Black-Owned Breweries in the United States

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by Todd, Jun 2, 2020.

  1. Todd

    Todd Founder (6,030) Aug 23, 1996 California
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    As Dr. J. Jackson-Beckham told NPR back in 2018, "There is an overrepresentation of white folks on both the production and the consumption side" within the beer industry and its community. The article mentioned that there were maybe 50 black-owned breweries in the US at the time. I'm not sure how many there are today, but to put things into perspective: we now have well-over 8,000 breweries in the US alone.

    The goal here is to collectively create and maintain a helpful list for those interested in supporting Black-owned breweries.

    Before you reply: I'm not looking for opinions or to start a discussion on the general topic, just updates to help maintain a list of black-owned commercial breweries in the US; including Black co-owners who have an equal or majority stake.

    And with that, here's what I have so far:

    Gravity BrewWorks - Big Flat

    Chula Vista Brewery - Chula Vista
    Crowns & Hops Brewing Co. - Inglewood *
    Speakeasy Ales & Lagers (Hunters Point Brewery) - San Francisco
    Urban Roots Brewing - Sacramento
    Warcloud Brewing Co. - Los Angeles

    Hogshead Brewery - Denver
    Novel Strand Brewing Co. - Denver

    Rhythm Brewing Co. - New Haven

    District of Columbia
    Sankofa Beer Co.
    Soul Mega

    Green Bench Brewing Co. - St. Petersburg

    Black Horizon Brewing Co. - Willowbrook
    Soundgrowler Brewing Co. - Tinley Park

    18th Street Brewery - Gary, Hammond, Indianapolis
    Hop River Brewing Co. - Fort Wayne

    Down Home Brewing - Atlanta
    Khonso Brewing - Atlanta

    Cajun Fire - New Orleans

    Earth Tap Brewing - Annapolis
    Joyhound Beer Co. - Baltimore
    Patuxent Brewing Co. - Waldorf
    Union Craft Brewing - Baltimore

    67 Degrees Brewing - Franklin
    Brazo Fuerte - Watertown
    Brockton Beer Co. - Brockton
    Crue Brew Brewery - Raynham
    White Lion Brewing Co. - Springfield

    734 Brewing Co. - Ypsilanti

    ONE Fermentary & Taproom - Minneapolis

    New Jersey
    Four City Brewing Co. - Orange
    Hackensack Brewing Co. - Hackensack
    Montclair Brewery - Montclair

    New Mexico
    Nexus Brewery - Albuquerque

    New York
    Dale View Biscuits and Beer - Brooklyn
    Harlem Blue Beer - New York
    Harlem Brewing Co. - New York
    Island to Island Brewery - Brooklyn

    North Carolina
    Dirtbag Ales - Hope Mills
    Harlem Brew South - Rocky Mount
    Rocky Mount Brewery - Rocky Mount
    Spaceway Brewing Co. - Rocky Mount

    Alematic Artisan Ales - Huber Heights
    Black Frog Brewery - Holland
    Esoteric Brewing Co. - Cincinnati *

    Harris Family Brewery - Harrisburg *
    Mack Brewing Co. - Philadelphia *
    Two Locals Brewing Co. - Philadelphia *

    Blackman Brewing - Dallas
    Weathered Souls Brewing Co. - San Antonio

    Policy Kings Brewery - Cedar City

    Métier Brewing Co. - Woodinville

    * = in planning

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    Thanks in advance.
  2. steveh

    steveh Poo-Bah (2,654) Oct 8, 2003 Illinois

    Vice District Brewing in Homewood, Illinois.

    FWIW -- this brewery is listed at BA and as closed, but it shows the tasting room they once had in Chicago. The pub brewery in Homewood is still open.
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  3. Todd

    Todd Founder (6,030) Aug 23, 1996 California
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    It's listed as closed on Untappd, too, and their social media hasn't been active in roughly a year.
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  4. Jacobier10

    Jacobier10 Poo-Bah (2,311) Feb 23, 2004 New Jersey

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  5. steveh

    steveh Poo-Bah (2,654) Oct 8, 2003 Illinois

    I'll give the number a ring, unless anyone has more solid info.
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  6. travis224

    travis224 Initiate (191) Jul 24, 2010 Colorado

    Novel Strand in Denver, Colorado. Three owners, I believe. Two are black women. They make exceptional hoppy beers with a global hop focus. South African, Australian, and New Zeland hops used in many beers.
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  7. steveh

    steveh Poo-Bah (2,654) Oct 8, 2003 Illinois

    Number redirects to an unidentified answering service. Bah. That's too bad, never had their beer, but it -- and the pub -- looked good. @Todd
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  8. Jsalz21

    Jsalz21 Crusader (709) May 21, 2015 New Jersey

    At the very least if co-owners are included, both Hackensack Brewing and Four City Brewing in NJ have black co-owners/founders. They also both continue to make exceptional beer during the pandemic.
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  9. Beerdawgydawg

    Beerdawgydawg Initiate (37) Feb 26, 2016 Massachusetts

    Crue Brew Raynham Massachusetts
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  10. bsp77

    bsp77 Poo-Bah (2,318) Apr 27, 2008 Minnesota

    So not exactly what you were asking for, but how do you handle someone like Garret Oliver? He is *only* the brewmaster at Brooklyn Brewery, but he is is very much the face of the brewery and an author as well. I kinda always assumed he was the owner too for some reason.
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  11. Todd

