Imagine the last beer you drank. What did the beer taste like? Perhaps, you had a hazy NEIPA and you found notes of grapefruit and citrus. What did the beer smell like? Maybe, you enjoyed an imperial stout and noticed aromas of coffee beans and chocolate. Now, picture the person that brewed that beer. What did they look like? Were they big and tall? Short and small? Blond-haired and blue-eyed? Most importantly, did you envision a man or a woman? Nine times out of ten when asked to describe a brewer people think of a big, burly man wearing a lumberjack flannel shirt and sporting a bushy beard. This is the exact stereotype that Hop Culture is trying to break with its third-annual women in craft beer festival Beers With(out) Beards, empowered by Bumble. And it’s just another reason to go out of your way to support women-led breweries.
Taking place virtually for the first time, the 2020 Beers With(out) Beards Festival empowered by Bumble features five days of exclusive, curated events including educational workshops, industry-led panels, beer dinners, and more — all celebrating the achievements of women in the craft beer industry.
While innovating with the changing times and moving the festival to a digital format, the Hop Culture team has also aligned with Bumble, a social networking platform that encourages its users to make meaningful connections in love, friendship, and work while promoting kindness, respect, and empowerment. The app is the ideal festival partner given its inherent values, mission, and message to their community to make the first move in all areas of life.
To help celebrate Beers With(out) Beards and our shared missions of empowerment, Hop Culture and Bumble wanted to share 40 women-led breweries that you could be supporting right now. From stalwarts like New Belgium and The Alchemist to newcomers such Oozlefinch Beers & Blending, who have an amazing 25-year old brewer at the helm, and TALEA Beer Co., whose lady duo just broke ground on a taproom in Brooklyn, here are some amazing women-led breweries to check out.
While this list is a great start we know that there are so many more breweries out there, so if we missed your favorite feel free to hit us up in the comments and leave your suggestions. And then, come celebrate with us at BW(O)B on Sat. Oct. 10th or safely* get out there and support the rad women of craft beer.
Austin Street Brewery
Portland, Maine’s Austin Street Brewery has quietly risen to the top of Vacationland’s breweries. Across their two locations, Austin Street brews profoundly drinkable and flavorful beers that win us over time and time again. And, with a predominantly women-led brewstaff, Austin Street prioritizes quality and precision with each brew.
Austin Street recently opened its Fox Street tasting room, which just so happens to be one of the most stylish destinations in town. Sleek, modern, and sunlit, the Fox Street location is a must-stop on any trip to Portland.
Backward Flag Brewing Co.
Forked River, NJ
A veteran- and woman-owned brewery in South Jersey, Backward Flag works hard to raise awareness about veteran’s issues… and make terrific beer. Try the Something’s Missing IPA, with 100% of sales donated to Veteran-focused mental health charities, or the flagship Oak Armored Ale, a crisp pale conditioned on toasted American oak.
Collective Arts Brewing
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Blending the art of craft brewing with actual art, Collective Arts in Hamilton, Ontario Canada seeks out inspired talent from emerging artists and musicians and pairs it with amazing craft beer. Fueled by creativity, Collective Arts has featured a whole slew of illustrators, graphic designers, painters, and artists over the years throughout their can labels and designs. We’re teaming up with one of their uber-talented visionaries, Natalie Very B, to host a My Body, My Story Interactive Virtual Art Class, where you’ll learn how to create an empowering version of a self-portrait with ink and tell YOUR story through visual imagery. Collective Arts’ mission to make sure the liquid on the inside is as diverse as the artists they showcase makes them a unique and inspiring addition to this list.
Fifth Hammer Brewing Co.
