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One Pint at a Time Film Screening & Panel Discussion
April 16 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Craft beer generates tens of billions of dollars annually for the US economy. Despite beer’s Egyptian
and African heritage, these traditions have been mostly forgotten and are rarely found in American
brewing culture. Today, Black owned breweries make up less than 1% of the nearly 9,000 breweries
in operation. Eager to shift the historical perception of who makes and drinks beer, Black brewers,
brand owners and influencers across the country are reshaping the craft beer industry and the future
of America’s favorite adult beverage.
Film from Aaron Hosé, featuring-
Alisa Bowens-Mercado, owner/brewmaster of Rhythm Brewing in New Haven, CT.
Huston Lett, co-owner and head brewer of Bastet Brewing in Florida.
Jon Renthrope, CEO and brewmaster of Cajun Fire Brewing Company in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Doors open at 1pm.
Film begins at 2pm.
Panel discussion runs from 3:45-4:45pm
Katrice Claudio Writer, Photographer, Producer
Jamal Robinson of NEBCO
Rodney Woodard Entrepreneur & Student at the brew school at SHU
Oren Ferris of Hog River Brewing & Graduate of the brew school at SHU
Sarah Real Owner of Hot Plate Brewing in Pittsfield, MA
Alisa Bowens-Mercado Owner/brewer at Rhythm Brewing
Craft beer has changed my life. Ever since I fell in love with it in 2014 in Asheville, North Carolina, it became
a personal quest to discover as many breweries as possible. The more breweries I visited, however, the more I noticed
that my wife and I were the only—or among the very few—people of color inside taprooms. After conducting some preliminary
research into the craft beer industry, I realized it was heavily white male dominated, from brewery owners, to management, down to the brewing and bar staff. My desire to better understand the lack of diversity
in the craft beer industry is the catalyst for One Pint at Time. I wanted to shine the spotlight exclusively on stories of people
working in craft beer that look like me. Over the course of four years, my team and I observed how many of these brewers
fought—and struggled—to create a new narrative for Blacks within the industry. This is a multi-billion-dollar American business. Yet, Black-owned breweries are earning less than 1% of the money and continue to face hurdles rooted in discriminatory traditions. These are alarming facts. Ultimately, I hope ‘One Pint’ will contribute to the ongoing conversations about the need to
diversify craft beer. May this film act as a mirror and inspire breweries to take those actions necessary to make this industry one that is more diverse, inclusive, equitable and just.
Suggested donation of $10 to benefit the African American Brewers Scholarship at Sacred Heart University