Why Aren’t There More People of Color in Craft Brewing?

Alastair Bland, NPR, September 6, 2013

Michael Ferguson sometimes jokingly refers to himself among colleagues as “the other black brewer.”

That’s because Ferguson, of the BJ’s Restaurants group, is one of only a small handful of African-Americans who make beer for a living. Latinos and Asian-Americans are scarce within the brewing community, too.

“For the most part, you’ve got a bunch of white guys with beards making beer,” says Yiga Miyashiro, a Japanese-American brewer with Saint Archer Brewery in San Diego.

Sure, there are prominent exceptions—like Garrett Oliver, the brewmaster at Brooklyn Brewery, and Celeste and Khouri Beatty, the owners and operators of Harlem Brewing Co. There are a few others, too—but that’s out of more than 2,600 breweries nationwide.

So how did American craft brewing end up so lacking in diversity?

It’s a puzzle, agrees Wall Street Journal beer reviewer and author William Bostwick, who is working on a global history of beer to be titled “The Brewer’s Tale.” He says that virtually every culture in the world’s human history has made alcoholic beverages.

“It’s one of the few things that all cultures share, so why it’s now dominated here in the U.S., and maybe in Europe and Australia, by white males is something I can’t explain,” Bostwick says.

Frederick Douglas Opie, a food historian at Babson College, says that cultures in western and central Africa have “a long history of artisan brewing.” People of the region, he says, made beer from sorghum and millet, as well as palm wine—which, he says, was considered by some a luxury product.

{snip} Blacks, he notes, often made moonshine liquor and bootleg beer in the 1920s and ’30s. But these days, they’re all but absent from the craft beer scene. “It could be that beer is like a lot of things in the food industry which, as they grow popular, become very hip, yuppie and white.”

Looking at the nation’s community of home-brewers also sheds light on the matter, says brewer Jeremy Marshall, of Lagunitas Brewing Co.

“Craft brewing is rooted in home-brewing,” Marshall says. “And if you look at home-brewing, you see nerdy white guys playing Dungeons and Dragons and living in their mom’s basement, and I know this because I was and am one of them.”

Duke Geren, of the Portland, Ore., home-brewing shop F.H. Steinbart, says his shop’s customer base is primarily white. People of other races and ethnicities – particularly the area’s Ethiopian community—do purchase brewing supplies from the store, he notes. “But we don’t see this moving up into the commercial level,” Geren says.

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  • Puggg

    I think NPR exists solely to produce stories about, “Why aren’t there more people of color in (insert SWPL-favored hobby/profession/pastime here)”

    • Erasmus

      I think at the next state dinner, maybe when the Queen of England comes to call, they should invite some real black people. Oh, not those oreos like Colin Powell, Bill Cosby or Oprah Winfrey, who are white through and through, but some real brothah’s and sistah’s from da ‘hood.

      Let the world see what real black culture is.

      Gots ta keep it real. Gnome sane?

      • joesolargenius

        Yeah like Sistah Whoopi what was once on welfare , a real black sistah not them oreos. If only brotha Michael J hadn’t offed himself doing the white devils dope , or Saint Trayvon hadn’t been ghosted by that hispanic cracka we coulda had us a black coalition for equality going on.

        • Formerly_Known_as_Whiteplight

          Whoopie was not only on welfare, but a female member of the original Black Panthers in Oakland, California and a member of the Vietnam Day Committee.

          • JohnEngelman

            As I recall the anti war movement was dominated by whites attending elite universities.

          • And drugged-up hippies who were foolishly scared of a certainty.

          • JohnEngelman

            The “drugged up hippies” were followers of the movement, not leaders.

          • Formerly_Known_as_Whiteplight

            What you don’t recall is that Berkeley is situated right next door to Oakland, so the movements intermingled and blacks and whites mingled within some movements back then. Anyway, I have two good sources on whoopie as well as illustrating the details of how these and other groups like the Chicago based Weathermen met and mingled. One is the 1970 California State Senate Committee on Un-American Activities (rare, I might have the only copy outside of state archives), but also the widely available history based on CIA documents released in 1976, “Acid Dreams, the Complete Social History of LSD, the CIA, the Sixties and Beyond.” You can get a used copy online from the usual sources.

          • JohnEngelman

            Brilliant white radicals at the best universities frequently idealized blacks. This was because they grew up in privileged environments. The only blacks they knew growing up were exceptional, or they occupied subordinate positions without resentment.

            Nevertheless, they were brilliant.

            The War in Vietnam was an expensive losing war fought with a tough, resourceful enemy in which the rewards of victory and the penalties of defeat were imperceptible. The vast majority of the Vietnamese supported the Communists.

            It should not have taken a genius level IQ to figure that out. Unfortunately, it often did.

          • These “brilliant” radicals were having a childish tantrum over a system they disliked, but have since replaced it with a more intrusive, pervasively loathsome system of their own.

          • Formerly_Known_as_Whiteplight

            I can’t nail down what you are actually saying, since it is not stated clearly enough, but I want to assure you that the Vietnam War protests were well informed of the absolute dastardly corporate profit device that the war in Vietnam was set up to be. Generalizing about radicals in that period is a big mistake because they all had different origins and causes that only became similar later on. The SDS for example, started at UC Berkeley because the men were still required to take mandatory officers training courses that had been initiated during WW2. The staid directors of the CA University System didn’t want to think that hard and told the students that they had no right to question or protest the curriculum or requirements. It became a point of First Amendment rights to free speech that is not negated just because you are a student.

            The mistakes the system made along with the long list of corrupt practices that led to the completely fallacious initiation of U.S. troop involvement in Vietnam has been long proven via the Pentagon Papers that were released in 1972. Those “kids” were SMART and well informed. None of us wanted to be drafted and sent to die for rich holes that couldn’t care less about us or the actual U.S.A and they have consistently proven that up to today.

          • It just doesn’t matter! I render unto Caesar what I must. This clearly includes my life. I don’t, when I do not have to, and I am very happy, but I would do it again.

            Caesar doesn’t get the good times I’ve had with my family. I get to keep that. Nobody can take away my memories of my high school girlfriend kissing me or my daughter being born.

            My life will end someday, and with it my memories. I already know this from nothing.

