Can't get a ticket to "Hamilton?" Try the beer instead.
The collaboration is part of the Broadway Brews Project, started by beer-loving Broadway actors, Mark Aldrich and Jimmy Ludwig, known for the Happy Hour Guys web series. They wanted to pair their two passions, Broadway and craft beer, to raise money for a local charity.
Hamilton was not the first musical the Happy Hour Guys pitched to collaborate, Ludwig told DNAinfo New York. But when another musical told them they were not interested, Ludwig reached out to the Hamilton PR team, who agreed to the collaboration.
“It was a perfect match because Gun Hill Brewing Company’s whole ethic is American Revolutionary History,” Ludwig said. Gun Hill was a strategic battle site between the Americans and British during the Revolutionary War. They also brew a Cherry Tree Ale, named for the George Washington lore. “They’ve always had a connection to history and it was perfect.”
News of the new brew was first reported by All About Beer Magazine.
Three of the cast members traveled to the brewery to help brew the single batch of Rise Up Rye.
So far, the project has raised over $13,000 for a charity, Graham Windham, according to the Happy Hour Guys website.
Graham Windham was started as the Orphan Asylum Society by Alexander Hamilton’s wife, Elizabeth Schuyler Hamilton, in 1806. They now provide social and education services to children in Harlem, Brooklyn, the Bronx, and Westchester.
The beer is available at the brewery as well as about forty bars across the city including:
Cooper’s Craft (Chelsea and 2nd Avenue)
But this brew is a limited edition so make sure to call ahead before you head to the pub. If it’s anywhere near as popular as the musical, the keg will be all out soon.