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Non-Profit Dedicated to Promoting and Supporting Black Entrepreneurs in the Brewing Industry

NASHVILLE, Tenn., May 8, 2023 /PRNewswire/ -- The craft brewing business accounted for nearly $29 billion in beer sales last year, which is nearly one-quarter of the $120 billion beer industry revenue in the U.S. But of the nearly 10,000 craft brewers in the country, only about 1% are Black individuals.

A group of like-minded Black entrepreneurs are now setting out determined to change this dynamic. At the Annual Craft Brewers Conference this weekend in Nashville, TN, they announced the establishment of the National Black Brewers Association. The first-of-its-kind non-profit organization is committed to:

"The launch of the National Black Brewers Association will create a more inclusive and vibrant beer industry by providing black brewers access to the resources, mentorships, and networks needed to thrive," said Kevin Johnson, founder of NB2A.

To help spearhead the organization, the NB2A has announced the appointment of Kevin Asato, a 30-year veteran of the beverage industry, as its first Executive Director. Asato brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the position, having previously held leadership roles at major beverage distributors across the country.

"I am honored to be selected as the first Executive Director and to build the foundation that will fuel the growth of Black owned breweries, membership into the organization and celebrate the history and accomplishments of the Black Brewers of America," said Asato.

The association has already established a dynamic Board of Directors comprised of the most experienced and successful Black brewery owners and brew-masters around the country. They are:

"The launch of the National Black Brewers Association marks an important milestone for the beer industry," said Beatty, the first black female brewer in the United States. "I am thrilled to see this organization come to life and am confident that it will serve as a valuable resource and support system for black brewers across the country."

"It's an honor to serve as a board member for the National Black Brewers Association and to use the entrepreneurial spirit and the production of innovative craft beer as a vehicle of socioeconomic change. Together, we can promote diversity, equity, and inclusion in the beer industry and beyond," said Renthrope.

In addition to the Craft Brewing Conference in Nashville, where the NB2A hosted a "Bottle Share" event, the organization will be sponsoring special programs at the Barrel & Flow event in Pittsburgh on August 12, and the Peoples Jubilee Beer Fest in Sacramento on Oct. 14.

For more information, and to arrange interview with NB2A leaders, contact Bruce Bobbins, [email protected] or Pristina Alford, [email protected]