“Well, according to this, I’ve sold 71 cases,” said Sue Kumro, who owns Mermaid Liquors in Niantic. She was hanging out at her register with Lenny Corto of Soundview Brewing Company. “Just you,” said Corto. “Just me,” added Kumro.
The more Niantic Bay IPA they sell, the more money they raise to help build a Miracle League field in East Lyme.
“It’s gonna mean a lot to a lot of families,” said Kumro.
Mermaid Liquors, along with other Niantic businesses like Lillian’s Cafe which has it on tap, are selling the special edition brew.
“It’s been a very good seller actually since we put it on,” said Steve Turner who owns Lillian’s Cafe. “I’m glad it’s doing so well.”
Niantic Bay IPA was made by Sound View Brewing Company of Old Lyme to help build the pour-in-place rubber surface field at Flanders Elementary School.
“It’s all barrier-free, so the kids in walkers and wheelchairs have an opportunity to move about without any barriers, so that’s exciting,” said Dave Putnam, Director, East Lyme Parks & Recreation. He spearheaded this effort.
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Niantic Bay IPA was brewed just for this cause.
“Low alcohol, citrusy IPA,” described Corto. “It’s great for like, the spring the summer. Easy drinking, mellow. Not overly bitter, overly hoppy, so it’s good for everybody.”
And with the biodegradable six pack holders, it may be good for the environment too.
“If fish ingest it, it can kind of digest it because it’s made with spent grains in the brewing process as well as other plant material,” said Corto.
“We’d like to give back as much as possible, whether it’s to the environment or the community,” said Kayla Leduc who owns Soundview Brewing Company.
There are also glasses and t-shirts with the Niantic Bay IPA logo on them which are helping raise the $500,000 needed for phase one.
The beer will be brewed throughout the summer, which could help the Miracle League meet its goal of breaking ground late summer or early fall.
So far $400,000 has been raised by many in the community.
“It just blows me away every time I hear something that somebody’s doing nice for us,” said Putnam.