As someone on the autism spectrum, she understood the need to seek pressure stimulation, but was very uncomfortable with the human contact that came with being hugged.
When visiting her aunt's ranch, she saw the way that cattle were confined in a squeeze chute and how the squeezing from the machine immediately caused the cows to calm down. Grandin created her own prototype of the hug machine, and now several therapy programs in the United States use this machine to help ease the anxiety of both adult and child patients on the autism spectrum.
We created this beer in honor of the Queen City Brewer's Festival that's held every year to raise money for Aceing Autism. To create Hug Machine, we took our English brown ale and infused it with cinnamon sticks and coffee that was cold-brewed in our beer. Our beans are locally sourced from Pure Intentions Coffee.