We at New Avenues for Youth are angered and heartbroken by the constant violence, racism, and injustice that Black community members, colleagues, friends, and partners experience every day in America. We know that institutionalized white supremacy and anti-Blackness have persisted for centuries and that we must remain committed to continuous anti-racist values and actions.
The intersection of race and homelessness is stark and undeniable. While representing 13% of the general population nationally, Black people make up more than 40% of individuals experiencing homelessness. This overrepresentation directly correlates to the racism our society has institutionalized since the country’s founding and the continued inequities and injustices that Black people experience every day.
New Avenues stands in solidarity with the Black community and all those protesting in this powerful movement. We support efforts and actions toward restorative justice and equitable access to resources. We affirm the experiences of Black communities and our unwavering support for Black community members. We are in this fight.
James and Melissa Priest from The Referend craft some of the best 100% spontaneously fermented beers this side of the Atlantic, relying on traditional methods, time, skill, and impeccable ingredient sourcing to achieve consistent excellence. On a visit to Portland that just happened to coincide with Brews a few years ago, they poured some of their creations for our guests, and we haven’t stopped inviting them back since. Their generosity is abundant, we are honored to have them and can’t wait to see what they come up with for 2020!
One of the Northwest’s most talked-about breweries, Great Notion’s hazy IPAs and culinary-inspired ales took Portland by storm when they opened in 2016. Four years on, their momentum and diversity of styles continue growing and evolving. Co-Founders James Dugan, Andy Miller, and Paul Reiter have supported Brews for New Avenues since their brewery’s inception, not only with their quality products, but with their time – providing one-of-a-kind, hands-on experiences to some of our lucky auction winners. We are thrilled to have them and to see what they have in store for us this year! Originally hailing from San Diego, Modern Times arrived on the Portland scene in 2018 and immediately made an impression with their mastery of a wide array of styles and over-the-top taproom design. Over the past two years, they have not only seamlessly integrated into the local beer community, but through Michael Christy and Marissa Zebold, have generously supported our cause at every opportunity. We are beyond excited to have them, and look forward to some show-stopping collaborations and packages!
Back in November, European Co-Chair Don Lowman visited our great friends at Brasserie Cantillon to construct an exclusive Brews for New Avenues blend. This unique gueuze consists of equal parts 1, 2, and 3 year-old lambic, with the 3 year-old portion coming from Cognac barrels. Stay tuned for more information on obtaining it, or join the Cap & Cork Crew today to guarantee your bottle!