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Garage Project and Karma Cola make a mixed up beer

Garage Project and Karma Cola make a mixed up, muddled up, shook up beer.

Garage Project have teamed up with Karma Cola to make a beer that lives up to the lyrics of its inspiration, Lola by the Kinks. “Drinking champagne that tastes just like cherry cola” the beer could very easily “walk like a woman and talk like a man”.

Like all Karma Cola collabs, Lola has a big heart. Every can will donate 20 cents to the Karma Cola Foundation, supporting girls education in Sierra Leone.

During Wellington on a Plate this year cola and craft beer lovers will be able to double down and enjoy a burger with a beer and the taste of cola in one.

“We were looking for classic burger matches and a 'cola inspired beer' doesn't get any better really!” says Jos, Ruffell, co-founder of Garage Project. “We always strive to source the best ingredients for our brews, so we're thrilled to collaborate with Karma Cola – a great like minded company, who have shared their magical, ethical cola with us."

Brewed with citrus, spices, whole sour cherries and Karma Cola cola nuts, Lola's got quite a tangy cherry flavour with a kick of cola at the end.

“One of the things I love about this job is working with people we admire. Garage Project are right up there. I’ve been jealous of their label and can designs and drinking their beer for ages. Now we get to play together. The lyrics of Lola go ‘it’s a mixed up, muddled up, shook up world’, we’ll be using money from the project to unmuddle a small part of it.”

The Karma Cola Foundation was established to develop sustainable economic independence for cola farmers and their families in Boma, and help them rebuild their lives after their ten-year war. “We support a lot of initiatives but every year we’ve increased the number of girls we put through school,” says Simon. “It’s not easy getting an education in West Africa, especially if you’re a girl. If you have brothers, they'll probably go to school instead of you. We call it Thirst Aid,” says Coley.

And now Thirst Aid will be Beer Aid during Wellington On A Plate: 20 cents from every can of Lola sold will go into the Karma Cola Foundation.

Lola will be available during Wellington On A Plate at: Dragonfly, Five Boroughs, Hillside Kitchen, LBQ, Logan Brown, Monterey, One Fat Bird, One80 Restaurant & Bar, The Lido, The Larder, The Library

“We’re into things that taste good and do good and when we get to work with friends like Garage Project, so they taste awesome and look good too, it doesn’t get much better” says Coley.


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