Proceeds from Sing Sing Kill Brewery Donated to NAMI Westchester
OSSINING, NY — November 24, 2020 — To honor the milestone of brewing their 100th batch, Sing Sing Kill Brewery is partnering with NAMI Westchester to bring awareness and support those who are suffering during the current mental health crisis. This landmark beer is named Howl.
Eric Gearity of Sing Sing Kill Brewery commented, “We’re proud to partner with NAMI Westchester and hope that our platform can help spread their services to those in need. While we aren’t able to physically spend time with all of our loved ones right now, togetherness is more important than ever. Reach out and stay in touch with your friends and family. If you are struggling, don’t be afraid to recognize it and seek help. We don’t have to go at it alone.”
This beer was inspired by the 1956 Allen Ginsberg poem Howl, which was originally titled Howl for Carl Solomon in dedication to his friend who he met in a mental institution. Sing Sing Kill Brewery’s COVID informed take on this cathartic American classic of sympathy, compassion, and guilt for the struggle friends and loved ones is captured in this passage:
“We’ve seen most minds of our generation destroyed by madness…”
Sing Sing Kill Brewer Matt Curtin describes Howl as, “an open-fermented ale brewed in recognition of the mental toll that this global pandemic has taken on us all. In order to make a beer that truly captured this moment in time, we opened up the primary fermentation tank to let the naturally occurring wild yeast flavor this batch. This wild yeast lends our saison style ale a slightly funky character balanced by the lemony bite of the Southern Cross hops grown by our friends at Schmidt Hop Farm in Farmington, NY.”
NAMI Westchester is an affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness. They know first hand how COVID is impacting mental health. Adapted to a virtual model, they have continued their programming through the pandemic and have expanded their scope and reach in response to the clear need for extra services during this mental health crisis. Their support group now meets online with increased participation, they are delivering prevention workshops via Zoom to more colleges and high schools, and continue to develop COVID-specific presentations to help our community get through this together.
If you or someone you know needs help, call their HelpLine at (914)592-5458. A portion of the proceeds from Howl will help fund the essential programming that NAMI provides.
Sing Sing Kill Brewery is a NY Farm Brewery committed to sustainability & community. To find out more, visit www.singsingkillbrewery.com.
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