Ruth Bader Ginsburg Inspires Sam Adams’ Latest Beer

By Neat Pour Staff |

DC legislators are always trying to connect with Joe SixPack. Perhaps, they should glance down the Potomac where one member of the judiciary is about to become Josephine SixPack. On Friday (3.22), Samuel Adams Beer announced “When There Are Nine,” a new brew honoring Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

The Belgian IPA derived its name from RPG’s famous answer to the question “When will there be enough women on the Supreme Court?”

(The brewery’s release also noted, “We wanted to name it Brut Bader Ginsburg but our legal team, uh, dissented.”)

The beer is the latest installment in a series of annual releases to support the Pink Boots Society as part of International Women’s Collaboration Brew Day (IWCBD). Pink Boots is a non-profit created to support women in the brewing industry. IWCBD is what you’d think: a series of limited releases created by women at over 60 different breweries.

The Notorious RPG! (Courtesy of Steve Petteway, Collection of the Supreme Court of the United States)

The literal base of the undertaking hails from the other Washington (Washington State). Legendary PacNW hop house Yakima Chief collaborated with the Pink Boots members to create a hop blend which female brewers across the country then used to create their own Pink Boots release.

This year’s hop mix (T90 pellets) included Loral, Mosaic, Simcoe, Sabro, and Glacier. Yakima Chief stated, “the combination creates a high aroma hop blend that contributes citrus, earthy and fruity aroma and flavor characteristics to beers.”

The hops were sold for three dollars per pound sold and the proceeds were donated to the Pink Boots Society scholarship fund. The special release beers created with the hops were also sold to raise funds for the Society’s charities and related causes.

The Sam Adams release is slated for March 29 at a special event in their Boston taproom. You can buy tickets here.

#SpoilerAlert: The SCOTUS justice did not respond to our request for comment. However, we do know that RPG loves some California reds.

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