Renowned Sydney brewery Young Henrys have teamed up with none other than music and culture giants Rolling Stone to deliver the perfect amalgamation of beats and beer. The Unifier is a limited edition, hazy and hoppy pale ale made from rolled oats, with a stone fruit aroma. This creates a flavour which pays tribute to the peace and love-infused spirit of the music of yesteryear while toasting the ongoing use of music as a means of protest against injustice.
This limited-edition pale ale is inspired by music and beer’s shared power to unite people over time and space. It marks Rolling Stone’s first co-branded collaboration with an Australian craft beer.
At the helm of the partnership is a sonically and athletically gifted team of ambassadors comprising not only tennis champion and disability advocate Dylan Alcott, but also Amy Shark, Murray Cook and Patience Hodgeson. This collaboration calls awareness to The Unifier’s mission with a percentage of the proceeds going towards organisations such as the Dylan Alcott Foundation, Support Act, and Autism Camp Australia. Cheers to that!
Get your hands on a tinnie or schooner of The Unifier at pubs, bottle shops or online.
ICON caught up with co-founder of Young Henry’s, Oscar McMahon, to chat about his favourite music moments.
The Rolling Stones playing the Enmore Theatre – a warm up gig before a stadium tour in the early 2000s
“Once the theatre was full, the footpaths and streets of our community started filling up, couches came out of houses and the street became ‘unofficially closed’ while people sang and danced together in the street.”
1969 Woodstock and Altamont festival
“Only months apart and similar, at least on paper, in many ways but with vastly different memories and experiences for those in attendance. Together showing the 60s as what it was; an era equal parts bright progressive positivity and dark uncertainty.”
Midnight Oil release ‘Beds Are Burning’ in 1987
“A searing, visceral song about Aboriginal people’s rights to and ownership of this land. This song flew up the Australian charts and took this necessary conversation directly into the homes of white Australia.”
1938: The creation of Rock N Roll
“There are a few different artists who get the ‘tip of the hat’ for creating rock ‘n’ roll (most of them are men around the years of 1948-49) but Sister Rosetta Tharpe, a black, queer guitar player released a record called ‘Rock me’ in 1938 that has been cited as a profound influence by the likes of Chuck Berry, Elvis Presley and Little Richard. Listen to Sister Rosetta.”
Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds, Hordern Pavilion 2002
“A friend bought me a ticket because I ‘just had to see it’ and I have been thankful ever since. This lurching, pulsating, velvet suited and smoking (yes, even though smoking indoors was no longer legal omg), 7 headed monster showed a 20 year old me the intersection between art, crowd control, poetry, religious study v mockery, musical talent and punk fucking attitude. Formative stuff.”