New York, NY
It’s impossible to look at women pioneering the craft beer industry – especially in New York City – and not highlight Mary Izett. Her often colorful hair and vibrant personality to match have made incredible strides for women in craft beer. Her accolades stretch as far as the Brooklyn Bridge. She is the President of the Pink Boots Society chapter in New York, President of both the Malted Barley Appreciation Society and the New York City Homebrewers Guild, author of the book Speed Brewing, and co-host of the podcast Fuhmentaboudit. In 2017 she added Co-owner of Fifth Hammer in Long Island City, Queens to that list. A 15-bbl taproom, Fifth Hammer constantly rotates through a selection of creative ingredient drives ales. I actually love Fifth Hammer so much that I asked Mary to help my wife and I brew a beer for our wedding last October.
Garrison City Beerworks
In the past several years, I’ve tried more IPAs than I can count: juicy IPAs, bitter IPAs, Milkshake IPAs… you name it. And frankly, I’ve hit IPA fatigue. Forced to choose between an IPA or a lager, I’ll choose a lager nine times out of ten.
But that one time? It’s reserved for Garrison City Beerworks. Co-founder Nicole Gray has either studied some intense black magic, or she’s just that good — and since I have a pretty good eye for practitioners of the dark and deadly arts, I’d say it’s the latter. If you find yourself in the beautiful city of Dover, New Hampshire, find a seat on their outdoor patio and grab an IPA.
Harlem Brewing Co.
New York, NY
Harlem Brewing founder and craft beer godmother Celeste Beatty made her first batch of homebrew in a studio apartment across from Marcus Garvey Park in the 1990s. In November of 2000, she started Harlem Brewing, one of New York City’s OG craft breweries. Almost twenty years later, the brewery continues to make styles to please all palates, from the flagship Sugar Hill Golden Ale to the Renaissance Wit and the 125 IPA. If you want to support Harlem but can’t make it to NYC, you can use a Pico Brew to make your own Renaissance Wit or 125 IPA.
Interboro Spirits and Ales
Brooklyn’s only combination brewery and distillery was co-founded by Laura Dierks, now a legend in the New York City beer scene. Perhaps best known for its Stay G-O-L-D collaboration with Run the Jewels (Dierks’ partner, Jesse Ferguson, used to run independent rap label Def Jux), the brewery/distillery is a frequent and fun participant on the craft beer festival circuit. While Ferguson handles the beer, the distillery portion couldn’t have happened without Dierks, who spent years researching the licensing. The combination of spirits and beer creates one of New York City’s most unique drinking experiences.
Lamplighter Brewing Co.
Boston has a history of producing some of the best big-name breweries in the country including Trillium, Tree House, and Night Shift. But I hold a deep appreciation for the more under-the-radar spots like Lamplighter in Cambridge, MA that focuses on hazy NEIPAs, unique barrel-aged sours, and special seasonals. Cayla Marvil co-founded Lamplighter with her partner AC Jones in 2016 and over the last 4 years has stormed the scene, earning a spot on Forbes “30 under 30” list for Food and Drink in 2020 and making pretty much anyone of our own guides to the best breweries in Boston.
Moustache Brewing Co.
A Long Island staple, this woman-founded brewery makes beers for every taste, from the flagship Sailor Mouth IPA to the Long Summer Nights Witbier. Those with more adventurous taste buds should try the “iced coffee in a can” 50 Cups of Coffee Milk Stout and the Milk+Honey Brown Ale.
If you’re not feeling beer (though at Moustache, there’s hardly an excuse!), the brewery also offers products that cater to other tastes, including New York-made wines from their friends at Chronicle Wines and Bridge Lane.
Rhythm Brewing Co.
New Haven, CT
When she’s not running a salsa dance studio, Rhythm (get it?) Brewing founder Alisa Bowens-Mercado crafts lagers inspired by her grandmothers, who loved good, crisp beer. Bowens-Mercado, aka “Lady Lager,” also holds the distinction of being Connecticut’s first black woman brewery owner. The Rhythm Blue Lager is an instant classic!
TALEA Beer Co.