          • Formerly_Known_as_Whiteplight

            Ouoting the Bible only identifies those content to be sheep. I don’t see my life necessarily ordered by my “betters.” Thinking men must change when they know things have gone too far because the good times and the very things you hold dear are ultimately threatened. It is one thing to have offspring, it is another to see to it that they will have a future not as slaves or of pawns, or of cannon fodder for politicians, corporations and mad men.

            See, I can make speeches, too.

          • Formerly_Known_as_Whiteplight

            You are constantly full of unsupportable opinions. I actually knew some Berkeley students. One was my girlfriend. I can tell you that she and many others in that time were merely top scoring public school kids from lower middle class neighborhoods that had blacks living in it, like mine.

            The black population in Oakland was not “brilliant” but never-the-less were welcomed into the fray for many reasons and not the least because of a growing Marxist theme that united them in general, re; my earlier posts that the CPUSA eventually infiltrated all of them.

            These people were led by much older instigators, except for the early SDS, which grew out of a simple request to eliminate mandatory officers training from the graduate requirements (which had been in place since WW2 and was antiquated).

            There was plenty of available information present for any leader (president like LBJ) to know why JFK had decided to draw down the “advisers” in Vietnam and focus on Cuba alone after the 1965 election, had he lived and won a second term. This was in fact the plan. But LBJ promised the Joint Chiefs of Staff at the Pentagon that if he got elected, “You’ll get your war.” By 1960, the very Military/Industrial Complex that Eisenhower had allowed to develop, but warned against was well in place. LBJ had interested in the Texas based General Dynamics and provided oil subsidies for Texas oilmen, who all expected to made huge profits from a little proxy war in Southeast Asia. (source; LBJ, Mastermind of the JFK Assassination). Because of Bobby Kennedy’s investigations and affiliation with groups like the Civil Liberties Union, people found out and told others and the links were short enough that the students at Berkeley and most other national campuses found out.

          • JohnEngelman

            You are constantly full of unsupportable opinions.

            – Formerly_Known_as_Whiteplight

            If there is any poster on this website who does a better job of documenting factual assertions than I am, please name that poster.

          • Formerly_Known_as_Whiteplight

            What a revelation of personal conceit. I can think of several, including Question Diversity, and myself. That you work hard at collecting online data and putting your own limited interpretations on them is obvious. You do a lot of that, but that isn’t anything but neurotic bombasity on parade.

            Read my post on your Amren piece proposing that whites had the tendency for violence willowed out of their genes long ago. You drop names like Gibbon, but you obviously never read the work. That piece is a very good illustration of your single dimensional interpretation/view of issues. It was easy to assail/debunk.

            What you parade as facts are often nothing more than your opinion of what a fact must be with any online reference as some sort of witness to your wisdom. They are often nothing more than cliched repetitions of ideas contained in phrase or political jargon that developed far from your real experience and years ago. This is plain to me in any case where I have had authoritative documentation or experience.

          • JohnEngelman

            One thing I do not do is derogate those with whom I disagree, like you did with this sentence, “What a revelation of personal conceit.”

          • John R

            Yes, and those same people-now in their 60’s, are the ones presently holding top level positions in education and the major media outlets. They cut their hair, trimmed their beards, but are still the same radicals underneath. That is why society is so screwed up.

          • joesolargenius

            I wonder if sistah whoopis Fro was as big as her butt , no that would have been a really big fro.

      • Brian

        Only invite people with -avious or -eshia in their names. That’ll do it, guvnor.

    • Oil Can Harry

      Not only do the p.c. buffoons believe there are no genetic differences between the races they now believe there should be no cultural differences either.

      Apparently everyone around the world should have the same taste in music, food, drink, fashion, art, etc.

      Such an unlikely, bland world would be the opposite of “diverse”.

      • NorthSea

        The proper adjective is “hellish”.

    • John Smith

      These NPR retards would intellectualize wiping one’s rear if they thought their equally dimwitted liberal audience would listen and take notes.

      • [Guest]

        Yes, and they would also fetishize the rear-wiping if the rear belonged to a black or brown.

        • Erasmus

          That toilet paper is mostly white is proof of institutional racism. How about some black or brown toilet paper from now on? Gnome sane?

          And, band-aids? Why don’t they come in brown or black?

          (Jonathon Swift was born too soon.)

          • ncpride

            Insane as it sounds, the ‘Band-Aid Argument’ was used as an example of our ‘White Privilege’ in a debate I once had with the looniest liberal I’ve ever had the misfortune to run across. I’m dead serious… band-aids match our skin color, therefore we are a privileged race of people…. Go ahead and have a good laugh, y’all.

          • Sick of it

            Band-Aids are much darker than my skin…

          • NorthSea

            Then maybe they should use electrical tape, that’s black.

          • [Guest]

            When it comes to race, things are so far gone that I think even Jonathan Swift would have a hard time satirizing them.

            Didn’t some lunatic black supremacist denounce the eating of white flour? I guess he prefers making a loaf of bread out of coal dust mixed with tar.

      • Not kidding, I once heard a segment on NPR about “the sociology of baby wipes.”

        • Erasmus

          Ohhh, good point!
          Why ARE baby wipes always white? Shouldn’t they also come in brown and black????

          • Romulus

            They do come in brown and black. Once you wipe steaming excrement from a backside. White=clean,pure black=deca

        • Garrett Brown

          Absolute gold.

        • NorthSea

          I bet it was publicly-funded.

      • Mike Conrad

        LOL please don’t give them any ideas

    • John Ulfsson

      Taxpayer money funds this white-guilt mongering leftist propaganda.

      • Erasmus

        I think it’s starting to turn around.
        People began to see through the BS with Trayboon, and now, with Obama trying to use the US military in support of Al-Qai’da, people are now unafraid to say the president of the United State is a joke.
        They are becoming emboldened.

    • Jefferson

      I remember there was an article about why are there not enough Mestizos and Bantus at “Burning Man” and how hideously White it is.

      • Erasmus

        When the blacks and mestizos show up, the crime follows and the normal people leave.

        • Jefferson

          There is reason why you never hear of stabbings and shootings at “Burning Man” events. Its because of their lack of “Yoofs”.

          • Erasmus

            Good point. Same reason you never hear about shootings, muggings and stabbings at orchestral events, ballet, opera or distinguished lecture series: No diversity.

          • [Guest]

            But there is a movement to get more dark people into the symphony halls, just as our overlords are wringing their hands over “lack of diversity” in the national parks.

