SOMETIMES IT'S ABOUT MORE THAN JUST THE BEER. We are releasing our latest Hazy IPA as part of our Project X Series; this time honoring the life of friend and beer stalwart, Nate Soroko, who left us last year. Mutual friend and artist, Sean Dominguez, known most notably for his work in the Beer Community with The Lost Abbey, Pizza Port, and Yours Truly, reached out to us after Nate’s passing to share his latest work of art: a personal dedication to his long-time friend and co-worker, but this time it wasn’t just a beer label.
Sharing a mutual desire to reciprocate Nate’s unwavering support of our brand and the craft beer scene at large, we came together with Sean using our Beer + Art program as a platform to make this beautiful tribute available for the world to enjoy:
“Nate’s High Standing within the Beer and Culinary Communities was demonstrated to me first hand, time and time again over our many years of working, traveling, beer-tending, and cooking together. Nate’s love and passion for “Craft” in all its forms, tied together with his loving kindness towards all people, made him not just a staple of the hospitality community, but a Legend that inspired everyone to do better, and to settle for nothing but the best. Nate is sorely missed; however, his legacy lives on through all who were lucky enough to spend time with him.”
-Kevin Hopkins – Executive Vice President, Mother Earth Brew Co.
Although taking a backseat to the story, the beer itself is certainly worthy of such an assignment, featuring a beautiful aromatic floral bouquet with citrus, stone fruit, and some pine. A malt bill featuring just 2-row malted barley and wheat, ensures it goes down smooth - Something Mother Earth knows Nate would surely have enjoyed.
In addition, we're making a charitable donation to The Culinary Institute of America’s (CIA’s) “Anthony Bourdain ’78 Legacy Scholarship” in Nate’s honor. Hopkins elaborates:
“It seems only fitting to support an organization and scholarship that trains and inspires others to succeed and is named for one of Nate’s true Heroes. We think that Nate would be honored to have his name listed on their roles.”
“In Memoriam” will be available in 16oz cans and on draft where independent craft beers are sold. Customers may also use our interactive beer finder. Visit our Project X page for more info on the series.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
The man behind the curtain who brought Nate's spirit to life is local Carlsbad surfer and artist, Sean Dominguez. His illustrations appear on beer cans, signs, and murals. Sean has a storied legacy in the San Diego beer scene, known for creating some of the most iconic labels for some of San Diegos most storied breweries. In 2014 Sean helped create the labels for a series that would become one of Mother Earth's crown jewels - 4Seasons (formerly known as The Four Seasons of Mother Earth).