The Common Good
August 2007

Real Product: Freedom Ale!

by Rose Marie Berger, Jonathan Mendez | August 2007

Freedom Ale!

Freedom Ale! What better way to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the British abolition of the slave trade than with William Wilberforce Freedom Ale, a fair trade beer from England's Westerham Brewery Co. British fair trade groups challenged brewers to cook up a fair trade ale and cajoled pub owners to carry it. The ale is made with local hops and fair trade Demerara cane sugar—grown by small cooperatives in Kasinthula, Malawi—which gives it a "fruitiness reminiscent of pear drops and sherbet lemons to the nose, dominated by biscuity malt and hop resins." Remember that moderation is the watchword with all things, but a portion of each sale goes to Stop the Traffik, an international coalition of anti-trafficking groups.
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