NewsOakland's Black-Owned Brewery Is Breaking Barriers

Oakland’s Black-Owned Brewery Is Breaking Barriers

A new brewery in Oakland has broken barriers by becoming the city’s first Black-owned brewery.

“One day, we were brewing together, home-brewing, and kind of brainstorming, like, well, we’re doing this right here. We’re making beer. It’s fun. It’s enjoyable. We love the craft. Like, why don’t we try to start a brewery together?”

“It’s not just about Black History Month and beer, but it’s also like, yo, like, we do this, we have been doing this, we’re going to continue doing it.”
The duo is renting space in a taproom in downtown Oakland, but they hope to open a brick-and-mortar venue in the future. They want it to be a space where people in the community and allies can visit and feel welcomed.

Benjamin added, “And one thing that we want to do in our space is to not only make it inclusive, but we also want to make it a place where people can come in, learn about beer, have different beer styles, but, at the same time, have guest speakers, have artists, have art on the wall that’s representing the community and highlight organizations, nonprofits, initiatives that’s really resonating to — not only to us but just to the community in general.”
They recently got good reviews at Sonoma County’s craft beer festival, where the consumers and brewers were mainly white. Being one of the only Black brewers is a thing right now, but with success, it may encourage others to join them to add more Black owners to the game.

Source: Black Enterprise

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