            Next trend to be covered up by big media: rapes, robberies, and murders at Yosemite and performances of Johannes Brahms.

          • Truthseeker

            What’s next, are they going to start arguing that classical music, the most beautiful music ever created, is “racist” because it was invented by the European man? That we need to incorporate black music into the standard symphonic performance so that black people don’t feel left out? Maybe some of these rappers will aspire to be Tribal Drum, 1st Chair instead?

          • [Guest]

            I can’t help but notice that concerts featuring the greatest music ever created often include in their programs either some stupid black music or some stupid ode to the black man composed by a modern-day white person.

            Our overlords must somehow darken classical music, just as they do everything else. So Antonin Dvorak’s cello concerto might be preceded by some African drum corps in native costume. That really enriches the experience, sort of like sitting down to a glass of fine wine only to find that someone has poured grape Kool-Aid into it.

          • TheAntidote

            This already is being done. In my area whenever the classical station runs pledge week they say they’re holding out the tin cup for classical music—–and jazz. Then they have some little nitwit pipe up, “jazz beez dee classical music of black folks!” Oh, yes. They’re in the auditorium with jazz but I’m sure (c)rap is next.

          • NorthSea

            Not enough vibrancy.

      • Mike Conrad

        Yeah but the image of a giant burning something against the night sky still puts a certain amount of fear in the negroid bosom

        • DudeWheresMyCountry?

          As if there is even one Black man in The US who has suffered that way. The KKK is merely anti-White propaganda.

          • Mike Conrad

            Huh? But it’s all over TV and the movies, it must be true.

          • NorthSea

            Oprah said millions were lynched, so, to paraphrase The Monkees, I’m A Believer.

          • Mike Conrad

            Well at least Oprah is safe. They don’t make tree limbs that strong.

      • DudeWheresMyCountry?

        That is why BM is held in the middle of nowhere; Bantus don’t like going anywhere that doesn’t have a 7-11 within carjacking’s reach.

      • TheAntidote

        Perhaps if Negroes showed up en masse there would be flash mobs, bongo parties or worse; maybe the Mexicans would drink cerveza and smoke buds and then try to reenact an Aztec heart sacrifice. My advice is to keep it a white event. Look what happened to Mardi Gras.

    • TheAntidote

      Why aren’t there more Negroes
      Playing tiddly-winks?
      Visiting National Parks?
      Getting liar loans?
      Owning homes?
      Deep Sea Fishing?
      In Nascar?
      Dairy Farming?
      Mountain climbing?
      Bee Keeping?
      Wool Shearing?
      Picking cotton?

      • me

        Why aren’t there more Negroes–
        Mowing their lawns?
        Volunteering?
        Tipping in restaurants?
        Entering swimming competitions?
        Horse breeding?
        Getting married to their baby mommas?
        Giving to charities?
        Graduating from high school?
        Staying out of trouble?
        C’mon, NPR, let’s get some juicy topics going.

    • Garrett Brown

      I listen to it during the day for the amazing music and especially the Irish hour on Sundays when I’m working. During the week when I leave the gym and head to my second job they have these absolutely hilarious liberal shows that give me quite a laugh with their interviews and stories. I suppose if you change it after the classical music ends you are missing out on some very funny idiots talking about the dumbest and most ridiculous issues that have absolutely nothing to do with helping this country. Interviewing lesbians, hippies, mudsharks, liberal chefs that change the name of classic dishes(especially in New Orleans) because “das racis”, oh man… It’s at least entertaining and will definitely cheer you up to say the least.

      • NorthSea

        Classical music is the only thing I listen to. Once someone starts talking I turn it off.

    • me

      NPR, the pseudo-intellectual’s choice for libtard discussion.

      • Fighting_Northern_Spirit

        If you live near a Pacifica station, check it out for the ultimate in lunatic left pseudo-intellectualism. I had a ring-side seat for the Pacifica implosion of 1999 and it was my first up-close look at typical black corruption as they played the race card against White and tribe communists and moonbats. Clinton appointed Mary Frances Berry as head of the CPB, and like blacks do with any sort of power, she proceeded to rule like an African petty despot. Watching White libtards squirm with discomfort at the undeniable racial animus directed at them, but not daring to name it, was comedy gold. Even today the racial aspect of the “troubles at Pacifica” is radioactive and strenuously denied.

        • Caledwych

          Yeah Mary Frances Berry was a real work of art,lol. Even Clinton,”the nation’s first black president” started distancing himself from this loon after he realized how hateful and nutty she was.Whatever happened to her?
          I often wonder when AmRen would do a “Where are they Now?” segment on a lot of the black supremacists that got me inspired to collaborate with the pro-WN movement. Leonard Jefferies?Mary Frances Berry?Lisa “Sistah Souljah” Williamson? Frances Cress Welsing? I know Khalid “Pope is a no good cracker in a dress” Muhammed died(murdered?) but the other moonbats dropped off the societal radar.

          • Fighting_Northern_Spirit

            Wiki’s last mention of Berry is that she joined the now-defunct “Arena” project over at Politico. As you might expect, academia provides a permanent nest of parasites like her and no doubt she’s safely ensconced there. If you delve into the Discover the Networks website surely many of the black supremacists you named will appear again and again; the worst of them usually slither into leftist foundations or other sinkholes of public cash.

          • TheAntidote

            Sistah Souljah (Fear of a [email protected] planet) came out with a very poorly written book about her life and times. All I can remember is her bragging about her fantastic bootylicious beauty; how her incredible hair and skin and giant behind could “kick Cindy Crawford to the curb”.
            I seem to remember as well she got involved with a weird, mystical Negro whom she struggled to connect to—–but ultimately it turned out he was on the down low.
            Khalid Muhammad came down with inoperable brain tumors.

          • Caledwych

            Thanks! I remember reading one of her inane interviews with a fawning white lib and she kept reiterating how “educated” she was—she studied all over the US,Spain,Norway,Russia,etc.The irony that she studied at white people’s school to get her ejumacation never seemed to occur to her.I mean,these freaks make it too easy!
            Also,she was MUTT UGLY—even for black woman standards—and that really says something.”Bootylicious beauty,ROFL!!!

    • T_Losan

      Now that they’ve taken care of the real story, I don’t suppose they could have a few fun articles on, oh, I don’t know, “why are blacks underrepresented in suicide stats” or “why are blacks underrepresented in hate crime arrests” or “why are blacks overrepresented in murder convictions”

      • evilsandmich

        Why whites are underrepesented purple drank consumers, etc.

