Common Threads: a beer collaboration with Harlem Brewing Co
July 28, 2022
In June 2021, the Harlem and Brixton Business Improvement Districts started an exciting twinning partnership to celebrate the shared heritage, culture and values of two historic local areas in two of the world's great cities. Brixton and Harlem are hugely important cultural centres with great histories of being open and welcoming to newcomers, and being central places of importance for Black communities, nurturing activists, artists and visionaries.
Brixton is hosting the very first Brixton x Harlem festival from 3rd - 7th August to highlight all that the two local areas share, and to mark the twinning.
For the launch of the festival, we've worked with our friends at the renowned Harlem Brewing Company; the first Black, female-owned brewery in America, to brew a new limited-edition beer: Common Threads, a summer ale featuring pineapple and hibiscus, two tropical ingredients ubiquitous on the streets of both Brixton and Harlem. Refreshing and vibrant (it's pink!), the brew brings Brixton and Harlem straight to your tastebuds.
The beer cans feature a hand-drawn illustration by Brixton-based architects Squire & Partners showcasing the two areas. There are four different can designs, each championing various ties that weave together the two communities: music, culture and heritage, activism, and art and design.
DECODING THE DESIGNS:
Louis Armstrong, Fat Boys, Nicholas Brothers - Harlem Renaissance, The Reverend Gary Davis Stroy, Big L, James Brown (visits Harlem 1979), David Bowie
You can join the founders of Brixton Brewery and Harlem Brewing Co to celebrate the launch of Common Threads on 4th August at our tap room. While a DJ spins a Brixton x Harlem playlist, pull up a stool, get chatting and raise a glass to the flavours that unite us.