New York, NY
Tara Hankinson and LeAnn Darland of Talea Beer Co. shared a vision to leave their corporate jobs in tech and media and start a business in craft beer. The dynamic duo officially met while working together at Hopsy, a beer e-commerce startup. Eventually, the two took the plunge together starting TALEA (a mash-up of their first names – Tara and LeAnn) in 2019. Hankinson and Darland’s desire to market beer that targets non-craft beer drinkers makes TALEA so unique and special. Their hazy IPAs and fruit-forward sours are canned in vibrant, colorful packaging meant to attract all types of consumers regardless of gender. The pair recently broke ground on their Williamsburg, Brooklyn taproom, so stay tuned for more about their official opening in later early 2021
Did you know that wife and husband duo Jen and John Kimmich started one of America’s most coveted and revered breweries together? I’m sure you’re familiar with the brewery’s groundbreaking Heady Topper, but dig a little deeper and you’ll find Jen and her team driving one of the most robust sustainability programs in the country. A core pillar of the brewery, sustainable practices and ethos abound at The Alchemist from something as simple as composting to as complex as building their own wastewater treatment facility. Jen’s work at the brewery has been instrumental, earning her the Terry Ehrich Lifetime Achievement Award from Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility (VBSR) for honoring her commitment to the environment, workplace and community in 2018. Sure, The Alchemist makes fantastic beer, but it’s Jen and John’s commitment to protecting our planet that earns them a spot here.
Torch and Crown Brewing Co.
New York, NY
Opening a taproom seems hard enough, but launching a business during a global pandemic seems near impossible. That didn’t stop Megan Wilson, COO at Torch and Crown brewery in Manhattan, who helped bring this brewery to the heart of New York City. Bolstered by a love for all things New York, Torch and Crown filters the energy, ambition, and vibrancy of the city into all of their beers.
Tröegs Independent Brewing
Founded with a sense of adventure and curiosity, Tröegs approaches beer with a touch of whimsy and a sense for the mythical. Both on display in their latest year-round release, Haze Charmer, a hazy pale ale that will cast a spell on you with its soft clouds of oats, unmalted wheat and juicy El Dorado and Citra hops. Behind this quirky brewery is a serious team of women driving the engine across all departments from marketing and design (all the artwork you see on Tröegs beer labels has been designed by an amazing illustrator, Lindsey Tweed) to sales and management, which is why we’re teaming up with them for our Bringing Beer to Life Workshop during our Virtual BW(O)B 2020.
Two Roads Brewing Co.
Here’s to taking the road less traveled. Two Roads Brewing Co. in Stratford, CT follows this mantra of theirs to a T. Whether through quirky recipes like their legendary seasonal Roadsmary Baby Rum Barrel-Aged Pumpkin Ale, or just plain delicious roster of Tanker Truck sour series, The Road Less Traveled series, limited releases, Lambic-Style series, and Captured Yeast series (have I even mentioned their year-round sensations?), Two Roads travels around the whole craft beer map. Following the unbeaten path, Two Roads has a stellar team of women leading the way in both the back and the front of the brewery including Karen Stangl, Director of Quality Assurance, and Jen Pesavento, Sensory Program Manager, who will be leading an exclusive Sensory Workshop during Beers With(out) Beards. Watch along, and learn how Two Roads brews and maintains their extraordinary off-the-wall beers.
Twin Elephant Brewing Co.
You can thank Cindy De Rama, Tim Besecker, and Scott McLuskey for some of the juiciest IPAs in the Northeast. Located in Chatham, New Jersey, the team credits Cindy with “a proclivity for recipe formulation with unique ingredients.” A locally-focused brewery with a (well-deserved) national reputation, Twin Elephant is one of those humble, hidden-gem breweries that deserves every bit of the acclaim they receive.
Denizens Brewing Co.
Silver Spring, MD
Partners in life and in business, Julie Verratti and Emily Bruno co-founded Denizens in Silver Spring, MD in 2014 to be a welcoming place to enjoy expertly-crafted beer. From crisp lagers to hoppy IPAs and barrel-aged stouts, this strong duo crafts beers for all palettes. And, most importantly, all communities. I actually learned about Denizens through the grapevine. During Hop Culture’s Women in Craft Beer Festival in 2019, a fan mentioned I should check out Verratti and Denizens. Fast forward one year and Verratti will be joining us as a panelist at our Women in Beer Leadership Roundtable during our Virtual Beers With(out) Beards 2020.