        • T_Losan

          Oh, that one’s easy: because racism

    • JohnEngelman

      Ah, let me guess. Maybe NAM (non Asian minorities) lack the IQ power.

      Am I close?

  • Erasmus

    Probably for the same reason they’re are few black champion chess players. It takes too much time, effort and dedication.

    But, if they could find a niche for malt liquor micro-brews, they might be onto something.

    • Oil Can Harry

      Being a chess grandmaster also requires a high IQ.

    • The Final Solution

      The companies flood colored communities with malt liquor to keep the black man down. Ya feel me?

      • joesolargenius

        Yeah it was a CIA backed conspiracy and then they turned the operation over to the evil Koreans whom now own the stores ,them po blacks never had a chance.

      • Mike Conrad

        True dat ma nigga!

      • Johnny Squire

        An insidious plot to suppress emerging minority micro-breweries.

  • Rick Brooks

    Tomorrow’s NPR headline: “World Coming to an End; Minorities Hardest Hit”

    • The Final Solution

      Would be a good bumper sticker. LOL

      • MikeofAges

        i still think the topper is all of those liberal white chicks who, without the slightest sense of irony, drive around with “Extinction Is Forever” bumper stickers the backs of their Volvos and Subaru.

        • The Final Solution

          Haven’t seen that one but I’ve seen enough co-exist stickers to last two lifetimes. My favorite is “No one is born a bigot” LOL

          • MikeofAges

            I’ve seen the “coexist” sticker many times. Various versions of it, but in the whole lot of religions and secular creeds represented by it, only one has an ongoing problem with coexistence. Some are more vociferous about proselyting and arguing their case than others, but none in the world today resort to violence on a widespread and ongoing basis, but one.

            The “Extinction Is Forever” bumpers stickers are kind of cute. Usually green and white as I recall, with seal on the right side.

        • NorthSea

          Or Coexist.

  • The Final Solution

    Who cares? Clearly non-whites have no interest in the hobby. Not only that, but they aren’t intelligent enough to make a business out of it. A friend of mine owns a winery and I’ve seen him build his entire operation from the ground up. It takes ambition, motivation, determination, intelligence, and diligence, believe me. It also helps to have a lot of money. Most non-whites lack all of these things.

    • Erasmus

      But, but, but, but the fact that non-whites have no interest in becoming micro-brewers is prima facie evidence of “institutional racism”.

    • evilsandmich

      Don’t forget engineering creativity. There’s a place in Colorado that made a beer from yogurt bacteria strains that was pretty crazy tasting and at another micro-brew they noted that they were ‘still experimenting’ with a rather foul tasting, dark colored beer.

      • That’s interesting, because yeast can not metabolize lactose (milk sugar).

        • evilsandmich

          Yeah it was funky tasting; it was at Grimm Brothers up in Loveland. Keep waiting for them to bring it back but no luck thus far. There’s some talk about it on the internets (using dairy bacteria as the yeast; afraid I don’t know much about it though).

  • sbuffalonative

    “For the most part, you’ve got a bunch of white guys with beards making beer,” says Yiga Miyashiro, a Japanese-American brewer with Saint Archer Brewery in San Diego.

    Yes, clearly the problem is white guys with beards. That’s what’s stopping non-whites from making beer.

    • Erasmus

      It’s those damn white guys again.

      It’s those damn white guys who keep minorities from going to State Parks and wilderness areas. It’s those damn white guys who also make micro-brewing a hostile environment for all da’ brotha’s an’ da’ sistah’s.

      Gnome sane?

      Someone needs to call Al Sharpton.

    • John Ulfsson

      What do they expect? They’re always caught saying things with the implication that they believe the world would be better without white people, and then act like the notion of ‘white genocide’ is ridiculous. Why shouldn’t I think that wouldn’t put such a thought into action once they have the power in numbers to achieve it?

    • Pelagian

      Notice how cavalierly a national news organ can lampoon the appearance of white people. Can you imagine NPR reporting that basketball held no interest because it was “a bunch of black guys in dreads shooting hoops”.

      • sbuffalonative

        Yes, I did notice that but I neglected to add it. They can toss around these slurs and the reporter doesn’t even hear it. The reporter likely agrees; ‘Yes, the problem is always ‘too many white men’. ‘ It’s the underlying theme of this alleged ‘report’.

        Try saying this to a report, ‘you’ve got a bunch of black guys with hoodies’.

    • NorthSea

      Something should be done.

  • pcmustgo

    Because Blacks have NOTHING in common with White liberals either, loser. Because that’s “Stuff White People Like”.

    • Jefferson

      Blacks have plenty in common with SWPL types, at least when it comes to politics, not exactly hobbies though that have nothing to do with politics.

      • itdoesnotmatter

        Please. Your are forgetting blacks’ love of all white neighborhoods, malls, coffee shops and restaurants.

      • evilsandmich

        Actually they don’t; but silly ‘crunchy con’ whites keep voting for lefties who are all about giving NAMs anything that they please at the expense of their constituencies desires.

        • Jefferson

          Actually they do. SWPL’s views on affirmative action are the same as that of Shaniqua’s and Lashawn’s.

          SWPL’s views on immigration is the same as that of the Squat Monsters.

  • pcmustgo

    Because beer is mostly a European, Germanic thing. Because Blacks and Latinos aren’t that wealthy as a group and don’t have money for craft beers- or the appreciation. Because Asians are more into Sake.

    • exlib93

      These lefties spend more time agonizing over why Leroy doesn’t want to brew beer than that poor fellow who was killed by him.

    • Sake is a royal pain to produce. One has two different fermentations going on at the same time, and preparation of the rice is everything. Aspergillum breaks down the carbohydrates in the rice into sugars, which the yeast then turns into alcohol. I don’t know where to get aspergillum anymore. I brought the guys from Kojundo Chemical a book on homebrewing, so they got me one on sake manufacture. I sure miss them.

      • evilsandmich

        They have kits (punch it through the googler), not sure about the results though. Seems much more iffy than making beer (which even despite my best efforts, is pretty hard to goof up).

  • kjh64

    Nobody is stopping Blacks from being brewers. Maybe just maybe no Blacks are interested in home brewing?

    • They’re too lazy.

      • bigone4u

        You answered the question in the headline, something the story didn’t do. Good for you.

