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Sisters Sam and Kristie Mewis will compete at the Olympics together as members of the USWNT.
The midfielders designed their own beer - Harpoon's Mew-S-A Citrus IPA - to celebrate the feat.
The pair told Insider about creating the brew and their reaction to becoming Olympians together.
The Mewis sisters are off to Tokyo.
Sam Mewis and Kristie Mewis are making their Olympics debuts this summer as teammates on the US Women's National Team, and the Weymouth, Massachusetts, natives are celebrating the feat as any good "Masshole" sisters would.
The Mewii teamed up with Boston-based Harpoon Brewery to create their own special-edition beer. The Mew-S-A Citrus IPA - which Harpoon notes is brewed with lime peel, lemon purée, and sea salt - is "a crushable, summery, light IPA that hopefully will appeal to a wide variety of beer drinkers," Sam told Insider.
The writer of this article may or may not have cracked a can of Mew-S-A during this interview, and she may or may not have confirmed for herself that the IPA is crushable, summery, and light. But it's little surprise that the Mewis sisters nailed the flavors they were going for; beer practically runs through their veins.
"Our family loves beer," Kristie, the elder Mewis sister, told Insider. "We obviously don't get to be together that often just because of our careers - and obviously everything that's gone on this past year and a half. We've always just enjoyed having a beer together, going to a brewery together, going and sitting outside somewhere, and having a beer. So we just loved the lifestyle of it."
"And Sam and I have always had this little dream about how cool it would be if we had our own beer, if we had our own brewery, if we had our own line of beer," she added. "So I think this is just so special to us because our family name is finally on a beer, and it's something that we're really passionate about."
After winning the 2019 World Cup, Sam - who has a longer tenure with the national team despite being the younger Mewis sister - discovered a special-edition Harpoon beer brewed by a handful of Boston Bruins players. She reached out to the brewery shortly thereafter and pitched a specialty beer pinged to the 2020 Olympics.
The Olympics delay - and tons of tenacity - enabled Kristie to join the project. With an extra year to prove herself, the 30-year-old made her way back onto the field for the USWNT after a six-year hiatus. Three goals and two assists through 11 appearances were enough for the elder Mewis to secure a spot on Vlatko Andonovski's highly competitive Tokyo Olympics roster.
"So I was like, well, let's bring Kristie on," Sam said. "Let's keep this going."
So they did. They designed the can: on one side, a white base with a navy blue and red shield in the center. On the other, drawings of both Sam and Kristie accompany a description of the beer and its charity partner - the Boys & Girls Clubs of Dorchester - which will receive a portion of the proceeds from all can sales.
They also offered a pairing recommendation: Buffalo chicken pizza.
"We're just Buffalo chicken pizza people," Sam said.
"That's our go-to," Kristie added. "And I would literally kill to have a Buffalo chicken pizza right now."
Figuring out the profile of the beer was far less straightforward. Neither Mewis found herself in Massachusetts to taste-test Harpoon's initial concepts; Sam was in the UK playing for Manchester City, while Kristie was down in Texas with her National Women's Soccer League side, the Houston Dash.
They tapped the people who know them best - their parents, Sam's husband, and some of their best friends - to try the brews on their behalf. The crowd voted for the IPA, and with a few adjustments from Sam and Kristie, Mew-S-A was born.
"It's been such a creative and collaborative partnership," Sam said. "We have so much pride in what we've done. We are so authentically posting about it and really hyping it up and wanting people to try it because we feel like we've truly been a part of it. In that sense, it's just been a passion project."
The longtime dream for the sisters really became a reality once they got back home to New England. The USWNT played its final two pre-Olympics games in East Hartford, Connecticut - making the Send Off Series something of a homecoming for the Mewis duo.
In their first match against Mexico, Kristie assisted Sam's goal to open the scoring and make the Mewii the first sisters in USWNT history to connect for a goal. And after the whistle blew to signal the end of the game, the pair were finally able to look up into the stands at Pratt & Whitney Stadium.
"At the game, when we would walk around and wave to the fans after, they would all hold up the beer," Sam said. "And every time I saw it, I was like, 'Look, they have it!' It was just so cool to see it out in the real world."
Sam and Kristie still haven't had an opportunity to try the Mew-S-A in its canned form, as Olympics preparations have gotten in the way. But if everything goes the USWNT's way at the games, there's a chance they'll get to crush some celebratory cans in Tokyo.
The sisters have a reputation for ringing in their NWSL feats in that same fashion:
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"We've got to focus on our first game and on getting through the group," Sam said, laughing. "But we certainly will do our best to have some Mew-S-As as soon as possible afterwards."
The USWNT embarks on its journey to becoming the first team to earn gold directly after winning the World Cup with a grudge match against Sweden at 4:30 a.m. ET Wednesday. The US will round out the group stage with games against New Zealand on Saturday and Australia on Tuesday, July 27.
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