Three Washington breweries team up to create a beer for Ukraine



Local brewers create a beer to support relief efforts in Ukraine and here at home.

Although Burke-Gilman Brewing is located in Seattle, the brewery has roots in Spokane, which explains the partnership with two Spokane area breweries that resulted in Slava Ukraini Golden Ale. Burke-Gilman Brewing, Whistle Punk Brewing, and Precious Things Fermentation Project teamed up to create a beer to support relief efforts in Ukraine.

“All the owners of Burke-Gilman are from Spokane and we knew there was a large population of Ukrainian refugees there, so we thought it would be great to partner with two Spokane breweries,” said Kenneth Trease, one of the co-founders of Burke-Gilman Brewing. “Collaborating together on a style of beer none of us had brewed or even tasted before was really exciting.” 

The brewers did some research and learned about a style of beer that they’d never made or even drank. Ukrainian Golden Ale is described as a strong, slightly sweet ale with a subdued hop character. Some beers of this style, including this collaboration beer, include coriander. Trease explains that the crew from Burke-Gilman traveled to Spokane to brew the beer.


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Slava Ukraini Golden Ale is available on draft for a limited time at all three breweries: Burke-Gilman Brewing in Seattle’s Laurelhurst neighborhood, Whistle Punk Brewing in downtown Spokane, and Precious Things Fermentation Project just outside of Spokane.

On Instagram, Precious Things Fermentation Project described it like this: “It’s a unique beer style that blends Belgian and English styles into something smooth, strong, and completely delicious!”


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Proceeds from the beer support two organizations: Ukrainian Red Cross and Spokane Helps Ukraine. The latter is an organization created by local, Spokane area Ukrainians with the mission of raising money to feed families and friends still in Ukraine, and to assist families that are escaping their homeland and relocating to Spokane.

“It’s a very distinctive beer that we are proud of and think will be very popular,” said Trease. “The best thing is we got to hang out with two of our favorite breweries from Spokane and make a beer for an important cause.”


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The term Slava Ukraini translates to “glory to Ukraine.”

For more news about recent beer releases, visit the Washington Beer Blog’s New Beer Releases page.



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