Michael Crane, co-founder of Crane Brewing Co., recently experienced a night of restless sleep as news headlines about strife and division occupied his mind. “It occurred to me that now more than ever we need to come together to do what we can to repair the world,” he says. That realization led to the creation of the limited-edition Tikkun Olam, a New England-style IPA named after a Hebrew term that means “repair the world.”
Crane Brewing will release six-packs of Tikkun Olam at its taproom in Raytown, Missouri, on Fri., Dec. 11. Online pre-orders for the beer begin at 10am that day. In spirit and practice, the release of Tikkun Olam is a small step toward “helping to repair the stresses and strains that have been amplified by the pandemic.”
The IPA contains strawberry, passionfruit, mango, pomegranate, peach and vanilla, and its fruit flavors are enhanced by the addition of lactose sugar. “We chose the Milkshake IPA style purely for the delicious, creamy base,” brewery co-founder Christopher Meyers says. “Often as fruit ferments, you lose the sugar and sweetness that you would recognize. The lactose brings the fruitiness back to life. We intentionally chose several very different fruits that would blend well together, and depending on the person you may or may not be able to differentiate. It is a beautiful beer because of the complexity that is created.”
Crane, who is Jewish, consulted a local rabbi to ensure that naming a beer Tikkun Olam would convey a positive message. Suffice it to say, the beer’s name is rabbi-approved. The phrase Tikkun Olam also invokes a spirit of working for social justice and a period of peace, prosperity, health and justice for all. “A tenet of the Jewish religion is to always be concerned and involved in matters of social justice – not just for fellow Jews, but for all people,” Crane says. “We must care for the poor, sick and elderly and those who do not have a voice.”
“The theme of this whole project is us all recognizing and embracing our differences, yet we are better as a whole when we come together,” Meyers adds.
Tikkun Olam is part of Crane Cares, the brewery's philanthropic initiative that also upholds the spirit of “repairing the world.” Past beers in the series have included Black is Beautiful, which benefitted G.I.F.T. & KC Art on the Block, and All Together in support of KC Hospitality Support Initiative. A portion of Tikkun Olam’s sales will go to Harmony Project KC, which promotes the healthy growth and development of children in grades K-12 through the study, practice and performance of music.
“Every 6-pack and glass sold of Tikkun Olam will help repair the world through music,” Harmony Project KC Northeast Community Center Development Director Kyla Pitts-Zevin said in a statement. “It will fuel Harmony Project KC in 2021: to buy new instruments, sheet music and music stands, and to work with some of the best teaching artists the city has to offer. Proceeds from Tikkun Olam will help ensure that music is a right, not a privilege, for our city's children. The healing power of music has been that much more critical in 2020. One of our students shared: ‘Music is one of the few steady things I can count on right now.’ Through Crane’s generosity, children will continue to be positively transformed by music during and beyond this pandemic. The social justice root of Tikkun Olam – repairing the world – is a shared value of Crane and Harmony Project KC.”
“We chose Harmony Project KC because they put students in an orchestral setting,” says Meyers. The nonprofit’s mission aligns with Crane’s goals for Tikkun Olam. “Again, so many different instruments coming together in harmony.”
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