I am still surprised so many businesses rely on a Kickstarter campaign to become a reality, especially when what they’re asking for is to fund a brewery slightly larger than some people homebrew on for fun, like the 1 barrel nano Belgian Underground Brewing in Silverton, Oregon. Essentially what these folks are asking if for you to Kickstart their homebrewing hobby. Belgian Underground comes from three longtime friends, at least one of Belgian descent who’s “Oba” was a Belgian resistance fighter in World War II as part of a group called the Belgian Underground. The brewery’s top priority, as stated on its Kickstarter? “Primarily to honor the stories of those who risked everything to resist against injustice.” A little melodramatic and seemingly at odds with the second stated priority–to “keep brewing fun.” As much as I believe beer and brewing are among humanity’s greatest creations, even I would admit it’s probably not the best way to honor WWII resistance fighters from another country.
It can be difficult to even think about beer right now when the world is rising up around the unjust deaths and mistreatment of people of color.
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Brian Koch is the owner of North Portland’s Lombard House pub, and like many others he is grappling with a pandemic, a pivot to delivery, and worldwide protests of an unjust system that have implications far more important than beer and bars.
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