Fans of “Hamilton” have a new way to celebrate the success of the Broadway musical: a beer brewed exclusively for the show. You’ll just have to go to New York City to drink it.
Bronx-based Gun Hill Brewing Co. has produced an ale based on references in the show’s song “My Shot” called “Rise Up Rye” that boasts notes of citrus and spice.
Its ingredients include rye, barley, New Zealand Wai-iti hops and saison yeast—with the rye part also meant to highlight a grain that was important to New York and the colonies.
The beer was the brainchild of two Broadway actors, James Ludwig and Mark Aldrich, who had been looking to launch Broadway Brews—a venture through which they would pair up with a brewery and adapt popular shows into ales and use proceeds to benefit charities.
The two are the hosts behind “The Happy Hour Guys,” a podcast and web series in which they feature bars and breweries.
Little did they know that they would end up landing one of the biggest shows on Broadway for their first beer.
“For years, we’ve been trying to think of a way to get our Broadway lives and our craft lives to intersect,” Aldrich says on their site. “The idea hit: Let’s get a hit Broadway show together with a local NY area brewer, to brew a one-off craft beer for charity. #BroadwayBREWS!”
The cast and crew of “Hamilton” came up with the idea for the beer, with the show’s Javier Muñoz, the stand-in for lead and creator Lin-Manuel Miranda, joining cast members Kamille Upshaw and David Guzman to pitch in and help produce the first batch.
Since the launch of “Rise Up Rye,” the beer has raised over $13,000 for Graham Windham, a social services agency for children that was founded by Alexander Hamilton’s wife, and was mentioned in the hip-hop musical for opening New York City’s first orphanage. The organization will use the funds to support the Eliza Project, which recruits performers to teach kids to sing, act and dance.
Based on the life of Hamilton, a Founding Father and America’s first Treasury secretary, “Hamilton” made history for being nominated for 16 Tony Awards—more than any other show in Broadway history.
If it wins the big prizes, there’ll be another reason to raise a pint of “Rise Up Rye.”
We’re sure Alexander Hamilton wouldn’t mind.