The industry as a whole is doing very little to make sure we have a sunstainable future for Black, women and other diverse Brewers. According to 2020 data from the Brewers Association, there are approximately 8,800 breweries in the U.S., and less than 65 are Black-owned. And while 22% of the country’s breweries have women in ownership, partnership or majority shareholder roles, women represent only 7.5% of actual brewers.
HBIP is a 501(C)3 nonprofit organization that is looking to provide structured brewing education, training, professional mentorship and resources to women and other BIPOC brewers in the pathway to professional commercial brewing and brewery startup/ownership.
Participants will learn about brewery maintenance and brewing beer on professional equipment; malting and analytical tests related to brewing practices; yeast propagation, cell counting, viability and health; and how to create, finance and market a sustainable brewing program.
HBIP will operate under a typical foundation board structure, with inaugural chair Marcus Baskerville appointing the initial board members. The board thereafter will nominate and vote upon new members. Committees under the board will assess scholarship applications and select the grantees for future classes
Marcus Baskerville is co-founder of Weathered Souls Brewing Co. in San Antonio, Texas, and creator of the Black is Beautiful initiative, a viral collaborative beer project that has seen participation from over 1,200 breweries in 50 states and raised over $3 million toward organizations and efforts focused on promoting equity and inclusion. Baskerville has received several accolades while operating Weathered Souls Brewing, such as San Antonio’s Brewery of the Year twice, Best 33 Stouts in the World (2019), Wine Enthusiast’s 40 under 40 Top Taste Makers (2020), Craft Beer & Brewing Break Out Brewer (2020), Best Brewery in the U.S. (2020), Top 20 beers by Hop Culture (2021), and many others.
Rahr Malting Co. produces and distributes malt to customers around the world. Rahr Malting's malt production plants are strategically located in Shakopee, Minnesota and Alix, Alberta Canada. The malting operations are supported by our barley procurement and distribution facility in Taft, North Dakota. BSG, a wholly owned subsidiary of Rahr Corporation, brings the world to your brewhouse with an unprecedented breadth and diversity of ingredients from down the road and around the world. Together, Rahr and BSG are proud to support the Harriet Baskerville Incubation Program. We're honored to help their mission in supporting and creating a space for underrepresented groups in the craft brewing industry.
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