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Lion celebrates LGBQTI+ Pride with introduction of US beer to Australia

Liquor giant Lion is teaming up with The Brooklyn Brewery to bring the Brooklyn Stonewall IPA to Australia ahead of the Sydney Mardi Gras.

The beer was created with New York’s The Stonewall Inn to celebrate the accommodation’s rich history as a “beacon for the global LGBQTI+ Pride movement”.

Both businesses are founding members of the The Stonewall Inn Gives Back Initiative, a platform that supports LGBTQI+ communities in the US and worldwide.

The Stonewall IPA is a 4.8% Citra hopped session style IPA with a grapefruit flavour and citrus peel.

The liquor giant said 30 cents from every glass and can of Brooklyn Stonewall Inn IPA sold in Australia will go to the Australian charity, Bobby Goldsmith Foundation. Also, 30 cents from every carton of Brooklyn Stonewall Inn IPA or equivalent case volume sold in Australia will be donated to the Stone Wall Initiative.

“Proceeds from each tasty drop will be donated back to the Stonewall Gives Back Initiative as well as chosen local charity Bobby Goldsmith Foundation, Australia’s oldest community-based HIV organisation committed to providing client-centred care to help people living with HIV thrive,” Lion spokesman Dan Holland said.

The Stonewall IPA is available nationally in 355ml cans and on tap. The new beer pack is also ranged nationally at Dan Murphy’s and independent trade.

“BGF is delighted to have been chosen as the community partner for the Brooklyn Stonewall IPA special brew. We are proud of our history both within the LGBTIQ+ community and the Mardi Gras parade and we hope that this partnership helps to raise awareness of the issues still facing people living with HIV today. These funds will go towards providing emotional and financial support to all people living with HIV who need it,” CEO of Bobby Goldsmith Foundation Nick Lawson said.

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