Phoenix Brewing Co. is teaming up with Harmony House Homeless Services for a winter coat drive dubbed "Fight the Frost and Help Ward off the Yule Cat."
The Mansfield brewery will kick off the drive Wednesday (Nov. 14) with the tapping of Surly Gnome Winter Warmer and Snowglobe Spiced Holiday Ale. The last day for coat donations will be Dec. 5 during the release of Krampus Kandy White Coffee Stout.
Donations of new or gently used winter coats, hats, gloves and scarves for men, women and children will be accepted at the brewery during regular taproom hours. Skybox Packaging of Mansfield has provided containers to help store and sort donations until they can be delivered to Harmony House.
Snowglobe Spiced Holiday Ale is a new holiday beer for the brewery. It's a blonde ale brewed with honey and spices and infused with cranberry, orange, and apple.
“Being housed in a former mortuary, we really get to have a little fun with some of our beers and their art, even the holiday beers," brewery chief creative officer Carmone Macfarlane said in a prepared statement. "The Surly Gnome Winter Warmer has a skeletal gnome, Krampus Kandy White Stout has a cuddly and fierce Krampus, and since Snowglobe is our third holiday beer, we needed something that would work with the others. We began looking for another holiday monster and stumbled on the Yule Cat. The short version is the Yule Cat is from Icelandic folklore and eats people who don’t receive any new clothes before Christmas Eve. We just kept coming back to it. ... We have a lot of people in our own community that can’t afford a new coat or are homeless. We can do something to help keep people warm and from being eaten by the Yule Cat.”
Harmony House helped more than 418 adults and 121 children with lodging, meals, and laundry facilities last year.
"We see a spike in homelessness around the holidays and they usually arrive without winter coats," Harmony House CEO Kelly Blankenship said in a prepared statement. "Right this moment, we have 17 children, 10 women, and 20 men staying at the shelter. They usually try to survive the cold in a hoodie, but they truly need decent winter coats."