    • exlib93

      Perhaps because there is no grape koolaide flavored beer?

      • I thought we called that “sweet red wine”.

      • TheAntidote

        Years ago there was such a product aimed at the negro market. It was called Malt Duck. It was high alcohol so the do-gooders got it pulled from the shelves.

    • A Freespeechzone

      Could be a business opportunity for the hood—craft malt liquor

  • IstvanIN

    Why Aren’t More White People Involved in Brewing Jenkem

    Hmmm…..why aren’t they investigating that?

    • Extropico

      LOL Thanks I needed a laugh.

  • cecilhenry

    Whenever NPR asks this question, its time people started pointing out the obvious:

    Maybe the races aren’t equal— and what you are seeing is the reality of those differences.

    HERESY!!!!!

    Seriously I think NPR is dishonest in asking such questions.

    They have already decided that equality is a MUST and that ‘white racism’ is to blame.

    They just ask the question to prompt the answer they want.

    • Erasmus

      Come back and ask NPR why there aren’t more German, Belgian, American or Australian brewers of banana beer, a black African specialty

  • Spartacus

    “So how did American craft brewing end up so lacking in diversity?”

    ———————————————————————————————————————

    Because it requires planning and a minimal intelligence. That’s why !

    • Easyrhino1

      Another key personality trait being the concept of delayed gratification.

  • Easyrhino1

    Why aren’t more black also involved with: the ballet, opera, neurosurgery, Cal-Tech Jet Propusion Labs etc. Hey, what about AIPAC? No doubt there’s a dearth of blacks there as well. Quick, someone phone the $PLC to investigate!

    And what about the $PLC, how many blacks are in leadership positions there?

    • Diversity Awareness Brigade

      Blacks ruined our enjoying golf and tennis on TV. They will ruin our enjoying everything else, soon. Demographic change has consequences. Our White minority status will be hideous. When we get down to our last sixmillion, maybe we’ll finally panic and fight back.

      • Erasmus

        I still think we need to have more black figure skaters. Picture Rachel Jeantel doing a pirouette and those tights getting permanently lost up her butt crack.

        BTW, why IS ice at ice skating rinks white? It’s more institutional racism at work, I tells you. The color of ice should be brown or cocoa-colored, something more inclusive than white.

        • MikeofAges

          Saw Debi Thomas once on the Stanford Campus when she was out of training. Too much dorm food, I suppose. She made good in life as an orthopedic surgeon. But her bio leaves out her failed early marriage to a white jock.

          Another reminder of how great it would all be without us, I guess.

      • itdoesnotmatter

        Speaking of the all-out effort to ruin traditionally white sports. Philadelphia’s Boathouse Row, home to an exclusive enclave of white men and women who crew on the Schylkill River as a hobby and for college team practice, were dinged for lack of diversity. An
        enterprising black guy established classes for stoodunts from local black high schools with the intention of interesting them in the white sport of crew.
        It made me sick to see this happening.

        • evilsandmich

          For as much as they hate YT, they can’t wait to get in on whatever he is up to.

        • NorthSea

          What do they do if the scull turns over? Swimming?

      • IstvanIN

        That twerp Tiger Woods makes me puke.

        • Diversity Awareness Brigade

          I only cheer when the White guys are beating the N on the golf course.

    • Mike Conrad

      Now THERE’S a plan. Let’s get proper groid representation in AIPAC.

    • Nice line of thinking.
      Hand the reigns of $PLC over to the bantu and it will
      get looted, defrauded and go bankrupt in no time flat.

  • Diversity Awareness Brigade

    This is all just a part of the ongoing plan to make Whites feel that they are doing something wrong and hateful if they don’t see “increasing numbers” of blacks at all their events and hobbies.

    Whites are supposed to always worry about “exhibiting implicit, unconscious racist behaviors,” such as too often finding themselves in “comfortable” White environments.

    The MSM trick is to describe the “problem” in terms of how Whites are hurting blacks just by acting naturally White, i.e. excluding Diversity, then to give the solution to the “urgent” problem as “living into the rejection of Whiteness.”

    “You must constantly check your White privilege and hold yourself accountable for missed opportunities at affirmatively selecting for Diversity in all your social decisions.”

    -any teacher, any classroom, any preacher, any church, EVERYWHERE

    • Erasmus

      All other things being equal, I don’t want to see more blacks at my “events and hobbies.”

      When they’re there, they typically push to the front of whatever line there is, grab everything they can hold and never clean up afterward.

      It’s time to tell the people who tell us to “check our white privilege” to go fu*k themselves.

    • Pelagian

      NPR does have a point. It’s distinctly possible that the reason these hobbies flourish is not because of the quality of the hobby but because of the lack of blacks involved with them. We all subconsciously gravitate to hobbies that are non-diverse. We would all gravitate to whittling ships in bottles if that were the only hobby that enabled us to be free from blacks for an hour each evening.

      In sports, it was probably no coincidence that Professional hockey became popular in the US when the civil rights movement was raging in the 60s. When Detroit was burning, a Red Wings game was a good respite.

      The hobby I wish whites would take up is Bedroom Olympics: staying home and impregnating their wives.

      • Johnny Squire

        Great post. Funny and profound.

      • Sick of it

        “We all subconsciously gravitate to hobbies that are non-diverse.”
        Tabletop gaming, MMOs, anime…tend in one direction in this country. Same with comic shops generally.

        Oh and that kind of Olympic activity can occur anywhere, technically. It doesn’t have to be at home.

      • Johnny Squire

        Whites gravitate towards obeying the law, building civilizations, creating new technologies and medicines, raising intact families, and practicing altruistic faiths. Pretty much non-diverse activities.

      • Tim_in_Indiana

        “We all subconsciously gravitate to hobbies that are non-diverse”?

        Really? That describes practically anything that doesn’t involve music, dancing, basketball or doing something illegal.

        Blacks are not exactly known for their broad range of interests.

        • Pelagian

          That’s why were drawn to *hobbies*.

  • prunepit

    More revealing would be the number of black “craft” brewers in Africa.

    • Nick A Siggers

      Does jenkum count?

      DON’T google it if you don’t know what it is.

      • Andy

        I just made that mistake after reading IstvanIN’s comment.

        • IstvanIN

          My apologies.

