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Port Coquitlam brewery translates Ukrainian ale recipe to make special fundraising beer

The recipe was shared globally by a pub in Lyiv to raise awareness, and it took a whole day for PoCo Brothers to decipher it.
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PoCo Brothers Brewing is making a Ukrainian ale from a translated recipe in hopes of raising funds for humanitarians efforts to the eastern European nation.

PoCo Brothers Brewing is leading a regional fundraising effort after one of its own was able to translate a Ukrainian beer recipe.

Rick Dellow says it took a whole day to make sense of the ingredients and measurements shared by Pravda Brewpub.

The brewery and theatre in Lyiv, one of many cities Russian troops invaded in the last two months and forced several citizens to evacuate, reached out to the global brewing community in hopes of raising awareness of the ongoing conflict.

Now, PoCo Brothers is leading a team of nine Lower Mainland businesses to raise funds for humanitarian action in Ukraine by selling the ale Pravda provided.

After about a month's work, local shelves are set to be stocked with the brewery's Ukrainian Golden Ale on Thursday (April 21).

"What is going on in Ukraine is outside the standard of our lifetime," said Dellow in a release, who's also the head brewer of the Port Coquitlam business. 

He hopes other B.C. breweries can take up the challenge, "form a group in their area and support Ukraine in a similar way."

"This is our collaboration to try and help the brave people of Ukraine."

Dellow explained $2 from every pint sold, and all proceeds from keg sales, will be earmarked for the World Central Kitchen — a non-profit that provides meals to those impacted by disaster.

As of April 3, the organization said it has offered nearly 300,000 meals a day to Ukrainians still living in cities under Russian invasion.

The concoction was completed by a teamwork of companies that offered to help with supplies and equipment to fill 24 kegs with the special blend.

They're set to be distributed to seven other breweries, including Port Coquitlam's Tinhouse Brewing Co. and Broadwalk Brewing.

The others are (in alphabetical order):

  • Brassneck Brewing (Vancouver)
  • Deep Cove Brewers (North Vancouver)
  • Five Roads Brewing Co. (Langley)
  • Main Street Brewing (Vancouver)
  • R&B Brewing (Vancouver)

The golden ale will also be sold at Kozak Ukrainian Eatery in Vancouver.

For more information, you can visit the PoCo Brothers Brewing website.