    Todd Founder (6,030) Aug 23, 1996 California
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    Yeah. This is a list of "black-owned commercial breweries in the US; including Black co-owners who have an equal or majority stake." Kirin owns nearly 25% and I believe that the Ottway Brothers own the rest. I'm sure Garrett has common stock at this point, but he doesn't own an equal or majority share of the business.
  12. mistermapes

    mistermapes Initiate (0) Jun 3, 2020

  13. eppCOS

    eppCOS Meyvn (1,383) Jun 27, 2015 Colorado

    Crap, I kinda like Vice Brewing - solid beers, but a better social vibe than a lot of other taproom breweries in Chicago. That's a bummer to hear.
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  14. phil_cutti

    phil_cutti Initiate (15) Jun 4, 2020 California

  15. michaeltrego

    michaeltrego Initiate (153) May 21, 2004 New Hampshire

    Two Locals Brewing Company in Philly
  16. midegrou

    midegrou Initiate (68) Dec 14, 2013 New York

    I believe 18th Street also has locations in Hammond and Indianapolis. Might want to include those along with Gary to increase awareness/support among locals.
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  17. animal69

    animal69 Meyvn (1,023) Sep 21, 2007 Louisiana

    I believe Southern Craft in New Orleans is black-owned. I'm not 100% sure but I think they may be a subsidiary of Cajun Fire, not alot of info on them.
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  18. AdamRBurnett

    AdamRBurnett Initiate (42) Apr 7, 2018 New York

    Nexus Brewing in Albuquerque, NM is a black-owned brewery!
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  19. VeronicaVega

    VeronicaVega Initiate (76) Dec 18, 2010 Oregon

    Assembly Brewing Portland Oregon
  20. BoroBob

    BoroBob Initiate (37) Jun 16, 2016 California

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  21. Yorick

    Yorick Initiate (99) Feb 27, 2010 Wisconsin

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  22. jlr45193

    jlr45193 Initiate (36) Oct 16, 2017 Colorado

    Island to Island Brewing - she just moved to Texas from NY (moving the brewery)
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  23. MDiment

    MDiment Disciple (330) Dec 16, 2011 Oregon

    Assembly Brewing in Oregon.
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  24. beer2day

    beer2day Meyvn (1,463) Feb 16, 2008 North Carolina

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  25. BriDrinksBeer

    BriDrinksBeer Initiate (40) Jul 18, 2018 New York

    This is great. Thanks for the info.
  26. CTHomer

    CTHomer Poo-Bah (3,192) May 23, 2014 Connecticut
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    If you click on Rhythm Brewing in CT above, you are directed to Great Rhythm Brewing in NH.
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  27. Burndoc48

    Burndoc48 Aspirant (239) Nov 25, 2016 Ohio

    Please add Alematic Artisan Ales in Huber Heights (Dayton), OH to your list of black owned breweries.
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  28. Todd

    Todd Founder (6,030) Aug 23, 1996 California
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    Thanks for the catch.
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  29. BFrank

    BFrank Initiate (15) May 16, 2020 New York

    This is a tremendous initiative. Thank you.

    I saw your definition but I think it would be worthwhile to add smaller businesses so that local folks can seek them out to support them.

    Dale View Biscuits and Beer is a tiny hole-in-the-wall in Prospect Lefferts Gardens, Brooklyn. I’ve only visited once and the owner and all of the employees are a wonderfully friendly, warm and important part of the community. The biscuits are out of this world. I haven’t been by since lockdown started but if they have stopped brewing I’m sure they’ll appreciate all the love we can provide once they start up again.

    They are on Nostrand Ave. not far from Prospect Park.
  30. oN3xM

    oN3xM Initiate (134) Mar 22, 2013 Illinois

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  31. neodenium

    neodenium Disciple (359) Feb 22, 2013 California
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  32. ATL6245

    ATL6245 Aspirant (237) Aug 16, 2018 Georgia

    This is a good thing. Thank you for this initiative.
  33. Emichaelbray

    Emichaelbray Initiate (35) Apr 25, 2020 Pennsylvania

    I was going to suggest Two Locals, but thanks! Good brews from the greatest city in the world.
  34. feloniousmonk

    feloniousmonk Poo-Bah (5,611) Nov 14, 2002 Minnesota

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  35. DanielAron

    DanielAron Devotee (445) May 15, 2005 Illinois

  36. NikkiCS

    NikkiCS Initiate (33) May 25, 2020 New York

    Hi Todd,

    Island to Island Brewery in Brooklyn, New York is black owned, by a woman named Danii Oliver! Here is a link to an interview with her:

    I'm new to the Beer Advocate community, so I haven't ever added any beers or breweries to the website, but I would be happy to add something for this brewery. I love their beers. They focus their beers around fruits grown in the Caribbean, which is where her family is from.

    Thanks for putting this together!
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  37. Mosubu

    Mosubu Initiate (83) Dec 3, 2009 Massachusetts

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  38. JohnnyHopps

    JohnnyHopps Poo-Bah (2,344) Jun 15, 2010 Indiana
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    Sour Note Brewing is also a separate entity, owned by the same owner. All of those beers are listed in 18th Street Gary.
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  39. SlapDash

    SlapDash Initiate (89) Nov 15, 2009 Illinois

    Both have closed, as you’ve figured out.

    The Homewood location had a bit of a “drink hard” vibe when I was there, and it sounded like they were have squabbles with Homewood and some neighboring businesses. But the Chicago location was pretty nice, and had a lively vibe (both had friendly staff). The beer was pretty good, so I was sad to hear of their demise.
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  40. salcedo

    salcedo Disciple (374) Jun 1, 2014 California

    I was going to suggest Thunderhawk as well, but I just saw their posts on Facebook and Instagram. Turns out this is their last weekend :cry:
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