Guinness Open Gate Brewery
The Guinness Open Gate Brewery in Baltimore, Maryland is easily the largest brewery included in this article. But, the US operation for the internationally known Guinness continues to develop and grow. In fact, the Baltimore brewery is housed within an old distillery and has experimented with barrel-aging. Plus, Guinness Open Gate is the home for Guinness Blonde.
Guinness Open Gate is helmed by Head Brewer Hollie Stephenson who was named Imbibe’s 2019 Beer Person of the Year. Before effectively running Guinness’ US operations, Stephenson brewed at Asheville’s Highland Brewing and was an assistant brewer at Stone. Now, Stephenson utilizes all of her expertise in recipe formulation and execution to deliver experimental Guinness beers.
Oozlefinch Beers & Blending
Fort Monroe, VA
At only 25-years-old, head brewer Rachel Edwards cranks out some of the most innovative IPAs and solid sours with ingredients like basil and tangerine. Founded by Russ Tinsley and his wife Rebekah, Oozlefinch has one of the strongest women-led teams around including Assistant Brewer, Bethany Smith, Packaging Manager Meaghan Jackson, Marketing Manager Rebekah Smith, and Graphic Designer Vaiva Rimeika. From Oozlefinch’s experimental and hybrid style beers to their fantastic designs, this Fort Monroe-based brewery is a leader in the industry.
Resident Culture Brewing Co.
Spend only a couple of minutes with wife and husband duo Amanda and Philip McLamb in their brewery in the booming Plaza Midwood community of Charlotte, NC, and you’ll feel as if you’ve stepped directly into their living room. Actually, that’s not a far-off analogy — Resident Culture put down roots in a building that previously housed Phillip’s family printing company. This magical sense of neighborhood permeates everything at Resident Culture from the cheery taproom to the unparalleled mixed-fermentation beers and West Coast IPAs constantly flowing out of the taps. Behind it all, you’ll find Amanda and Philip constantly exuding warmth and welcoming people from all communities into their quote-unquote home.
2nd Shift Brewing
St. Louis, MO
St. Louis’ 2nd Shift Brewing is a relatively under-the-radar brewery offering understated beers across a variety of styles. Helmed by co-owners Libby and Steve Crider, 2nd Shift has made a name for itself brewing excellent IPAs, dangerously drinkable lagers, and robust stouts. And while 2nd Shift may not earn the same hype as their neighbors Side Project, they have earned a passionate local and national following. Or, their cats have.
Libby Crider initially realized early on that the brewery’s cats garnered quite a bit of praise on social media and went on to incorporate that feline love into more aspects of the brewery. Since then, Crider has become a significant leader in the craft beer community with a rich knowledge of the industry and a passion for craft beer.
Although Keeping Together, the latest project from Averie Swanson, isn’t actually open and operational yet, it’s quickly become one of the most anticipated breweries around. Swanson had previously helmed the brewing program at renowned Texas brewery Jester King before moving to Chicago.
Keeping Together will be run out of Half Acre’s Lincoln Ave. brewery where Swanson will focus on highly drinkable, dynamic saisons.
Swanson remains one of the most talented brewers in the industry and continues to earn acclaim for thoughtful, exciting beers that demonstrate her skill and dedication to the craft.
Jackalope Brewing Co.
Jackalope is a stalwart in the rapidly growing and developing Nashville craft beer scene. Founded by CEO Bailey Spaulding in 2011 after discovering her passion for beer while homebrewing, Jackalope has developed into one of Tennessee’s best breweries.
Over the years, Jackalope has continued to evolve alongside its city producing modern and progressive beers across a variety of styles. Some fan favorites include core offerings Sarka pilsner, Thunder Ann pale ale, and the seasonal Lovebird wheat.
