Although far from Florida, we are no stranger to water-related issues. The brewery has long been one of the most outspoken opponents to hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, in New York State which we believe would seriously threaten our water supply, in addition to the local waters. Our involvement in this collaborative beer is thanks to John Oteri, our sales representative in South Florida.
“The moment I decided to step up and do something about this situation was last June, right after my son was born,” Oteri says. “This was the time of one of our worst blue-green algae blooms to date and my family had been informed that there may be some airborne toxins associated with this particular bloom. Not only was the smell awful but we came to the realization that we didn’t live in paradise anymore. I knew once the national news coverage went away so would the awareness. I contacted Twisted Trunk and Captains for Clean Water because both are doing great things in the community and I thought we should work together to help raise money and awareness to fight this problem.”
Twisted Trunk’s Francis Andrewlevich was onboard immediately after being approached by Oteri. “The first time I saw the brown mucked up water I thought I was on another planet, says Andrewlevich. “I knew we had to do something to get it back to the Florida we all know and love.”
Southbound, the collaborative beer, was brewed at Twisted Trunk on Friday, March 24 by their brewing team and Justin “Lotty” Lottridge, a 10-year veteran of Brewery Ommegang. The beer will be available in cans and only during a launch event will be hosted at Twisted Trunk on Saturday, May 20. The brewery will donate proceeds from beer sales and the event to Captains for Clean Water. Additional details about the event are forthcoming.
In the meantime, follow the good work that Captains is doing in FL with #NowOrNeverglades on social media. You can also watch a video about the collaboration by WPTV.