I recently had the opportunity to spend a few hours at a nanobrewery with delicious beer and a unique concept – nonprofit, community-supported brewery. Lady Justice Brewing in Mountain View (I70 & Sheridan) has the unusual dual mission of brewing great beer and giving all profits to women-focused charities. Their motto is “Great Beer, Better World” and the three ladies who founded the brewery have a longstanding commitment to building better communities and also to making great beer. Their current model is a subscription club, where subscribers pick up a bomber every month and often a sampler of a new recipe too. The brewery then donates the proceeds through a grant process.
While hanging out with Kate, Betsy, and Jen I had the opportunity to watch them brew, sample some of their beer, and meet their community supporters. They build their beers with the malt as the foundation, then layer on the yeast, and then other fruits & spices. I tried the Sage Saison, Cardamom Porter, and Peach Brown. Both the saison and porter were very clean, with clear, traditional saison and porter tastes spiked with the specific flavors of the spices. Unlike some beers, the flavors didn’t get muddled or distorted by other ingredients or the brewing process. The brown had a similar clean base, but I only got a hint of the peaches. Overall, the beers were very much my style although only half the fun. The enthusiasm and passion of all the Lady Justice ladies, along with their subscribers, made for a truly awesome afternoon of beer and good people.
There’s not currently a taproom so you have to become a subscriber if you want try their beers. They expect to start the next 6-month subscription mid/late spring and you can visit www.ladyjusticebrewing.com to get on the mailing list or just learn more about the cool business model that Kate, Betsy, and Jen have created!