February is Black History Month. When you pour a cold one this afternoon, think about the role of enslaved Africans in brewing during the early days of the U.S.A. Growing hops, making the mash, and fermentation was the labor of slaves. Thomas Jefferson was known for, among other things, the quality of his ales. Which were brewed by Peter Hemings, a man owned by the 3rd President of the United States.
Today, only 1% of brewers are Black. Garret Oliver, brewmaster at Brooklyn Brewery is addressing the issue through the Michael James Jackson Foundation for Brewing & Distilling. Your donation can help fund scholarships for Black, Indigenous, and people of color in the brewing and distilling trades. And of course, support minority-owned breweries when you can.