This beer is a very special beer, in several different ways. First of all, this beer marks my slow return to blogging after a long break taken to deal with a cancer diagnosis – if you’re wondering I beat it, and am just being monitored for the next year to make sure it’s gone!
Secondly, this beer has a BIG backstory. Just today I saw Boundary Brewing and Crannog Ales featured on Reddit for their ongoing battle against fascism, which inspired this beer. Pacific Beer Chat did a great interview with Oliver from Boundary if you want the full details, but the short version is that they hung an anti-fascist flag in the brewery in support of the victims of the hate-crime that occurred in Charlottesville last year. Someone from a local militia group got wind of this and rallied a massive online right-wing troll-fest against Boundary for hanging this flag. A shitstorm of threats and criticism occurred, whereby Crannog spoke up, having had the same flag hung in their own brewery for some time, and became embroiled in the fracas. United against fascists, trolls and sharing a great love of good beer as the dust settled the two breweries came together to brew this AWESOME Not For Nazis Nut Brown Ale.
The beer stands on it’s own accord. Call it whatever you want, it’s still delicious. Dark, full bodied with a rich and creamy mouth feel, it walks a fine line between a brown ale and a stout. It’s like Backhand of God’s cheeky little brother. I haven’t even finished my glass yet and I want more. Get it in ya!
The story doesn’t end here yet. Boundary and Crannog sent this beer into the LDB for distribution, whereby the LDB accused the beer of promoting violence and hatred – exactly what both breweries had brewed the beer to fight against. There is a connotation of some anti-fascist groups as being violent in their attacks on Nazis. Now, not all anti-fa groups are violent, and some may say promoting violence against a group that wants to eliminate other groups is justified. Either way, they had to pull the beer and re-market it under the new name of Auntie Fa Brown Ale.
On February 23, I visited Oliver at Boundary Brewing and brought home a bottle of the Not For Nazis to review later on that day. On my drive back home a pick-up truck lost control and crossed into my lane. I avoided a fatal head-on collision by turning into the narrow ditch, but still my car was totaled and I was trapped unconscious in my vehicle for over an hour while emergency crews worked to free my leg that was pinned inside of twisted metal. I spent two weeks in the hospital recovering from major surgery on a complex fractures of my leg and arm, plus a major concussion and other injuries. I’m home now, but have a long road to recovery ahead of me.
Back to the beer, though, I was asking while in ER and high out of my mind what happened to my beer – I was so upset that it had been crushed in the wreckage. My Dad went to my car a few weeks later to try and pull what he could out of it… And sitting there among the crumpled metal and broken plastic was THIS VERY BOTTLE, not a single scratch on it!!! This beer cannot be stopped, not by Nazis, not by the LDB and not even by a Ford F350!