NAGBW – Marcus Baskerville from Weathered Souls Brewing

The NAGBW hosted another illuminating beer discussion this time with Marcus Baskerville from Weathered Souls Brewing the brewer and brewery behind the Black is Beautiful cause.

As with past recaps, here are notes that I found of interest….

  • Very hard to get donation data back from breweries. Baskerville has received a skosh over 400 survey replies out of 1,200 participants
  • Wal-Mart has entered into selling the beer and that has worked out well so far
  • Black is Beautiful has gone into hoodies, chocolate and bourbon
  • some days Baskerville has been interviewed from 8am to 8pm
  • Baskerville has tasted 45-50 of the BiB beers with Fremont and the Alchemist being noteworthy
  • was happy to second heritage breweries like Stone and Russian River join in
  • Weathered Souls has the #1 IPA in San Antonio
  • the brewery was heavily impacted by the snow storms in Texas and followed other brewery lead said in providing drinking water
  • Baskerville was wearing a Laker shirt in SAN ANTONIO!

Review – Diego Antonio IPA from AleSmith and Weathered Souls

Earlier this month, I reviewed some Black is Beautiful beers which was started by Weathered Souls Brewing, to end the month, I wanted to review a collaboration done with AleSmith.

Pours a clear yellow with a fluffy head to it. Citra and Nelson hops. Aroma is neutral with a taste by bit of citrus detected. Harsh orange and lemon taste. Very wet mouthfeel to it.  Alcohol really shows and still tastes like a higher alcohol beer.

Featured Review – Black is Beautiful x3

I rounded up three of the local versions of the Weathered Souls Black is Beautiful beers to review in one big post. Smog City, Los Angeles Ale Works and Ogopogo.

Smog City
Pours s dark brown/ black mix. Big espresso head of foam. Burnt notes big here. Lowest abv of the trio. Chicory. Coffee. A bit watery but only just barely so. Direct and simple.

Los Angeles Ale Works
Pours a dark black. Coconut strong to start. Lovely aroma. Sorta like a salted caramel. Sweet and salt. Tilted a bit much to the salt side though in the end. Does not taste 10%.

Cinnamon is the dominant flavor here. Alcohol more prevalent here too. Very smooth mouthfeel. Sorta like a fall coffee drink. Minor roast notes. Minor sweetness.


I love me a clever beer name and a clever collaboration beer name adds just an extra layer of difficulty but AleSmith and the Weathered Souls crew have cone up with a great one for their combined IPA. Plus the saintly artwork is cool too.


We just had the All Together nationwide collab and now, we get another one, this time due to the work of Weathered Souls Brewing’s “Black Is Beautiful Initiative.”

The goal of the San Antonio brewery “is to create a collaborative effort among the brewing community and its customers, in an attempt to bring awareness to the injustices that many people of color face daily.

The mission is to show that the brewing community is an inclusive place for everyone of any color.”

Be on the lookout in July for local Los Angeles versions.

A portion of the proceeds from the sale of this beer will be going to the Black Visions Collective, Campaign Zero, the Innocence Project, and the National Bail Out.