Columbia Craft Brewing People Power

what: Columbia Craft Brewing Co.’s People Power

ABV: 5 percent

cost: $6

Columbia Craft Brewing Company continues to turn to classic European styles and put its own stamp on them. This brand-new beer is inspired by and benefits a good cause as well. The People Power Grisette was brewed specifically for the People Power Beer movement, which has seen breweries across the country brew beers to benefit the American Civil Liberties Union and its grassroots People Power initiative to champion voting rights. Columbia Craft is the first South Carolina brewery to participate in the program, where breweries donate 10 percent of sales of a particular beer to the cause as well as help raise awareness of the People Power movement.

“I discovered the movement and just thought it would be a good way for us to give back to an organization championing/defending voting rights,” says Shaun Piggott, head brewer at Columbia Craft.

The choice of a grisette-style beer was deliberate, too.

“We picked the grisette because traditionally it was a working class beer originally brewed for miners in Belgium. It was a brand-new style for us, so it was another way to kind of get attention for the People Power movement in general.”

The result is a light and refreshing little number with a clean taste bordering on the saison side. Through a little dry-hopping it also has a hop-forward quality that may position it as a gateway for IPA and pale ale lovers to start giving saisons a chance. The beer will have a limited distribution at bars around town, and of course is available at the brewery itself. 

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