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Local brewing community comes together to celebrate Havasu’s history

October 12, 2018

In celebration of the event that put Lake Havasu City on the map, three local businesses are looking to commemorate the occasion with a drink.

In the 50 years since Robert McCulloch laid the foundation stone for the rebuilt London Bridge, many industries have grown in western Arizona’s desert paradise. Few have been more visible than the craft brewing industry.

The three largest breweries that call Havasu home: Barley Brothers, Mudshark and College Street, have teamed as Brewing Community Pride to launch “Foundation 50”, a collaborative beer sold in six commemorative cans that feature some of the things that have made Havasu a destination.

The cans are all stylish, each with a different theme. A yellow can sports the visage of McCulloch using a chainsaw. A navy can mimics the 1960s with psychedelic lettering of ‘Across the Pond’ backed by the Union Jack. A pastel pink can celebrates the city’s snowbirds with a cactus and a list of northern cities and their frigid winter temperatures. Another touts 90s Spring Break, complete with bright colors and geometric shapes ala ‘Saved By the Bell.’ Each can is sponsored by a different community business, further helping to tie the community together.

Six packs of the beer are available at the launch date on Tuesday. Each brewery will have a 75-minute party, with times staggered to allow revelers a chance to enjoy each venue. Barley Bros will kick off the festivities at 4 p.m., with Mudshark beginning its event at 5:30 p.m. and College Street at 7 p.m.

Each person who buys a six pack of Foundation 50 at the launch parties will receive a raffle ticket for a chance to win a trip for two for five nights in London.

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