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Black Owned Brewery Celebrates Two years of Crafting Beer and Community

Hard to get more Northwest than coffee, bicycling and craft brews. That just so happens to be the special recipe behind Washington state’s first and only Black-owned brewery.

Metier Brewing in Woodinville just celebrated its two-year anniversary this summer. Owner Rodney Hines and co-founder Todd Herriott made it more than just about beer.

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Rodney Hines

“All about building community and offering a welcoming gathering space for families, friends, and those who appreciate well-crafted beer,” Hines said. As soon as you walk through the door you’ll see the purpose written on the wall: “Our Mission is to brew damn good beer and build a stronger community to inspire bigger dreams for all.”

It’s a family-friendly, pet-friendly, and bike-friendly brewery located in the heart of Woodinville’s wine district.

Metier is french and poetically means “one’s calling, one’s destiny.” The team behind Metier Brewing Co. is symbolic of their diversity mission.

Herriott owns a premium bicycle shop with the same name on Capitol Hill and Hines left a corporate job in the coffee world to dive into craft beer full-time. “I’m a home brewer…and no one should ever taste any of that,” Hines joked.

“This has been a dream of mine for a long time. Where everyone can feel welcomed. It took me over 50 years, but here we are!”

They hired a brewmaster and have quickly found success in brewing up some popular beers.“We’ve already won awards for our beer, so it says we’re delivering on that so we’ve got the product. We’ve got damn good beer and that’s allowed us to focus on the other part of our mission,” Hines said.

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Hines says there are only about 65 Black-owned breweries that they know about across the nation.

“That is not to say that folks of color don’t like beer. I think that’s to say that folks of color don’t always see themselves welcomed into all spaces,” Hines said. “It feels like an inviting space for everyone, and there’s intention behind that.”

“That’s out of about 8,000 and there are even fewer female-owned breweries,” he said.

The business is brewing craft beers but the passion for community is evident on the walls. Tap Room Manager Bailey Kroeger says it was their commitment to diversity and caring about people that attracted her to work with the brewery.

“It’s been nice to work at a company that actually cares about me,” Kroeger said.

Fundraising efforts and partnerships with other local businesses are celebrated throughout the taproom and most recently Metier Brewing teamed up with another local brewer to release “Say It Loud: Stout and Proud” to benefit Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle.

 

Source: NBC King 5

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HOW TAHIIRAH HABIBI AIMS TO DIVERSIFY WINE

Wine lovers like to talk about how wine brings people together. But in her years of experience working at restaurants in Philadelphia and Miami, Tahiirah Habibi saw something missing in the wine world. “I was working as a sommelier, and I was building a great career, but I didn’t see people who looked like me,” she says. “I always felt it was a stretch to see another person of color, and I decided to put my talents back into my community.”

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In 2017, Habibi launched The Hue Society, planning events such as the annual Black Wine Experience in New Orleans, that helps connect the wine world with an African-American audience. “There’s a lack of opportunities to increase wine knowledge in the community, and there’s a desire for that knowledge,” she says. “I felt like it was time to focus on building up the confidence of people of color, and making sure they’re included in the conversations, and in the marketing.”

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At events such as Charleston Food + Wine, Essence, and Aspen Food & Wine, Habibi breaks down some of the barriers that she sees as obstacles keeping wine from finding this more diverse audience. “It’s about creating experiences that people of color are able to relate to,” she says. “They can come and have fun and see people who look like them, and taste all these different wines—that’s how you learn.

It doesn’t have to be this in-your-face thing—it has to be about inclusion. I’ve always worked with all kinds of people, and this gives me the opportunity to uplift my community.”

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And the Hue Society’s mission isn’t just about opening the doors of the wine world to a wider, more diverse audience. Habibi highlights the work of other African American wine professionals, not only introducing them to a wider audience, but providing the kind of visibility and support that’s needed to make the larger wine world more inclusive. “The community is still very small, and building that up is necessary—you can’t be what you can’t see,” she says.

“When I was putting together the Hue Society, I found it important to have visuals—to show there are other people who look like you doing this, and that makes you realize that you can do it, too. This can be a career path for you, when you may not have realized there was even an open door before. The playing field is being leveled, and the only way to do that is to continue to create exposure, and make people feel comfortable with the topic of diversity in wine.”

 

Source: Imbibe

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Delta Airlines to Serve Wine from Black Owned Winery

During a surprise wine tasting at the San Francisco Delta Sky Club, Delta today announced a new partnership with Brown Estate, the first and only black-owned estate winery in California’s Napa Valley.

And as a toast to Black History Month, Brown Estate is making its first onboard appearance today in a surprise in-flight tasting for customers on Flight 1473 from San Francisco to New York-JFK.

The innovative idea to partner with Brown Estate started with Carlyne Scott, a member of Delta’s black community business resource group (BRG) and BRG Program Manager. Scott originally suggested the winery as a special for Black History Month, and that seed germinated into a larger relationship between Delta and the winery. Delta will feature Brown Estate wines in the winter of 2019-2020 as part of its commitment to supplier diversity.

“Partnering with innovative, diverse suppliers from certified small-, minority- and women-owned businesses like Brown Estate is fundamental to Delta’s strategy to keep climbing year-round,” said Heather Ostis, Vice President — Supply Chain Management. “Seeking employee perspectives and leveraging unique ideas brings us closer to meeting that goal, while creating the highest quality experience for our customers.”

