My name is Jayson Mathieu, I am the Event Manager and Wedding director at the Inn on Peaks Island, a quaint Inn, Restaurant & Brew Pub (Owned by Shipyard Brewing Company) off the coast of beautiful Portland, ME. I am also a proud member of the LGBTQ community and I have a story for you!!:
For 3 years running I have coordinated an event at the Inn on Peaks for Pride Portland’s annual “Tea Dance Party” (https://PridePortland.org). This event caps off June’s Portland Pride events with an afternoon of dancing, fun, food and libations! It’s one of my favorite events and I take PRIDE in how many people we get out here to celebrate, enjoy the Inn and explore this beautiful Island.
This year I was thinking about how we could really make this event even more special and concluded that we needed our very own queer beer! I wanted an LGBTQ themed Hazy IPA (my favorite) that we could serve during the dance. Naturally, I presented the idea to owner Fred Forsley and he said YES! He sent me to the company’s new marketing manager, Adam Moses and to double my surprise, my idea was not only embraced but enthusiastically supported! Adam and I sat down and came up with a plan to not only make this product but make it available to anyone who shares in our beliefs that LOVE is something to be shared by all!
I feel so blessed and appreciative that I work for a company that stands behind me and behind the LGBTQ community. I would have never thought that I would be able to say that I have helped develop a product available from Maine to California that represents a community I stand for and love. I give you – HOPPY PRIDE HAZY IPA! A delicious citrus forward, Hazy IPA that stands up and screams LOVE IS FOR EVERYONE!