Last month, an all-female crew of the state’s best craft brewers convened at Barrio Brewing Company in Tucson to create The State Bird, a commemorative double IPA that would benefit women’s shelters in Tucson, Phoenix, Flagstaff and Prescott. The brew team had a goal of donating $10,000, and they easily achieved it within the first five days of sales with a little help from Hensley Beverage Company, which was kind enough to donate their services for the cause. Hensley helped State Bird land on tap at more than 130 bars, restaurants and breweries, giving Arizonans across the state access to the brew inspired by the ‘Five Cs’ of the Arizona economy (cotton, cattle, citrus, copper and climate) and crafted with Citra, Cascade, Centennial, Cluster and Columbus hops.
“This is really what the craft brewing community is all about,” says Arizona Craft Brewers Guild Executive Director Rob Fullmer, of the collaboration. “Not only did our women brew up an incredible beer that piqued the public’s interest right off the bat, but they did so while doing something invaluable for the community-at-large.”
Shelters that will benefit from the sales of the State Bird include the Sojourner Center in Phoenix, the Northland Family Help Center in Flagstaff, Wings for Women in Tucson and the Prescott Area Women’s Shelter in Prescott.