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Four local breweries collaborate on beer to benefit Ellicott City, Baltimore flood relief

Four local beer-makers have brewed a beer to benefit businesses in Ellicott City and Baltimore damaged by July's flooding.

Key Brewing Co., Monument City Brewing Co., Brewer's Art and White Marsh Brewing Co. are collaborating to create Ryelief, a ginger rye ale whose proceeds will go to the Ellicott City Partnership and the fund assisting Nepenthe Homebrew in the Meadow Mill complex, the breweries announced in a statement today.

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The beer will be released Wednesday, and bars can purchase it from Bond Distributing. One hundred percent of the proceeds from Ryelief will go toward flood relief funds.

Red Brick Station in White Marsh will hold a Ryelief release event Wednesday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., followed by another event at Max's Taphouse in Fells Point on Sept. 13 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

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Country Malt Group donated all the grains to create Ryelief, which was brewed with North American pale malt, malted rye, Warrior hops and Santiam hops, and fermented with Westmalle Belgian yeast and ginger root. Mark Supik & Co. is donating tap handles to restaurants and bars that will serve the beer.

Key Brewing, Monument City Brewing, Brewer's Art and White Marsh Brewing aren't alone in their efforts to assist with flood relief through the creation and sale of specialty beer. Jailbreak Brewing Co. teamed up with Flying Dog Brewing to create their Watershed Moment Belgian IPA, whose sales will go toward Ellicott City flood relief. That beer will debut Sept. 9 at the Wine Bin and Judge's Bench in downtown Ellicott City.

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