While in the past, scores of rainbow flags ushered in the start of Pride month, now, the start of summer sees the arrival of dozens of glitter-spangled… well, everything. If you’d like to show your Pride spirit, you can now do so with Converse sneakers, T-shirts, and, of course, beer. This year, more than a dozen breweries have already rolled out festive-looking cans. Whether these beers are sincere attempts at showing solidarity with the LGBTQ community or just a marketing ploy, it’s hard to deny that June brings plenty of rad and rainbow-covered beer designs. The best of these sport eye-popping original work by talented artists. We sifted through the noise to pick our shortlist of favorites that not only look beautiful but also donate some of their sales to LGBTQ-focused causes.
Five Boroughs Brewing’s United By Beer
For a distinctly New York spin on a Pride beer, artist Boneli Lotilla created a stunning design inspired by the Unisphere in Queens. Not only is the artwork for the brewery’s United By Beer aesthetically appealing, but it’s also ideologically apt. The theme of the 1964 World’s Fair, for which the now-famous structures were created, was “Peace Through Understanding.” In order to help foster that within their own community, Five Boroughs will donate a portion of proceeds to the City’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center (The Center).
Marz Community Brewing’s Gay IPA
In the spirit of celebrating diversity, Marz Community Brewing tapped four different artists to come up with some truly inspired visual concepts for the Gay IPA. Kristen Liu-Wong, Sam Kirk, Edie Fake, and Zipeng Zhu all leant their signature styles to four can designs that run the gambit from whimsical to phallic. A portion of the proceeds from sales will go to Chicago-based organizations that support the local LGBTQ community, including Affinity Community Services, Brave Space Alliance, Chicago Black Gay Men's Caucus, Youth Empowerment Performance Project (YEPP), The Legacy Project, Equality Illinois, and ALMA Chicago.
Goose Island’s 312 DH Pride Can
Goose Island decided to give a few cans of their 312 Dry-Hopped Urban Wheat Ale a Queer Eye-worthy makeover this year. The result is a shimmering, iridescent wrap that reflects the full spectrum of the rainbow in honor of all sexual orientations and gender identities. A dollar from the sale of each can (up to $5,000 in total) will go to support Project Fierce, which provides transitional housing for LGBTQ youth.
Lamplighter Brewing’s Gender Trouble
Judith Butler probably didn’t have a pale ale in mind when she penned her game-changing queer-theory text, but we’re guessing she wouldn’t have minded this one. With fruity New Zealand-grown Nelson Sauvin hops and a mellow 5.5% ABV, this beer is ideally suited to day-drinking as you follow the parade. The hazy, fluid rainbow wraparound looks just right and $1 from the sale of each four-pack and each taproom pour will be donated to Youth on Fire, a program of AIDS Action Committee of Massachusetts that supports homeless youth in Cambridge.
Threes Brewing’s Gender Neutral
Ten percent of proceeds from this Threes Brewing’s Gender Neutral will go towards the Anti-Violence Project, a local organization that combats all forms of violence against members of the LGBTQ community and those HIV-positive individuals. The pale lager delicately perfumed with lemon zest may be on the subtle side, but the psychedelic, swirling can art is anything but.
Fremont Brewing’s Pride
This straw-colored kolsch with a 5.5% ABV is the fourth annual edition of Fremont Brewing’s Pride beer. This brilliantly colored version brewery’s iconic heron looks ready to fly to the tropics. While the overall can design is subtler than most, the bold pink print title is undeniably eye-catching. Each year, proceeds go to a different set of organizations that support the LGBTQ community. For 2019, the brewers intend to donate $6,000 to causes including the GSBA Scholarship Fund and Camp Ten Trees.