Two years ago, Second Harvest Food Bank launched A Spoon Full of Hope, a multi-product retail line and the first from the Feeding America network partner to do so. It’s a social enterprise program that supports the organization’s 16-week, no-cost Culinary Training Program for adults in transition. Seeing how supportive Hourglass Brewing is of the community, Second Harvest approached the brewery team about a collaboration utilizing any of the local, raw and unfiltered Honey for Good products. The result is An Hourglass Full of Hope, which is an exceptionally smooth Koelschip cooled steam lager brewed with five gallons of A Spoon Full of Hope Orange Blossom Honey and Honeycomb Toffee. The toffee was made from scratch in Second Harvest Food Bank’s Darden Production Kitchen.
The Single Malt and Single Hop (S.M.a.S.H.) beer festival is a celebration of community, collaboration – and just a bit of friendly competition. The Hourglass Brewing SMaSH 2021 release was An Hourglass Full of Hope. They used Yakima Quality Cashmere Hops to deliver fragrant notes of spiced sap and swirling sweet lemon-lime citrus. They also roasted Baird’s 1823 Heritage Collection London Lager Malt to add flourishes of golden biscuits and freshly baked bread. To achieve a subtle caramel finish, the honey steam lager was rested on cracked honeycomb toffee that was made with that same irresistible honey.
“Before the pandemic hit, we were looking for unique partnerships to utilize our product line, providing an avenue for businesses already using – honey especially – to buy and give back locally at the same time. Our A Spoon Full of Hope product line is uniquely positioned as proceeds go back into our Culinary Training Program for adults in transition seeking culinary skills. Hourglass Brewing saw what our partnership could accomplish and help to broaden the message of need in our community, that they decided to make a beer in collaboration utilizing our orange blossom honey, called An Hourglass Full of Hope. As a result, we were honored to be the recipient of this year’s FL SMaSH Beer Festival and look forward to a continued partnership with this community-minded brewery.” – Nancy Brumbaugh, vice president of foodservice, Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida
An Hourglass Full of Hope can be purchased at either of Hourglass Brewing’s locations: 2500 Curry Ford Rd. #4, Orlando (Hourglass District) and 480 S. Ronald Reagan Blvd., Ste. 1020, Longwood.
About A Spoon Full of Hope
On October 30, 2018, Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida became the first Feeding America network member across the United States to launch a multi-product signature food retail line – A Spoon Full of Hope. This signature line includes a tomato basil Soup for Good; mangrove, orange blossom, palmetto, and wildflower Honey for Good; shortbread Cookies for Good; and a healthy Lunch for Good. Proceeds from product sales directly supports the 16-week Culinary Training program, which provides at-risk and economically disadvantaged adults no-cost culinary and life skills training to pursue a sustainable career in the food industry. Learn more at ASpoonFullofHope.org and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn at A Spoon Full of Hope.
About Hourglass Brewing
Hourglass Brewing is a family-owned, award-winning craft brewery in Central Florida. Established in 2012, Hourglass contributes to the community by not only providing a wide selection of beers that caters to any palate, but by working with local businesses, and even local bands, in order to lift up our home town. If there is a specific flavor we want present in one of our beers, we search high and low to figure out how to make it work using only natural ingredients. From sourcing hops and barley, to filtering the water through our in-house reverse osmosis system, we control every element of our beers, laying the foundation for the cleanest, most refreshing taste possible.
Hourglass Brewing retains a commitment to excellence to creating unique flavors, to carefully sourcing ingredients, and to crafting amazing beer using all natural ingredients. Learn more at HourglassBrewing.com and follow us on Facebook and Instagram at Hourglass Brewing.
About the Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida Culinary Training Program
Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida (SHFB) provides qualified, at-risk and economically disadvantaged adults with the culinary and life skills training needed to pursue a sustainable career in the food industry. The 16-week program is provided at no charge and designed toassist students with barriers that would prevent them from achieving success while enrolled,such as lack of food, housing, transportation, childcare and medical and mental health needs. Additionally, students experience a life skills component of the program that prepares them for work-readiness, appropriate work behaviors, resumes and interviewing techniques, household budgeting, stress relief and time management. Since 2013, more than 350 students have graduated from the program. Click here to learn more.