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SPRINGFIELD — The city of Holyoke, known as Paper City, is celebrating its 150th anniversary this year. White Lion Brewing Co. collaborated with the city of Holyoke, Explore Holyoke, regional design firm TSM, and Holyoke Craft Beer to create a commemorative label and beer release to celebrate the rich history of the city during its sesquicentennial. Holyoke 150, an American lager, will be released during the annual Holyoke Road Race on Saturday, March 18. Holyoke 150 will be also available at special events and local accounts throughout 2023.

“White Lion has a history of working with the city of Holyoke and stakeholders,” said Ray Berry, president of White Lion. “Last summer, it joined city partners to activate Armour Yard with a summer beer garden. The collective effort created an exciting experience to the emerging city’s portfolio of special events. We have been keeping an eye on Holyoke for quite some time; it has great leadership, passionate stakeholders, and an incredible history. It is positioned to make a major impact in the region as a true destination on so many levels. We are a community-committed brewery that is excited to play a part in the city’s festivities and showcase its pride.”

Aaron Vega, Holyoke’s director of Planning & Economic Development, added that “we’re excited to be partnering with White Lion and to see this partnership with our own Paper City Beer. To have the official unveiling of the commemorative label at this year’s St Patrick’s Road Race and 70th parade is a perfect fit. As co-chair of the 150th Committee, being able to bring Ray’s passion and excitement for beer and community to Holyoke as part of our 150th celebration is a true honor.”

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SPRINGFIELDBrewbound, a leading multimedia industry trade publication, recently announced its 2022 award winners and class of Rising Stars during the trade publication’s Brewbound Live business conference in Santa Monica, California.

The Brewbound Awards recognize large and small beverage/alcohol companies that thrived over the last year, while also celebrating notable industry figures, change agents, up-and-coming entrepreneurs, and philanthropic initiatives. Springfield-based White Lion Brewing Co. was named a Rising Star, joining seven other emerging beverage companies to keep an eye on.

“The challenges facing the beer category in 2022 were unrelenting, but Brewbound’s award winners and class of Rising Stars were standouts for not just business performance, but the way they helped their teams, their communities, and the overall industry,” Brewbound Editor Justin Kendall said. “We are thrilled to honor this year’s award winners and Rising Stars.”

White Lion founder and President Ray Berry noted that “there is a huge playing field in the beverage space, and it continues to evolve. We work hard to adjust to those changes. This recognition is attributed to community support and an incredible team that takes pride in what we do day in and day out. To be recognized as a Rising Star pushes us to work harder and be a voice within the craft-beer community. We look forward to what the future holds.”

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SPRINGFIELD — UMass and NBA star Marcus Camby has joined White Lion Brewing Co. in a strategic partnership. White Lion currently distributes a small independent portfolio of artisan brands in Massachusetts, primarily in the western part of the state. Camby’s goal is to help open new markets throughout New England and beyond, as well as release his own portfolio of beer brewed by White Lion.

“White Lion continues to expand its community reach,” White Lion Brewing Co. President Ray Berry said. “We have a proven track record and incredible community partners like the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame, the AHL Springfield Thunderbirds, and MGM Springfield, to name a few. I remember when Marcus electrified the region — just thinking about it brings back so many great memories. He loves our brand and what it represents. We are very excited and think we have a game winner.”

Added Camby, “I am extremely impressed by the brewery’s commitment to the community and its approach to diversifying the craft-beer trade. I look forward to being a part of expanding the brand throughout the New England and Tri-State region. This is my home, and to be able to have a quality beer named after me, and be able to tell its story, is something I’m truly excited about.”

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SPRINGFIELD — On Tuesday, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and White Lion Brewing Co. announced the two will collaborate and release a special ale with a commemorative collector’s label designed to capture the imagery of the Hall of Fame’s annual enshrinement program. The collector’s label melds the Hall of Fame’s iconic dome with the city of Springfield skyline into White Lion’s award-winning brand.

“White Lion is extremely honored to partner with the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame for an annual release affectionately dubbed Enshrinement Legend Series, which pays homage to the birthplace of basketball, the Basketball Hall of Fame, and class honorees,” said Ray Berry, White Lion president. “The city of Springfield is the home of this global sport, and we are excited to play a role in the annual enshrinement-ceremony experience.”

The Basketball Hall of Fame will present the class of 2021 Saturday, Sept. 11 at the MassMutual Center in downtown Springfield.

“There are a number of festivities planned, and the Hall of Fame is extremely excited to highlight our local brewery and our collaboration enshrinement beer,” said John Doleva, Basketball Hall of Fame president and CEO. “Working with the White Lion team in preparation of this release has been such a fun and unique experience. We are committed to work collectively to raise awareness and resources for our Hoophall Assists Program, which gives back to our local community.”