Ninkasi's Believer Double Red Ale Available This Winter/Springin Beer News
Looking for a big, hoppy, yet quite malty beer to drink and support national non-profits?
Back by popular demand, independent Oregon craft brewer Ninkasi Brewing Company has returned the Believer Double Red Ale to its Seasonal Release Series, available this winter through April. In partnership with the brewery’s Beer is Love donations program, a portion of all Believer sales will go to three national non-profits.
Originally released as a winter seasonal in 2006, Ninkasi co-founders Jamie Floyd and Nikos Ridge brewed Believer Double Red Ale as a way to thank those who believed in their mission: to start a craft brewery dedicated to community. It is a natural fit for the brewery to commit the sales of Believer to organizations doing good work.
Believer has returned to the shelf in 12- and 22-ounce bottles and on-draft through April 2017. Ninkasi will donate $1 per case and $7 per keg of Believer sold to three non-profit organizations who exemplify the foundation of Beer is Love. “We are thrilled to bring back Believer and support organizations who are doing amazing work to support women in tech, recreation for veterans, and communities in crisis through arts and music,” explains Emilie Hartvig, national donations manager for Ninkasi and its Beer is Love program.
The Believer (6.9% ABV) is quite a tasty beer that is both quite malty and quite hoppy. Its malty nose also produces a hoppiness that is both floral and earthy. There is a lot of malt, sweetness on the palate, including toffee flavors and dates, although the bitterness of the hops seems to dominate. Arriving to the finish, there is a floral hoppiness with an abundance of bitterness that lingers alongside the biscuity maltiness.
Established in 2012, Ninkasi’s Beer is Love program offers beer donations to registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations throughout each of the 14 states where Ninkasi beer is sold. The program supports non-profits doing work in five core categories: women, equality, recreation, the environment, and arts and music. Since its inception, Beer is Love has worked with more than 800 organizations. “It is an honor to partner with great organizations throughout every community where we sell our beer,” says Hartvig. For this season’s sales of Believer, a portion will be going to Conscious Alliance, Team River Runner and Women Who Code.
The distribution of Believer will be in Alaska, Arizona, California, DC, Colorado, Idaho, Maryland, Nevada, New York, Oregon, Texas, Utah, and Washington in the US, as well as Alberta and Vancouver, BC in Canada.