Collaboration Beer: Hip Key Pale Ale

Flagstaff is full of so many amazing non-profits and community outreach programs, and we are lucky enough to pair with a select few throughout the year to help provide awareness and raise money for their great causes. This month we have teamed up with Dark Sky Aerial to let everyone know what incredible work they are doing within the community and the state of Arizona, and help them raise funds for their future shows. 

Dark Sky Aerial was founded in 2015 with the goal of creating high caliber, original theater works. Through this process, they have worked to build a strong artist community both locally and regionally, in the Western US. Dark Sky Aerial creates thought provoking and meaningful aerial theatre that is created in unique and non-traditional spaces. If you’ve been lucky to see one or both of their shows, OPIA and TILT, then you will know the impact that these high quality and impressive shows create. They use a variety of mediums, including aerial dance, modern dance, live music, visual art and spoken word, to pose questions about our perceptions and show the connection that exists between us all as a society. 


This local non-profit is run by five board members and a creative team that all help to create a vision for their shows and is in charge of fundraising for each performance. Each show takes hundreds of hours to put on and provides a creative space for both local community members and amazing aerialists and performers from across the country. They have big plans for even more productions in 2020 and we are excited to be helping them raise some money and get the word out about their organization.

Hip Key Pale Ale was brewed with three members of the Dark Sky Aerial creative team and was inspired by a fun take on a traditional style. A “Hip Key”is a common technique on the aerial silks or rope, using the hip to lock one’self into the apparatus. The result is that the arms and legs become free for expression in this pose. Dark Sky Aerial chose this name as a nod to this foundational technique, and it carries a double meaning with this fundraiser. When small, local arts nonprofits lock in the financial support they need, they are free to use their resources to create and grow.

This Key Lime Pale Ale has an IBU of 35 and an ABV of 5% and is dark straw in color. On the nose it has a faint key lime and floral aroma which translates into the taste of the beer. This pale ale is on the more bitter side for a pale ale with a good hop bite that is a perfect compliment to the key lime flavors. It has notes of floral hops, graham cracker, and of course citrus. The Hip Key Pale Ale is perfect for Pale Ale drinkers who want something different and unique. 

Hip Key Key Lime Pale Ale

This beer is already on tap at our locations and 10% off each keg sale is going directly to Dark Sky Aerial to help fund their future productions. We are also having a Pint Night with Dark Sky Aerial at our Downtown Flagstaff location on November 12th from 6-9pm. We will have the Hip Key Pale Ale on special during that time and Dark Sky Aerial will be there to tell you more about what they do and how you can support their current and future projects. Come join us on the 12th to try the beer and support the community in a fun and tasty way!