I had the honor of being asked to appear as a guest on Tatter, a conversational podcast about politics, issues and policy, hosted by Michael Sargent. I got to talk alongside J. Nikol Jackson-Beckham, who has recently been named the Diversity Ambassador for the Brewers Association. I hope you will take a little time to listen to this episode – the insights in it may spark conversations in the future about how to open up the craft beer industry as one that has #beerforall. Show notes and more information about the podcast can be found here: https://tatter.fireside.fm/13
According to the Brewers Association, in 1994, there were 537 brewpubs, microbreweries, and regional craft brewers in the U.S. In 2017, that number had risen to 6,266. Coast to coast, there’s been an explosion in craft brewing, with brewers producing a delightful diversity of types of beer. But demographic diversity has been a different story. It’s a story still being written, but it’s still a different story.
In this episode of Tatter, I talk with J. Nikol Jackson-Beckham, who has written about beer and was recently named the new Diversity Ambassador for the Brewers Association, and I also talk with Carla Jean Lauter, a Maine-based beer writer who has written under the name “The Beer Babe.” We discuss the status of women and people of color in the craft beer industry.