Willamette Week, “Cider Riot Releases Iron Front Cider in Protest of the Portland Timbers’ Ban of the Antifascist Symbol”

When the Portland Timbers announced in May that its fans could no longer fly banners bearing an antifascist symbol, the raucous Timbers Army was quick to voice its opposition.

Last Friday, Aug. 23, the Timbers Army remained silent for the first 33 minutes of the Timbers’ game against the Seattle Sounders in protest of the ban on flags with the Iron Front—a circle encompassing three arrows.

Cider Riot announced today that it is releasing a new Tres Flechas (three arrows) mezcal barrel-aged cider “to honor those standing up against Major League Soccer’s ban on the Iron Front symbol.”

The company plans to donate some of the proceeds from the cider’s sale to Portland’s Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization.

“When we were getting ready to release our mezcal barrel-aged cider, I thought why not honor those standing up for human rights,” Cider Riot founder Abram Goldman-Armstrong said in a statement. “The Timbers Army has a long history of standing up against racism, fascism, and bigotry, with a policy of zero tolerance for intolerance since its inception in 2001.”

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