A beer brewer is handling the social justice movement one pour at a time, according to a Black Enterprise article.
When Marcus Baskerville learned of the fatal police shooting of Breonna Taylor, he wanted to do something as a Black brewer. He developed a beer called Black is Beautiful. Then, he released the recipe with brewers nationwide who would financially support social justice causes through selling it, according to the article.
“It’s a call to breweries within the United States to participate in a collaborative effort. They would brew a stout, [then] release 100% of those proceeds to local organizations, charities, foundations that support equality, inclusion and social justice reform,” Baskerville told NPR in the article.
In addition to almost 1,200 U.S. breweries making Black is Beautiful, 22 different countries joined the movement, according to NPR. Baskerville is one of only a handful of Black brewers among nearly 9,000 U.S. breweries, according to reports, but this has not slowed him down from finding ways to support to address social justice through the craft beer industry.
“Even in the state of Texas with 380-plus breweries, I think there’s two Black brewers, I’m the only Black owner,” Baskerville told NPR.
“Our mission is to bridge the gap that’s been around for ages and provide a platform to show that the brewing community is an inclusive place for everyone of any color. We are asking for all breweries and brewers far and wide to raise a glass with us in unison and participate in this collaboration,” the website said.
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