Breweries release El Nino inspired beer

El Nino beer by Hiker Brewing and Charleys Creek

With the El Nino weather pattern settling across Australia and threatening unseasonably dry weather, Australian farmers have never needed a beer more. So two breweries have come together to create a beer for farmers that will not only slake their thirsts, but will raise valuable funds for drought relief efforts.

Hiker Brewing Co. and Charleys Creek Brewing are excited to unveil El Nino a specially crafted easy-drinking Mexican Legare dedicated to supporting drought relief efforts through Drought Angels, highlighting the breweries’ commitment to making a positive impact on communities affected by drought.

“El Nino” is more than just a beer; it’s a refreshing reminder of the vital connection between beer, agriculture, and the environment.

Crafted by Hiker Brewing Co. and Charleys Creek, this easy-drinking Mexican Lager offers an easy drinking beer for the summer months while raising funds to alleviate the impact of drought on Australian agriculture.

Sales of El Nino will directly benefit Drought Angels, an organization dedicated to providing assistance to farmers and rural communities affected by drought. The collaboration between Hiker Brewing Co. and Charleys Creek reflects a shared commitment to supporting those on the frontline of drought challenges.

The breweries will donate $100 per keg and $1 per can and bars and clubs that choose to purchase El Nino are encouraged to also run charity events to raise money for Drought Angels.

A Karma keg will also be pouring at the launch event, with all sales from El Nino on the night going to Drought Angels.

El Nino comes to life through the generous support of key suppliers. Neumaker, Bintani, Kegstar, Cyer Malt, and Rallings Labels, Stickers, and Packaging have all contributed their high-quality ingredients and materials, underscoring the brewing industry’s solidarity and recognition of beer as an agricultural product deeply connected to weather patterns.

Phil Sharp from Hiker Brewing Co said El Nino is the breweries’ way of bringing attention to the interconnectedness of beer, agriculture, and the environment.

“We are delighted to support our rural communities during these challenging times.”

Steve Keating from Charleys Creek: agreed, saying “crafting ‘El Nino’ has been a meaningful journey for us. It’s a beer that not only quenches your thirst but also highlights the importance of collective efforts to address the impact of drought on Australian agriculture.”

How to Support: “El Nino” will be available for purchase at select retailers, bars, and restaurants. Additionally, individuals can contribute directly to the cause by making donations to Drought Angels through their website.

Launch Event: Join us for the official launch of “El Nino” on Thursday 23 November 2023 at 6pm at Hiker Brewing Co – 81 Pentex Street Salisbury. This event is an opportunity for the community to come together, enjoy a refreshing beer, and contribute to drought relief efforts.

About Hiker Brewing Co.:

Hiker Brewing Co. has been opened to the public since February 2023, and has become a much loved addition to the Salisbury Community. Hiker has quickly built a reputation for its beers having been awarded numerous medals at the Royal Queensland Beer Awards, and the Australian Independent Beer Awards.

About Charleys Creek:

Charleys Creek is in the process of building a brewery and distillery to complement its unique campground situated right on Chinchilla’s doorstep. Set on 35 acres on the banks of Charleys Creek, it has a beautiful bush land setting adjacent to the creek.

About Drought Angels:

Drought Angels was established in 2014 to respond to the needs of primary producers impacted by prolonged drought, initially in Queensland. Since then, Drought Angels has expanded to provide financial assistance, food hampers, care packs, and mental wellbeing support to over 4,700 primary producers affected by all natural disasters (drought, flood, fire, and plagues) in over 1,300 communities across Australia. The frequency and severity of natural disasters mean many are at risk of losing their farm or walking away. According to a 2021 study, one farmer completes suicide every 10 days (59% higher than the rate among non-farmers). Drought Angels seeks to reduce this through phone conversations and on farm visits. By supporting these farmers to stay on the land through assistance tailored to their individual needs, Drought Angels contributes to Australia’s regional economies, food security and the social wellbeing of rural communities.

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