For lovers of all things local, don't be put off by the Davis, California label on the new Hindman Junction IPL released on July 2.
Named after the intersection of Missouri's statewide Katy Trail with the MKT Trail, the"Hindman Junction brew was cultivated from a partnership between Sudwerk Brewing Company and PedNet Coalition in honor of late Mayor Darwin Hindman and the 30th Anniversary of the Katy Trail. Darwin was a long-time advocate for PedNet and led fundraising for the 240-mile Katy Trail. He later served as mayor of Columbia for 15 years.
Although Sudwerk Brewing Company is about a thousand miles away in Davis, "ownership includes two MU alumni, two Missouri S&T alumni, and three others from the St. Louis area," according to a press release. Located in the "bicycle capital of the word," Sudwerk shares the accessibility and transportation values of PedNet Coalition, a transportation organization that focuses on biking, walking and public transit to create a better and more accessible community.
Lawrence Simonson, Chief Strategy Officer for PedNet, says that the collaboration with Sudwerk came naturally because of their shared roots. The groups have collaborated on local events in Columbia for the past three years.
"They pay a lot of attention to things bike-related and decided to do something special for the Katy Trail," Simonson says. "They reached out and said, ‘Hey, we’d like to partner with you all.’"
The beer is called Hindman Junction and is sold at all three Hy-Vee locations in Columbia and along the Katy Trail at Hindman Junction, Cooper's Landing and Tomkins in historic St. Charles, says PedNet Communications Coordinator Erica Ascani.
Simonson says the beer has a light profile, perfect for summer. "If you happen to be using the Katy Trail or the MKT Trail, you want something that is kind of crisp and refreshing."
In the release, Sudwerk says the profile includes Citra, Mosaic and Simcoe for piney, citrus and tropical flavors.
Ascani and Simonson agree that COVID-19 has affected event planning for the release of the brew, but that it is still selling well. A portion of the proceeds go to PedNet, Ascani says. "We probably would have had an event at a Darwin Hindman Memorial, like Stephens Lake Park or Hindman Junction."
Although PedNet is refraining from one of their trademark social events, they do plan on hosting events that are "not social, but will help promote the beer," Simonson says. These events are still in the works and will be released on PedNet's Facebook page when more details are available.
He says the beer celebrates the "amazing person that Hindman was" and his work in developing a more bike- and trail-friendly community in Columbia during his 15-year run as Columbia mayor. He calls Hindman "the kindest, most-respected person I'd ever met."
Hindman had a long career in Columbia politics, public service and environmental health. Aside from his efforts with the Katy and MKT Trails, he earned funding for Stephens Lake Park and the Activity & Recreation Center during his terms. The ARC took multiple decades and two failed campaigns before it was finally approved by voters, according to the Columbia Missourian. Hindman was first elected mayor in 1995 and served five consecutive terms before retiring from office in 2010.
"You don’t get a person who's mayor for 15 years if that person doesn't have great respect," Simonson says. "Not only from people who naturally like him, but also people who disagree with him."