After becoming the first Nashville brewery to can its beer in 2013, Jackalope also offers occasional limited releases in 16-ounce cans.
Scratch Brewing Co.
There are few breweries as idyllic as Scratch Brewing Co. Located in Ava, Illinois, a long five-hour drive south of Chicago, Scratch Brewing prepares everything from Scratch. Literally.
Scratch is one of the last few true American farmhouse breweries. Co-owner Marika Josephson is a prophet, spreading the good word about saisons. Josephson and the Scratch Brewing Co. team source all of their ingredients locally, relying on foods grown on their farm or foraged in the wilderness nearby.
And the result of Josephson’s hard work is a stunning beer that will leave an indelible mark on any drinker.
Fort Point Beer Co.
San Francisco, CA
Fort Point Beer Co. is a San Francisco brewery through and through. Named for the historic Fort Point masonry below the Golden Gate (which the brewery overlooks, in fact), Fort Point brews a variety of traditional beers packaged in sleek, modern cans. Indeed, the branding and marketing for Fort Point incorporates simple illustrations and sketches that are evocative in their subtlety.
Speaking of subtle, Fort Point’s core offerings are relatively toned down. Offering a Kolsch-style ale, an IPA, a red ale, and a witbier, Fort Point leads with a less “trendy” lineup. Still, the San Francisco brewery provides a series of seasonal and limited releases to satisfy those craving fruited Berliner weisses and big, juicy double IPAs.
If you love stouts (and supporting the accomplishments of women in the beer industry), look no further than Seattle’s Fremont Brewing, which maintains one of the best barrel-aging facilities in the country. The brewery, located in Seattle, Washington, was co-founded by Sara Nelson and her husband, Matt Lincecum. In addition to award-winning stouts, the brewery’s proximity to the Yakima Valley gives it unparalleled access to fresh hops, and thirsty fans arrive by the droves during harvest season for their wet-hopped IPAs. So whether you enjoy the roasty, more structured flavors of stouts or the bitter bite of an IPA, you’re set at Fremont Brewing.
Lady Justice Brewing Co.
Located in Aurora, Colorado, Lady Justice exists solely to grant proceeds to women and girls in Colorado.
Yes, you read that correctly. At Lady Justice, the majority of profits over cost go to support community-focused organizations around the state. Or, as founders Kate Power, Betsy Lay and Jen Cuesta write on their website, “We exist solely to make the world a better place, not to maximize our incomes.”
The selflessness of this unbelievable organization is matched only by the incredible beer. The offerings skew traditional, so expect lots of lagers and pale ales, though the brewery has recently begun experimenting with hard seltzer and other styles. And notice the prices — no $22 four-packs here. Support women and girls around Colorado by snagging a six-pack of Liberty Lager for an extra-affordable $10, or a six-pack of Front Runner Pale Ale for only $12.
Local Brewing Co.
San Francisco, CA
Like the aforementioned Fort Point, Local Brewing Co. is a favorite among SF residents. Co-founded in 2010 by Sarah Fenson and Regan Long, Local whips up delicious, inventive craft beers and serves fantastic food on-site.
Local brews across a variety of styles but the common theme is accessibility. From citrus-forward hazy IPAs to rich, robust black lagers, there’s something for just about any drinker. Plus, the brewery releases exciting limited edition offerings in colorful, artistic cans.
Lost Coast Brewery
Lost Coast is a foundational member of the craft beer scene in northern California. Founded in 1989 by Wendy Pound and Barbara Groom, Lost Coast Brewery has since expanded twice, reaching a capacity of a 120-barrel system. Lost Coast’s success is directly attributed to Groom, who has led the brewery to success throughout its 30+ years of operation.
Now, based in Eureka, CA, Lost Coast is well known for its colorful, gripping label artwork and approachable beers. Eschewing transient trends for stability, Groom focused on Lost Coast’s core offerings and has, as a result, risen to a prominent position in an industry historically dominated by men.
