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NPR Asks: Why is Craft Brewing Such a White Thing?

‘For the most part, you’ve got a bunch of white guys with beards making beer’

Art Larrance of Portland, Oregon's Cascade BrewingArt Larrance of Portland, Oregon’s Cascade Brewing

National Public Radio’s Alastair Bland asks why there aren’t more people of color trying their hand at concocting specialty beer. He highlights the paltry number of African-Americans, Latinos, and Asian-Americans in the trendy (especially on the west coast) micro-brew scene. “For the most part, you’ve got a bunch of white guys with beards making beer,” observed one San Diego brewer questioned on the matter who did not himself fit that description. An author and beer historian noted that the production of alcohol, historically speaking, is about as global as it gets, prompting the mystery of why in the current age there aren’t more folks of all stripes pumping out artisanal beers. “Why it’s dominated here in the U.S., and maybe in Europe and Australia, by white males is something I can’t explain,” said William Bostwick, author of The Brewer’s Tale. “It’s one of the few things that all cultures share.” One black brewer chalked it up to a mere cultural preference: “It seems to me that craft beer isn’t a catch phrase among the black population.” Daily Caller contributor Chuck Ross weighs in at his blog, suggesting that a concern for racial representation among craft beer makers, of all things, is itself a kind of odd cultural proclivity: “Some whites, or at least the NPR types, feel guilty that there aren’t enough black people taking part in this thing they really want to do,” he writes. “It’s hard for them to justify doing it when they look around and only see white faces.”

 

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