Community tap: beer sales go to Regina Open Door Society

Rebellion Brewing will donate proceeds from sales of their latest beer to the Regina Open Door Society.

Sales of the new citrus ginger beer will go to the community organization

The ginger citrus beer recipe took three times to get right. (Mike Zartler)

On Tuesday, Rebellion Brewing launched a new citrus ginger beer. A portion of the proceeds from each pint and growler sold will be donated to Regina's Open Door Society.

The brewery calls it their community tap offering. ​The community tap project is put on by Rebellion Brewing to get people excited about beer while also helping out a local organization.

This particular partnership stemmed from a social media contest put on a few months ago. The brewery asked fans to submit a personal beer recipe. 

Local beer enthusiast Joel Forsythe was the winner with his citrus ginger beer recipe and he even got to help brew it. 

"We're naming it Third Time's a Charm because it took us three test batches to dial it in and get the flavours we wanted," Forsythe said.

He chose the Open Door Society to be the recipient of the money. 

It is an organization that assists refugees and immigrants settlement and integration into the Regina community. 

"They do a lot of great work here in the community," Mark Heise, vice president and brewmaster, said. "We have to give back as well."

About a dollar per pint or growler sold of the citrus ginger beer will be donated to the Regina Open Door Society. (Mike Zartler)

Forsythe's citrus ginger beer has been described as a refreshing seasonal drink. Dominant flavours include lemon, lime and orange as well as a notable hint of ginger.

"It's tailor-made for summer,"  Heise said. "It's entirely new to us, this is something none of us have ever tried to make before."

He said the beer isn't one he'd typically choose to make.  
Rebellion Brewing has released a new beer as part of their community tap series. (Mike Zartler)

"That's why we love the community tap series, because it challenges us to brew something different," he said.

Previously, Rebellion Brewing has donated proceeds from their community tap to organizations like Carmichael Outreach and Regina Cat Rescue. They've also raised funds for juvenile diabetes and breast cancer, Heise said. 

About one dollar from each pint or growler sold goes to the organization.

Heise said that means they usually donate somewhere between $1,200 to $1,700 per community tap.