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Upcoming Brewery In South LA Signals A Boom In Black-Owned Craft Beer
There’s a renaissance happening in South LA that involves Black-owned breweries.
South Los Angeles Beverage Company is the latest brewery that plans to open in South LA in 2021 and when it does, it will feature a tasting room and business incubator, as well as a production and packaging facility.
South Los Angeles Beverage Company will be the second Black-owned brewery in South L.A. Crowns & Hops is the first in Inglewood, as reported in LA Eater.
California natives and U.C. Berkeley graduates Craig Bowers and Samuel Chawinga are the co-founders
When it opens, the South Los Angeles Beverage Company will offer beer, cider, wine, and coffee.
On Sept. 26th, the brewery will launch its first beer label, People’s Republic of South Central (PRSC). It’s a hazy IPA, and 100% of net proceeds benefiting charitable initiatives in South Central Los Angeles.
Black-Owned Breweries Across The Country
The beer business in America is overwhelmingly white. Black people make up nearly 13 percent of the nation’s population but only comprise less than 1 percent of brewers, according to a survey by the Brewers Association – a trade group that represents more than 5,400 small, independent brewers in the United States.
There is evidence, however, that the tide is changing.
Crowns & Hops recently launched the 8 Trill Pils initiative that aims to provide money and support for Black-owned breweries and taprooms.
The name of the development fund refers to a 2018 study by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation that revealed racial-equity efforts by American businesses could add $8 trillion to the nation’s economy by 2050.