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Stone Brewing's Black is Beautiful stout

The proceeds from Black is Beautiful will go to the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund Inc

The proceeds from Black is Beautiful will go to the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund Inc

Category - Beer, stout, 10% abv

Available - From this week

Location - The US, in California and Richmond, Virginia

Price - Not specified, available for a limited period

Stone Brewing is to launch a limited-edition beer in partnership with black-owned brewer Weathered Souls Brewing.

Black is Beautiful is an Imperial stout that uses a recipe created by Texas-based Weathered Souls. The beer forms part of a wider collaboration between 1,140 breweries across 21 countries to support racial equality.

Participating brewers are able to choose which organisations that support equality and inclusion to donate their proceeds to. Stone's profits will go to the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund (LDF).

"Like many, we have been called to action by recent events and stand firmly in support of the Black Lives Matter movement," said Stone Brewing's interim CEO, Steve Wagner. "In addition to action outside of our company, we must ensure positive growth within. We are actively evaluating diversity and opportunity across all levels of our company and are committed to making sure all our team members have career mobility and paths to leadership."

Last year, Scottish brewer Brewdog acquired Stone's brewery and taproom in Berlin.

Beer in the US - Volume Trends 2015-2024

2015234516.3
2016235446.32
2017234073.26
2018230144.93
2019228019.31
2020227042.74
2021226453.32
2022225907.59
2023225640.53
2024225996.4

Source: GlobalData

In volumes terms, the beer category in the US is in decline, falling from 234.5m hectolitres in 2015 to 228m last year, according to figures from GlobalData. Looking forward, GlobalData estimates that volumes will slip further, to 225m hectolitres in 2024 - marking a 4.1% decrease over the ten-year period.

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