After Scott’s suggestion, a selection of Brown Estate wines were passed to Andrea Robinson, Delta’s Master Sommelier, for consideration in the airline’s seasonally rotating wine menu. Robinson’s year-round wine selection process – including both in-the-air and terra-firming tastings—culminates annually with a final tasting of more than 1,500 bottles over one week. Only the very best selections earn Robinson’s stamp of approval. Two Brown Estate selections made the cut.

Domestic Delta One customers will see two Brown Estate wines on the winter 2019-2020 menu: 2017 Betelgeuse Sauvignon Blanc and 2017 Chaos Theory.

“We are delighted to partner with Delta Air Lines,” said Deneen Brown, president of Brown Estate. “Delta’s all-in commitments to the spirit of inclusion and to their wine program are perfectly aligned with our core values at Brown Estate.”

Chaos Theory, a well-balanced red blend of Merlot, Petite Sirah and Zinfandel, greets the nose with a lively aroma of ripe Rainer cherries, blackberry compote, winter spice and heavy cream. Hints of Asian apple and Meyer lemon are followed by dark chocolate, tiramisu and fresh-baked croissants.

On a lighter note, Brown Estate describes its Betelgeuse Sauvignon Blanc as “endless summer in a bottle” — straw gold in color, with refreshing clarity. Tropical fruit comingles with subtle citrus, fever grass and lemon verbena, while night-blooming jasmine and honeysuckle are complemented by a cascade of stone fruit, lychee, pineapple and guava.

 

Source: Delta

 

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Black Owned Alcohol Brands You Should Know

In addition to or instead of the usual adult beverage brands that we’re all used to, give these Black owned alcohol brands a try.

Black Owned Alcohol Brands

Bomade Vodka

Cremas Absalon

Redd Rose Vodka

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Uncle Nearest Whisky

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Guidance Whisky

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Blackleaf Organic Vodka

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St Royale Vodka

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Myles Select Vodka

Black Momma Vodka

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Special thanks to Bobby Hawkins for helping up compile this list!

-Tony O. Lawson 


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Black Owned Beer Businesses You Should Know

Historically, there have been almost no “official” Black businesses involved in the beer industry. Now, times are changing, and several Black owned beer businesses are making a name for themselves.

Let’s take a look at some of them.

Black Owned Beer Businesses

Rhythm Brewing Company is a New Haven CT based Brewing Co. that produces, “RHYTHM”, its Flagship Lager.

Sankofa Beer Company is a DC-based producer and distributor of premium craft beer, inspired by the founder’s connection to West Africa.

Cajun Fire is an eco-friendly nano brewery based out of New Orleans, Louisiana specializing in making unique craft beverage brews that appeal to the casual consumer.

Harris Family Brewery is a new NANO-brewery headquartered in Central Pennsylvania that will produce excellent craft beer.

Harlem Brewery manufactures craft beverages. Its flagship Sugar Hill Golden Ale and Harlem Renaissance Wit both celebrate the rich history of Harlem.

Blackfrog Brewery is a nanobrewery born in Holland, OH. Dedicated to making great beer for great people.

Khonso Brewing fuses different beer styles together to create a unique beer experience.

18th Street Brewery is currently the second largest brewery in Northwest Indiana. Our beers range from saisons to double india pale ales to double milk stouts to pilsners and lagers.

Brazo Fuerte Artisanal Beer is a new craft beer company that brews world-class, full-flavored session beers for active, passionate beer drinkers

Soweto Gold honors the icons of Soweto, past and present. It embodies the spirit, pride, initiative and tenacity of Soweto, and of South Africa.

Stimela Brewing Co is a South Africa based brewing company that crafts premium beers for people who have a thirst for greatness.

Ukhamba Beerworx is Cape Town’s first Black-owned craft brewery. They produce traditional African Beer.

White Lion Brewing Company is the first craft beer brand to go to market in Springfield, Massachusetts.

Band of Brothers Brewing Company is the third craft brewery in the “One & Only” Tuscaloosa, Alabama. The brewery features the largest taproom in Tuscaloosa.

Harlem Hops is a space for you to gather, socialize, relax, and enjoy the taste of some of the world’s most delicious and hardest to find beers.

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One Fermentary & Taproom is a premium beverage destination that crafts small-batch beers with a focus on unique fermentation processes.

-Tony O. Lawson 


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Black Owned Wine Businesses You Should Know

I’m a wine guy. Red wine, specifically. My two favorite types are Merlot and Malbec, in case you want to send me some. That being said, here’s a list of Black owned wine businesses that will help you find your new favorite.

Black Owned Wine Businesses

Charles Wine Company

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Abbey Creek Vineyard

Nyarai Cellars 

Bodkin Wines 

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Brown Estate 

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Corner 103 Winery

Wade Cellars 

Earl Stevens Selections 

Edelheiss Wine 

Mouton Noir Wines

P. Harrell Wines

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Domaine Curry 

Theopolis Vineyards 

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Heritage Link Brands 

Indigenè Cellars 

J Moss Wines

L’Objet Noir

L’Objet Noir

Markell-Bani

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MYX Fusion Moscato 

Vision Cellars

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Thanks for reading. Cheers!

 

-Tony O. Lawson