Celebrate Hanukkah with Leikam Brewing’s 2019 Maccabeer

Winter seasonal beers that celebrate Christian or agnostic holidays are common, but how often (or ever) have you had a Hanukkah (or Chanukah) beer? Portland’s only kosher certified brewery Leikam Brewing has dropped their 2019 Maccabeer, a Hanukkah beer that supports Habitat for Humanity’s House That Beer Built project.

The 2019 edition of Maccabeer is a winter IPA will generate funds to support the House That Beer Built, a partnership between Habitat for Humanity Portland/Metro East and local craft breweries.

If you want to get your hands on Maccabeer, Leikam has a new taproom at 5812 E Burnside St, Portland, OR 97215 and they are now distributed from the new High Road Distribution group.

Often mislabeled as the Jewish Christmas, Chanukah is an eight-day, wintertime “festival of lights,” is celebrated with a nightly menorah lighting, special prayers and fried foods. The Hebrew word Chanukah means “dedication”. In the second century BCE, the Seleucids (Syrian-Greeks), tried to force the Jews to accept Greek culture and beliefs and destroyed the Holy Temple. Against all odds, a small band of faithful but poorly armed Jews, led by Judah the Maccabee, defeated the Greeks and reclaimed the Holy Temple in Jerusalem. This year Chanukah begins Sunday, December 22nd at sundown.

About Leikam Brewing:
Founded in 2014, Leikam Brewing is a certified kosher, community-centered, family owned and operated 5BBL brewery. Production still takes place in the backyard of Sonia Marie and Theo Leikam’s Southeast Portland home. In the future, production will move to the Burnside Taproom at 5812 East Burnside. Leikam Brewing is committed to giving back and the principle of tikkun olam or repairing the world. A portion of the profits from our beers support nonprofit organizations we are committed to. Our beers currently benefit:


● Habitat for Humanity
● iAct – empowering those affected by mass atrocities
● Le Monde French Immersion Public School
● Oregon Justice Resource Center- criminal justice reform
● Oregon Wild – protecting our public land
● Pink Boots Society – empowering women beer professionals
● Raphael House of Portland – supporting survivors of violence

Learn more at www.leikambrewing.com.

About The House That Beer Built: The House That Beer Built is a partnership between Habitat for Humanity Portland/Metro East and local craft breweries and beer-related business. Proceeds of this beer will provide an amazing family a home in Portland’s vibrant and diverse Cully neighborhood. Join us and help make the dream of homeownership a reality for local families in need of a decent place to live.

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Founder of The New School and most frequent contributor Ezra Johnson-Greenough has worked in the craft beer industry for almost 10 years, doing everything from illustrating beer labels to bartending at renowned beer bars and breweries like Belmont Station, Apex, Laurelwood and Upright Brewing. He has also had a hand in creating events like the Portland Fruit Beer Festival, Portland Beer Week, and the Brewing up Cocktails series. He is available for freelance consultation in marketing, events, graphic design and branding. Contact: SamuraiArtist@NewSchoolBeer.com

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