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Stoked: Pro Skateboarder Nyjah Huston Brews Craft Beer With Oceanside's Black Plague Brewing

It’s the first time the SoCal pro skater and recent Tokyo Olympian has tried his hand at brewing

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SoCal skateboarding pro Nyjah Huston – who competed in his first Olympics in Tokyo over the summer – is stoked about his latest trick: Brewing a craft beer in north San Diego County.

The Olympian recently collaborated with the skater-backed Black Plague Brewing in Oceanside to create his own beer, aptly dubbed the “Nyjah.”

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SoCal pro skateboarder Nyjah Huston recently teamed up with Oceanside's Black Plague Brewing to create this new hazy IPA, the "Nyjah."

It's a Hazy IPA brewed with Simcoe Cyro, Nelson and Citra hops, described by the brewery as a “smooth and juicy Hazy IPA with intense tropical fruit aroma, with hints of resinous citrus and low bitterness.” The tropical aromas are passionfruit, ripe papaya, apricot, and gooseberries.

“It’s the first time Nyjah has delved into the world of craft beer and he’s super stoked about it,” Black Plague Brewing said in a press release.

The craft brew was released last month at Black Plague’s taproom in Oceanside.

Skateboarder Nyjah Huston grinds some Lego rails as he explains the newest Olympic sport.

Black Plague said the Nyjah beer is also available at select bars, restaurants, and retail stores in California, Arizona and Nevada. Customers in California, Nevada, Arkansas and Washington, D.C., can also order canned 4-packs of the brew online, for shipping. The 4-pack of 16-ounce cans sets you back $17.99.

Now, this isn’t the first time Black Plague has collaborated on a craft brew with a well-known skateboarder.

In fact, the company is co-founded by pro skateboarder Jordan Hoffart, so the brand’s ties to Southern California's skate culture run deep.

Hoffart said adding Huston to the brewery’s crafty lineup made perfect sense because what Huston does on his skateboard, well, that’s a true craft too.

Street Skateboarder Nyjah Huston shows off his tattoos and explains his skate style.

“His level of dedication to his craft is unmatched and that is something that unites us in our journey as well,” Hoffart said in a press release. “The beer needed to be flavorful and rewarding after a skate session while also having enough heft to be your go-to when you are ready to party.”

In July 2019, the brewery joined forces with skating legend Tony Hawk and his company, Birdhouse Skateboards, for a sudsy little ditty called the “Tony Hawps Birdhouse IPA.”

In addition to Hawk, the brewery’s other brand ambassadors deeply rooted in the skateboarding world include Huston, Aaron “Jaws” Homoki, Matt Berger, Ryan Decenzo, Manny Santiago, Paul Hart, and many more.

The brewery was founded in 2017 and is one of the 150+ small, independent breweries that currently make up the San Diego Brewers Guild.

According to Black Plague’s mantra, the craft brewer “represents the misfits, underdogs, rebels, rule-breakers, and all those who strive to be better, stand out from the crowd and follow their true passion.”

SoCal Skateboarding (and Skate Culture) in the Spotlight

Huston has been a force in the skating world for years and represented Team USA at the Tokyo Olympics this past August as skateboarding made its Olympic debut (with the iconic Tony Hawk calling the tricks from the sidelines, to boot).

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Huston competed in the men’s street skateboarding event at the Olympics but missed the podium. SoCal’s skate prowess was well-represented, though: Encinitas resident Jagger Eaton won the bronze in the men’s street event at the Tokyo Olympics (skating on a BROKEN ankle), while San Diego County resident Cory Juneau won bronze in the first-ever men’s park Olympic competition.

San Diego Local and Team USA skateboarder Jagger Eaton won bronze in the first-ever Olympic skateboarding event Saturday. NBC 7's Steven Luke talked to Eaton about his performance.
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