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Saucy Boy: A Toast to Resilience and Legacy

Fundraiser to raise funds for summer programming

  • By Marquis Lupton

Aired; May 10th, 2024.

In a unique collaboration celebrating history, community, and the spirit of resilience, Spring House Brewing Company has crafted “Saucy Boy,” a refreshing blend of pale lager and grapefruit soda. But this beer is more than just a beverage; it’s a tribute to the enduring legacy of Crispus Attucks, an emblematic figure in America’s fight for freedom.

Partnering with the Crispus Attucks Community Center and the Community Action Partnership of Lancaster County (CAP), Spring House Brewing Company embarked on a mission to commemorate and educate people about the historic significance of the Center, which has been a beacon of equity and justice in the community for nearly a century. The collaboration extends beyond brewing, with local artist Keisha Finnie lending her talents to create a visually stunning can design that honors the story of Crispus Attucks. Blending Finnie’s artwork with a bold citrus graphic, the can reflects the vibrant essence of Saucy Boy, mirroring the beer’s sweet, crisp, and citrusy notes.

The choice of name, “Saucy Boy,” carries profound meaning rooted in history. Crispus Attucks, an Indigenous-African man who escaped enslavement, met a tragic fate as the first American killed in the American Revolution. Yet, his memory endured, albeit tarnished by the derogatory remarks of the era. Future President John Adams infamously referred to Attucks and his compatriots as “a motley rabble of saucy boys,” among other disparaging epithets. For the collaborators behind Saucy Boy, the name symbolizes resilience in the face of adversity. It represents the defiance of oppression and the unwavering spirit of those who have fought for justice throughout history. Through this partnership, they aim to shed light on this often-overlooked chapter of American history and pay homage to Attucks’ enduring legacy.

“We are grateful to have some awesome partners carrying Saucy Boy in support of the Center,” expressed Joshua Hunter the center’s director. This sentiment underscores the collaborative effort that has brought Saucy Boy from concept to reality, with local businesses and community organizations rallying behind the cause. And the launch of Saucy Boy serves as more than just a celebration of craft beer; it’s a celebration of community, culture, and the resilience of the human spirit. With each sip, drinkers are invited to reflect on the legacy of Crispus Attucks and the countless others who have dared to defy oppression and pave the way for a more just and equitable future.

As Saucy Boy finds its place on shelves and in glasses across the community, it carries with it a message of hope and remembrance—a reminder that even in the face of adversity, the spirit of resilience endures. And in raising a glass to toast to this shared history, we honor the legacy of those who came before us and inspire future generations to continue the fight for justice and equality.

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