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Tue Feb 18, 2020, 08:48 AM

These Black-Owned Breweries Give Us Hope for the Future

https://www.thrillist.com/drink/nation/black-owned-breweries-us/food-and-drink



A year ago I debuted my very own brew, Piano Keys Imperial Stout. Its made with Ugandan vanilla beans and Nicaraguan cocoa nibs with an ABV of 10%. I created it at the invitation of New Belgium when they invited me to be a consultant of their new diversity program. New Belgium not only loved the idea for my stout, they granted me creative control down to the Piano Keys name, concept, branding, and ingredients.

And not only was the collaboration successful (were planning a second run in spring 2020), but every turnout for the draft-only releases throughout Atlanta, Asheville, and Fort Collins brought together the most diverse crowds each venue has ever hosted. We followed with a symposium in Atlanta featuring a panel of minority beer influencers and entrepreneurs alongside New Belgium's executives to strategize more progress in the industry.

This collaboration leads into a very important topic. I believe beer brings everyone together to whet the palate, and this New Belgium collaboration truly did that, Now let's talk about getting more Black breweries actually making and selling their own lagers and ales.


Kofi Meroe and Amado Carsky of Sankofa | Courtesy of Sankofa

Within the past several years, the craft beer industry has flourished. Its produced a plethora of styles and has become a lot more accessible in bars, restaurants, and even airlines. But when it comes to the people who actually own the breweries, who produce the plethora of sours, pilsners, IPAs, stouts and other varietals, were not seeing the same amount of diversity. African Americans own roughly one percent of the independent breweries throughout the US.

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Celerity Feb 18 OP
SallyHemmings Feb 18 #1
spicysista Feb 18 #2
Celerity Feb 18 #3
The Polack MSgt Feb 19 #4
Celerity Feb 19 #5
The Polack MSgt Feb 19 #6

Response to Celerity (Original post)

Tue Feb 18, 2020, 09:31 AM

1. Bravo!

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Response to Celerity (Original post)

Tue Feb 18, 2020, 12:11 PM

2. Great post, Celerity!

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Response to spicysista (Reply #2)

Tue Feb 18, 2020, 02:37 PM

3. Thanks!

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Response to Celerity (Original post)

Wed Feb 19, 2020, 06:32 AM

4. Nice . Thanks for this Celerity

10 years ago diversity in craft brewing meant a couple employees were clean shaven...

My son's fiance is a brewer at a Belleville Il craft brewery and is approximately 100% of the woman brewers in the St Louis Area.

I can't recall meeting any AA brewers in the area, but my knowledge is limited frankly.

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Response to The Polack MSgt (Reply #4)

Wed Feb 19, 2020, 08:12 AM

5. I am half Bajan, half Swedish, and for the first time in over 350

years of Barbados rum production, we finally just got our first female master blender. Trudiann Branker at Mount Gay.



Meet Barbados' First Female Master Blender

https://www.forbes.com/sites/fredminnick/2019/06/17/meet-barbados-first-female-master-blender/

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Response to Celerity (Reply #5)

Wed Feb 19, 2020, 01:21 PM

6. It is year two thousand and twenty of the common era and -

"Woman gets job she is fully qualified to perform" is still a viable news article

I am happy for her and it's loads better than "Woman passed over for job she is fully qualified to perform" stories...

I guess I am just a grumpy old man - I don't mean to shade her accomplishment at all.

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