        • TheAntidote

          Listen, word to the wise: whenever anyone tells you something about The dark Continent, just be satisfied with the bare outline, and under no circumstances google it for research or curiosity purposes. For you would see images of and learn about horrors that are the stuff of nightmares. Parasitic diseases that make AIDS look like the flu. Showering in animal piss. Cannibal feasts of living victims.

    • Johnny Squire

      That’s a great tactic. Every time someone asks why aren’t there more black scientists or why aren’t there more black mathematicians the response should be how many black scientists and mathematicians are there in Africa?

  • bigone4u

    “Why aren’t there more people of color in craft brewing?
    _________________________
    Who cares? Libtards drive me crazy with stupid stories like this one.

    • exlib93

      Were there actually tax dollars spent to study this nonsense?

      • bigone4u

        I can’t tell from the story, but it appears that the Babson College prof was an interviewee. Senator Proxmire back in the day used to hand out his “Golden Fleece” awards for the stupidest government funded studies. It got major media play. Too bad he is no longer with us.

  • I brew exquisitely hard cider at home, and the last four batches have been watermelon cider. Optimizing an experiment into a good recipe requires that one take detailed notes and understand experimental design so that one is changing only one variable at a time.

    This requires the patience and discipline most blacks lack.

    • RisingReich

      It also requires an IQ above room temperature, good taste (dare I say), and here’s the big one – a solid understanding of the the scientific method.
      I’m sure they consider the scientific method ‘raycis’ though.

      • Erasmus

        Dat scientific method be rayciss!
        Newton and Leibniz done stole da’ calculus from a couple ob da brothah’s.

    • Rhialto

      Sheeet! You whities be dumb as hell to make ya stuff. Don ya’ know a store what take EBT for 40 Ozz?

      • I can homebrew for less than what gasoline costs. Don’t drive drunk; get drunk!

        • fuzzypook

          I think you must be a fascinating guy to share a brew with Michael!

          • Johnny Squire

            I agree. The more he reveals about himself, the more I am impressed, and a little awed, too. Mr. Scott has certainly lived an interesting life.

          • I’d rather a boring one.

  • Jenkem Huffington

    Blacks are well known for making fine wines from ketchup packets and raisins in prison.

    • Johnny Squire

      Really? That is hilariously disgusting.

      • Jenkem Huffington

        It’s called “pruno” or “hooch”. Generally made in mop buckets or in bags hidden in the toilet. Really when it comes to finding ways to get high, blacks are veritable Thomas Edisons at invention. In the old country they’ve even found ways to get high on raw sewage and lizard droppings.

  • exlib93

    I have no interest in throwing dice, collecting welfare, and wearing pants that expose my behind…does that mean taxpayer dollars to teach me the joys of ghetto culture? I didn’t think so.

  • Alucard_the_last

    I cannot believe that this is actually a concern. It just never ends with these ‘people’.

    • itdoesnotmatter

      EVERYTHING that blacks don’t do and whites do is a CONCERN!! Keep up. [sarc]

  • Wethepeople

    Couldn’t be that it takes skill, patience and a bit of hard work. Could it?

  • Romulus

    Who gives a crap! Even DOS equis was created by a German brewmaster in 1892. Next article.

    • IstvanIN

      The whole Mexican beer industry is German..

      • Romulus

        Stay thirsty my friend!!

    • Not only that, the best Chinese beer, Tsingtao was German. Before 1914, Tsingtao was a German colony, and of course they set up a brewery. As a British ally, Japan declared war on Germany at the outbreak of World War One, and after an expensive siege, they took Tsingtao and returned it to Chinese control. The brewery remained, and enough Chinese had been trained to run it that it continued operation.

      The German POWs taken at Tsingtao were put up in a hotel in Japan. They were allowed to find work in the surrounding area, so long as they never went near the harbor. They were allowed girlfriends or wives, and quite a few saw no point in returning to Germany in 1919. Quite a far cry from their treatment of POWs a generation later.

      • Romulus

        Im sick of it. There’s even a commercial stating that the Cubans introduced rum to American soldiers, which is pure horsesh*t!! The Scots invented rum with the available materials they found there during the height of the British empire.

  • Truthseeker

    Once again we have proof that liberals view white people as featureless generic humanoids that could never possibly have any distinct interests of their own.

    • Erasmus

      It would be strange to be a liberal, (past 20 to 25), being forced to constantly disregard the obvious, always having to pretend that what’s so isn’t.

      The most pathetic part is that once you’ve become accustomed to denying reality in one forum of your life, then ignoring reality in the other fora just gets easier and easier. IOW, ultimately you’ve willed yourself to a life of ignorance.

      • Johnny Squire

        Ignoring reality is especially easy for those malevolent enough to make a living doing it. Just take any race baiting politician or news commentator, for example.

        • IstvanIN

          X

  • Stentorian_Commentator

    You see, blacks invented brewing, and then whitey stole it from them . . . .

    • Johnny Squire

      And in the process we stole their ability to reason. Cheers!

  • RisingReich

    Beer making is a uniquely European thing. Whites have it in their BLOOD.
    I’m with Romulus on this one – what a non-story.
    Next article.

  • je suis paganisme

    My first thought is that blacks are rough—the finer things of life escape them.
    Wine, beer, ballet, literature, figure skating, fencing, gymnastics, the arts, romance, gentility of manners. Of course, there are exceptions. But in general, blacks are rough.
    There are rough Whites, also, but a much smaller percentage of the whole as compared to blacks.
    .

    • bigone4u

      If I could give you a dozen up votes I would. Some whites are “rough,” but almost all blacks are “rough.” The word rough conveys that multiplicity of meanings. It also means that good parenting and even good marriages are not inherent in blacks.

    • Erasmus

      I know what you mean by “rough,” but let’s say what we really mean: “Blacks are coarse.”

      There are, indeed, coarse whites, but black America celebrates the coarse and the dysfunctional to a degree no other culture does. Oh, I’m not saying that it’s all coarse and dysfunctional, but no white would let another white get away with telling a 3rd white that he/she is acting black because he/she is trying to do well in school.

      Black children in da ‘hood accuse any of their peers who wants to do well academically of being white all the time. No other culture that I can think of has such a coarse attitude toward education.

