale Ale Works, The Fermentorium, Third Space Brewing, 1840 Brewing Company
Participating Distilleries: Central Standard Distilling Company, Dancing Goat Distillery, Great Lakes Distillery, Great Northern Distilling, La Crosse Distilling Company, Twisted Path Distillery, Yahara Bay Distillers
Suppliers Participating: Proximity Malting Company, Briess Malting Company
OnMilwaukee Article: https://onmilwaukee.com/articles/hope-day-collaboration