Outer Range Brewing Co.
This Frisco, Colorado-based brewery is about as Colorado as it gets. They even printed a trail map on one of their can designs!
Outer Range Brewing Co. was founded by husband and wife team Lee and Emily Cleghorn. Outer Range is known for doing two things exceptionally well: Belgian beers and hazy IPAs. And while that combo may seem contradictory, take a look at Lee’s past and it’ll make sense. Raised in Belgium, Lee cut his teeth in the American brewing scene at Other Half in NYC. Makes sense, huh?
Emily and Lee share their passion for the great outdoors in every beer they brew.
New Belgium Brewing
Fort Collins, CO + Asheville, NC
An absolute craft pioneer, Kim Jordan founded New Belgium in 1991. With the brewery, she brought her social work and homebrewing experience to the big brewing stage. For almost 30 years Jordan blazed a trail for women in the industry, establishing New Belgium as one of the top breweries in the country. Beyond iconic brands like Fat Tire and Voodoo Ranger IPA, New Belgium stays at the forefront of creating change in a predominantly-white, cis-male industry, recently hiring Patrice Palmer, a black, queer, trans intersectional leadership educator as its Diversity and Inclusion specialist. Palmer works to create and manage programs, projects, and lead initiatives on diversity and inclusion within the brewery. Using beer as a vehicle to break down barriers and build up community, New Belgium stands for more than just delicious craft beer.
Sante Adairius Rustic Ales
Beer fans know about Sante Adairius Rustic Ales, a short drive from Santa Cruz in Capitola, California. Sea, sun, and sours come together at the epic tasting room, known for producing some of the best sours in the world. Co-founded by Adair Paterno and Tim Clifford, SARA (as it’s called by connoisseurs) offers a little taste of Belgium in Northern California.
The Ale Apothecary
Like the aforementioned Scratch Brewing Co., The Ale Apothecary is brewing some of the finest farmhouse ales in the country. Utilizing the groundwater from the property, native yeast from the surrounding flora, and locally sourced barley and malt, The Ale Apothecary is an ode to the beauty of nature.
Founded by husband and wife duo Paul and Staci Arney, The Ale Apothecary is off the beaten path but well-regarded by those in the know. In fact, the Bend, Oregon brewery has members in their bottle club from all over the country who would fly in annually to celebrate the brewery’s anniversary.
Focused on the history of traditional brewing styles and a love of the outdoors, Staci and Paul Arney have transformed their home into one of the most stunning breweries in the country.
Bow & Arrow Brewing Co.
You’ve already killed two rattlesnakes. You’re hot and dusty from wrangling steers. Where do you go? Bow & Arrow Brewing Co., Albuquerque’s masters of IPAs and sours.
In Bow & Arrow Brewing Co., founders Shyla Sheppard and her wife, Missy Begay, have created something special. And that is, an authentic brewery that speaks to a specific place and time. Native and woman-owned, the ultra-modern Bow & Arrow Brewing Co. takes cues from the surrounding region to create a distinctly Southwestern drinking experience, from the furnishings in the taproom to the beers inspired by indigenous ingredients. May we suggest Bolos and Bling, an IPA with Brettanomyces, or Desert Revival, a golden sour brewed with local cherries? Stay sour and you can’t go wrong.
Crowns & Hops
Crown & Hops in Inglewood, California, is not only woman-led (shoutout Beny Ashburn!) but Black-led as well. Along with partner Teo Hunter, Ashburn is on a mission to close the gender and racial gap in craft beer. Recently, they partnered with BrewDog to launch the 8 Trill Pils Initiative, a $100,000 grant for Black-owned craft beer brands, and we have no doubt that Beny and Teo will be launching more groundbreaking initiatives (and beers) in the near future.
San Leandro, CA
The San Leandro, California-based brewery was initially founded in 1989 under the name Lind Brewing, after its founder, Roger Lind. After Lind sold the company in ‘98, Drake’s continued brewing its approachable, flavorful beers. Then, in 2008 the brewery was purchased by John Martin and Roy Kirkorian.
