Plant City’s Keel Farms will launch a limited-edition beer to support Ukrainians who have been under attack by Russian forces since late February.
Resolve beer will be available tomorrow, Sunday and next Saturday, April 16, during Keel Farms’ Tampa Bay Blueberry Festival.
Resolve was created as part of “an open-source collaborative beer to recognize the determination of the Ukrainian people and to help the humanitarian effort,” according to its website.
Proceeds will go to two non-profit organizations supporting the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine through direct aid: the Global Empowerment Mission (GEM), an institution that provides local efforts to the most vulnerable populations affected by disasters in the world, and World Central Kitchen (WCK). , an organization that provides meals in response to humanitarian, climate and community crises by building resilient food systems with local solutions.
According to Axios, the situation in Ukraine has hit hard for 42 North Brewing Company—The founding brewery of Resolve—since his friend and fellow brewer, Naz Drebot, has his own brewery in kyiv, 2085 Brewery.
Currently, Drebot remains in Ukraine with the determination of millions of his compatriots in the hope that contributions, like Resolve and other charities, will help resistance efforts in the country.
Clay Keel, owner of Keel Farms and also a friend and brewer of Drebot, joined the cause to show his support.
“All Naz ever wanted was to start a brewery in his home country of Ukraine,” Keel said in a statement. “It was his dream that finally came true, and then he was taken away with the freedom, safety and livelihood of so many Ukrainians.”
“We are all preparing the resolution to give Naz a ray of hope during this tragic invasion and to offer humanitarian support to his fellow Ukrainians.”
Keel Farms is one of 24 breweries worldwide to create a special batch of Resolve, including breweries from Poland, Ireland, England and Germany.
The initiative encourages brewers to use one of 42 North’s two recipes – an India Pale Kellerbier and a Kellerbier – and add their own twist. Labels depicting a sunflower, the national flower of Ukraine, can be downloaded and modified according to the ingredients used.
In a statement, Drebot said that despite the current situation, it plans to expand and export its products to the United States after the war.
“It’s 2085,” Drebot added, referring to the name of his Ukrainian brewery, “we’re definitely going to exist in 2085.”