  • MikeofAges

    Blacks in America own few businesses, period. Hispanics most often operate businesses catering to basic community needs — food and dining, furniture and appliances, convenience markets and “bodegas”, motor vehicles services and the like. Why does everybody have to be the same anyway? If there is any aspect to diversity that actually makes life more colorful and allows the appreciation of different cultures, it is due to the fact that people are different. Nobody ever expected even different European nationalities to be the same. Why should non-European Americans have to be the same as some subset of European Americans which does not even represent the totality of Euro-American culture?

  • White Mom in WDC

    Who cares?

  • ViktorNN

    We’re already not permitted to show real, true racial solidarity, so now they’re trying to forbid even implicitly white, racially homogenous activities.

    Anything “white” is bad, which is another way of saying we’re not supposed to exist.

    • bigone4u

      Right on. The powers that be denigrate everything we value in hopes that we will become the black monsters they want us to be. As for me, I am staying white and I advise everyone white to do the same and be proud.

  • Nick A Siggers

    What?
    There are plenty of black brewers, J’arlazius brews up a new batch of crack all the time.

  • Fair Dingum

    I’m sure we’ll be seeing an NPR piece asking why there are so few whites in basketball any day now.

    • itdoesnotmatter

      And then, there’s PBS. Program after program about the lives, times and cultures of blacks, any and all Asians, feather-Indians, dot-Indians, mestizos, and just about every other race on the planet but Euros, except for European travelogues and expensive PBS sponsored tours and cruises to take in the wonders of European architecture and ancient culture. A perfect demonstration of libtard specialty, cognitive dissonance.
      Otherwise, PBS programs portraying Euro-white cultures can’t seem to stop showing the viewer how we have ruined things for everyone else.
      Wonder how many “oppressed” minorities watch or support PBS.

  • Johnny Squire

    It never ends. Whenever lefties see anything all white they have to accuse it of racism.

    • Johnny Squire

      I can’t stop laughing about this article.

  • Erasmus

    Maybe NPR should ask why whites are “under-represented” in violent crime?

    The cultural Marxists will shoot their nuts off here, just like they did in the old Soviet Union. They always swim against reality, and reality finally bites them on their leftist backsides. The only sad part is that so many good, innocent people are hurt by their stupidity.

  • Mike Conrad

    Ahh, NPR. Yep, the last time I hoisted a brew this is exactly what I was wondering

  • MartelC

    Oh my another liberal ‘crisis’.. not enough blacks in ballet, not enough in craft brewing.. the horrors…the horrors of our white privilege society..

    Yeah this is ‘news’ meanwhile, muslims groom 10 year old white english girls for sex and prostitution, black on white attacks are occurring daily, we’re about toss missles at the last country in the mid east protecting Christians but we’re supposed to fret over this…

  • Andy

    Why aren’t there more colorless people in flash mobs?

  • MekongDelta69

    My vote for idiotic article of the week. And it’s only Tuesday!

  • DudeWheresMyCountry?

    Let me rephrase this articles title for the lefty sheep that listen to NPR: “Why do retrograde genes lack in any industry that requires patience, organization and professional craftsmanship?”

  • Tinfoil A22hat

    Why don’t more people of colour listen to NPR? No twerkin’ and no human beat box.

  • negrolocaust

    whats the word?… thunderbird!… whats the price?….. 0.75 twice!

  • Pelagian

    I havent made a complete study of it, but I imagine that even Meth requires a level of patience and interest in Chemistry beyond most drugs. Which is why it is considered a white drug.

  • Caucasoid88

    Frederick Douglas Opie, a food historian at Babson College, says that cultures in western and central Africa have “a long history of artisan brewing.”

    Groids brew jenkum and fermented goat piss. Hardly artisan.

  • willbest

    The only people I know that make their own beer are fairly well into the self sufficiency/survivalist crowd, of which I suspect skews 99% white.

  • William Krapek

    Of course Whites dominate this. It’s an expression of higher culture and connection with our civilization. That’s way beyond most blacks.

    (Now if you’ll excuse me. Several have just come into the break room. Naturally they’re yelling.)

  • EternalWhiteness

    What’s wrong with ‘white guys with beards’? The comment sounds racist to me. And why does NPR want more Africans making beer? Don’t the queers at NPR have anything something better to do with their time?

  • SWPL2

    Menthol beer?

  • ShermanTMcCoy

    This post deserves a hundred up arrows.

  • ShermanTMcCoy

    Living in Germany, I couldn’t imagine drinking a “Bud” or “Sam Adams”, much less a “Blood” or “Cripus Attucks.”

    • shmo123

      If I lived in Germany, I’m sure I’d drink the local product as well. Bud is light lager, a watered down version of European lagers, but Sam Adams is pretty good beer. The worst are the so-called “lite” beers, so lacking in taste you wonder how they get people to buy them. Miller lite has got to be the worst excuse for beer I’ve ever tasted. The Germans have always made good beer, but there are a lot of micro brewers in the states that have caught up or surpassed them in quality and taste. Except for some British brews I like, nearly all the beer I buy lately has been American made microbrews– they’re more expensive but worth it.

    • NorthSea

      How about a Lowenbro’?

  • bubo

    Every black kid wants to be either a pro athlete, entertainer, gangster or microbrewer. Everyone knows that.

  • Elena Andbasket

    Why is it that those who always whine about there being “not enough people of color” in whatever, are so quiet on why so many people of one particular color are massively overrepresented in other activities, such as muggings, robberies, rapes, assaults, football and basketball?

  • Juan Outtamany

    I love driving but it doesn’t mean everyone should build their own car. Keep your craft beer. I’d rather spend my down time drinking than crafting. But to each his own

  • Juan Outtamany

    The next time you hear some one say “this or that would be better were it more diverse”
    ~
    force them to explain exactly how it would be better for everyone and not just better for a few.

  • Here goes:

    Apple-Lime Cider

    Ingredients

    8 cans Wal Mart “Great Value” frozen apple juice concentrate
    4 cans Wal Mart “Great Value” frozen limeade concentrate
    3 pounds sugar
    1/2 packet Lalvin V1116 wine yeast

    Equipment

    1 fermenter made from a “Deep Rock” water bottle with a pressure lock fitted to the screwcap.

    Bottles and caps.

    Instructions

    Allow juice concentrate to thaw overnight.

    Pour sugar into fermenter, followed by all juice concentrate. Use 1-pint containers to measure out sugar: 1 pint is 1 pound. Rinse out juice containers with warm water into fermenter, and finally fill to beginning of shoulder with tap water, swirling occasionally to dissolve sugar and juice mix. Add wine yeast and fit cap with pressure lock.

