The craft brewing community likes to lean on one word as one of its pillars: community. But high profile incidents of racism and industry data released in the past year have demonstrated that the community isn’t always diverse or inclusive. Two recent news stories from Minneapolis have exposed just how far our local beer industry … [ Read more]
Craft Beer, Represent: The importance of increasing diversity in the brewing industry
Brewing Change Collaborative: Changing the faces in brewing one beer at a time
When Ramsey Louder pours a beer at ONE Fermentary and Taproom, he may also break the ice and ask you if you consider yourself a person of color. Louder, ONE’s head brewer and the first black man to co-own a brewery in Minneapolis, makes it a daily personal goal to seek out other people of … [ Read more]
Brewers Association names first Diversity Ambassador
With the goal of fostering a more diverse craft beer industry, the Brewers Association named J. Nikol Jackson-Beckham, Ph.D. as its first-ever Diversity Ambassador. As an avid homebrewer and assistant professor of communication studies at Randolph College in Lynchburg, Virginia, she has written and spoken extensively on beer’s role in our culture, as well as … [ Read more]
Why So White?
Where is the black leadership in the Twin Cities food and beverage industry? Lachelle Cunningham’s Facebook profile reads like this: “Black Goddess/Mother/Extremely Driven/Visionary/Entrepreneur/Executive/Chef.” For nearly three years, she’s been the executive chef at Breaking Bread, the North Minneapolis global comfort food–forward cafe founded by Appetite for Change (AFC), a nonprofit with a mission to create social … [ Read more]