Drake’s has become a staple of the greater Bay Area in California with a taproom in San Leandro as well as outposts in Oakland and West Sacramento. Drake’s Dealership in downtown Oakland also houses a fantastic restaurant and is a significant part of the Oakland community. And the recently opened West Sacramento BARN is a state-of-the-art space with food, beverages, and concerts.
Drake’s leads with a sense of humor and a fun-loving attitude that has earned them ardent followers throughout the state. And, its diverse team of brewers, salespeople, marketers, and more serve as ambassadors of the brewery. Need more evidence? The team put together a brewery calendar with incredible photography that quickly became a must-have craft beer item.
Although technically not a brewery, Superstition Meadery is much beloved by passionate craft beer drinkers. The Prescott, Arizona meadery has earned international acclaim for its highly sought-after ciders and mead. Founded by husband and wife team Jeff and Jen Herbert, Superstition is on a mission to reinvigorate a passion for the historical beverage of mead.
And by all accounts, they’ve succeeded. Superstition ranks high on the beer review app Untappd and has earned fans all over the country. The majority of Superstition’s success is owed to its founding team. Jen, who oversees the business aspects of the meadery, has been recognized at the local, state, and national level for her work. Most recently the US Small Business Development Center (SBDC) recognized her work in 2017 when Superstition Meadery won the SBDC Success Award. And Jeff, who handles the production side, led Superstition to be named a top 100 brewer of craft beverages in the world.
Three Weavers Brewing Co.
Los Angeles, CA
Pride. Unity. Fairness and honesty. These are just a few of the core values at Three Weavers Brewing Company, one of the largest independent craft breweries in Los Angeles county. Founded in 2013 by CEO Lynne Weaver and brewmaster Alexandra Nowell, the brewery was named for Weaver’s three daughters and serves as an example of a business that puts people above profits. Currently, the brewery holds a World Beer Cup Gold Medal from 2016, a GABF Silver Medal from 2017, a European Beer Star Bronze from 2017, and the Australian International Beer Awards Best IPA and Champion International Beer from 2018. May we recommend Sun Trap, a session sour ale perfect for everyday drinking?
Urban Jungle Brewing
When Urban Jungle Brewing opens in the North Austin area sometime in 2022, the brewery will be the first Black-owned brewery in Austin. And second in all of Texas. Tiana Harris and her husband Shannon Harris plan to create not just a brewery, but also a bakery, farm, and even a horse rescue. As avid homebrewers, bakers, gardeners, and horse riders, the Harrises are combining all of their loves into one lofty brewery that will feature a focus on pastry stouts and beers made with ingredients grown on the brewery’s farm combined with baked goods and, of course, horses. The goals behind this brewery are high, going beyond just serving beer and baked goods. According to the beer website PorchDrinking.com, there are only 63 BIPOC-owned breweries across the entire country, making Urban Jungle a pioneer not only in Texas, but also across all of the U.S.
Harris has plans to offer educational programming to BIPOC people looking to learn how to grow their own food. Plus, she will donate future sales from certain beers to groups such as the Austin Justice Coalition, which combats social and racial injustices. While the brewery won’t officially open for a couple more years, Harris started a Kickstarter to launch Urban Jungle’s journey that you can donate to right now.
São Paulo, Brazil
An all-star team of Brazilian women of Japanese descent, Japas Cervejaria began when Fernanda Ueno, Maíra Kimura, and Yumi Shimada decided to open a gypsy brewery. The name Japas Cervejaria actually comes from a Brazilian slang term for a person from Japan. With that in mind, this triple-threat brewery breaks through so many boundaries and barriers in the industry. Since launching in 2016, the three women have brewed creative works from an American pale ale with Japanese Sorachi Ace hops and wasabi to imperial porters made with rice and witbiers including ginger and orange zest. An amalgamation of heritage and culture, Japas Cervejaria breaks the mold at the forefront of innovation in craft beer.
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