    Fermentation will start slowly, due to presence of citric acid and resulting low pH. It will be finished in six weeks at room temperature. The shreds of lime will produce a heavy sediment.

    Bottle. I use clean, clear 40-oz bottles with 2 teaspoons of sugar in each, filled with the fermented liquid only slightly into the neck. Bottles explode during secondary otherwise.

    Secondary fermentation takes another 4 weeks.

    Refrigerate 24 hours before drinking.

    I use the cheap juice concentrates from Wal Mart because these contain none of the preservatives that would otherwise prevent the yeast from growing. If you wish to use other juices, merely look for ingredients like sodium benzoate – these are typical preservatives.

    Apple-lemon cider works the same way, but substitutes 4 cans of lemonade concentrate for the limeade.

    Cranberry Christmas cider merely replaces all 12 cans of mixed juice concentrate with 12 cans of cranberry juice concentrate.

    These recipes produce some rather heavy fuel.

  • At least the ingredients are inexpensive. I wonder, though, have they tried varying the poo/pee ratio? Does a diet rich in fiber make a difference?

    I think I’ll stick with hard cider.

  • rentslave

    For people who preach the mantra of diversity 24/7,they certainly are not a diverse lot.

  • Alexandra1973

    I once worked with someone who was from Clay County, WV. She said they didn’t like blacks down there, but they let one stay because he made some good moonshine.
    That aside, I’m not sure I want any blacks preparing anything I’m going to drink. Never know if they’d add something to it, if you take my meaning.

  • Evette Coutier

    Someone was actually paid to write this article? Now that’s funny.

  • Formerly_Known_as_Whiteplight

    I happen to have been best friends in college with the guy who is the first craft brewer since prohibition. In America, the craft brewing culture started in the early 1980s and was started in California. He was one of the first graduates with a four year degree in fementation biology from the new program at UC Davis that was run by his brother in law. Craft brewing, that specific culture was and is a white phenomena. So F-ing what?

  • Chris Granzow XI

    Ahh yes. This is one of the universe’s greatest mysteries, along with other questions that have baffled academics for centuries. This joins other musings such as “Why did the chicken cross the road?” or “How many licks to the center of a tootsie pop?” In this instance, I’m afraid the world will never know….

    • Why did the chicken cross the road?

      I prefer the Ernest Hemingway answer:

      To die. In the rain.

    • LIBERTYSINCURSION

      “Why did the chicken cross the road” < I was literally laughing when I read that, it wasn't what I thought you were going to say )

  • Vito Powers

    why doesn’t NPR ever do a story on the dearth of Negro Environmentalists? Why is it only White people that seem to care about litter and keeping neighborhoods clean? Surely there must be a whiff of racism here.

  • NorthSea

    They’re interested in waiting for the joggers, though.

  • Randall Ward

    The so called craft brewing did not start in the US. It started in Europe long ago. In 1964 I visited Paris and visited many bars, where each bar made its own brew. After that visit it was a big letdown to drink budwiser in the US.

  • Diversity Awareness Brigade

    “Why Aren’t There More People of Color in Craft Brewing?”

    MSM doesn’t ask questions about “disparities” unless they are begging the question with a forgone answer: White Racism to Blame for Why People of Color Still Suffer Low Numbers in Craft Brewing.

    “nation’s community of home-brewers also sheds light on the matter”

    Translation: Whites segregate themselves at home away the Diversity that reflects who we are as a people, so we need to do more to force integration into White homes.

  • MarcB1969

    It’s always amusing when the SWPL crowd worries so desperately that the things they enjoy are not palatable to the black. The black is fine with his Old English 800 and Colt 45 and doesn’t see the value in craft beer. Besides, it’s quite a bit more expensive for someone just looking to get loaded. They need to leave them be to enjoy their own beverages from the quickie mart.

  • Diversity Awareness Brigade

    Not “lacking in relevance,” but “fully relevant in showing us how much more work we have to do in combating pervasive racism.”

  • Seminumerical

    I had Bantu beer a few times in South Africa and Lesotho. It is not bad, but the alcohol level is pretty low, 2 or 3 percent. They make it in a plastic bucket out of cornmeal, millet, or sorghum plus airborne yeast or the leftover from the day before as a starter, like sourdough. I didn’t ask the details, but I think it takes less than a day to make a batch.

    To drink it you squat in the dirt, and tip up the bucket. Then pass it to the right and wait for it to come round the circle again. Pretty much it is like a runny, alcoholic, cornmeal porridge. It is incredibly cheap, and I think these days a guy down on his luck will drink it in a shebeen, since he gets a meal and a very slight buzz for less than fifty cents. Any time I drank a quart or two, for as much effect as one Bud Light, I had to follow it with a few quarts of Windhoek with the locals.

    I rented a room from a retired Afrikaner brewer and he told me that the fermentation tanks for South African beers are inches thick in sludge, but the Namibian made Windhoek fermentation tanks are gleaming clean before each batch.

  • TheAntidote

    Best post! Imagine if one of those bearded, white brewmeisters had answered the NPRtard, “Well, it’s a white thing, you wouldn’t understand….” LOL.

  • Formerly_Known_as_Whiteplight

    I never saw JFK, until earlier this year. Where Stone got the quote is the same place that “LBJ, the Mastermind of the JFK Assassination” got it and more support material and witnesses. What you don’t know is that LBJ was duplicitous and had stated several times that he longed to be a war time president, like FDR. He made deals with General Dynamics and other corporations. He never won an election without massive fraud, including the 1960 election where he and JFK had their mutual voter fraud apparatus at work (Joe Kennedy).

    Please don’t try to teach me what I already know about and more…. don’t you ever get the feeling you’re over your head? Never a moment of doubt or self-examination?

    “LBJ, the Mastermind of the JFK Assassination,” by Phillip F Nelson

    Update yourself.

  • He was about as “reluctant” as a five-dollar hooker who’d run out of beer.

  • I don’t have a beard. I’ve grown it out in the past, like in Australia in 1997 and 1998, but it made me look like the proverbial wild man from beyond the black stump. I would thus be exempt from your proposed law.

  • me

    Yes there are! But the Bantu numismatist usually does it all at once by breaking and entering, and their collection lasts as far as the local pawn shop.

  • Q: “Do you want to fight, or do you want to surf?”

    A: “I’ll surf, sir!”