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A server at Mujeres Brew House in San Diego rings up a customer in front of a selection of craft beers. Photo: Russell Contreras/Axios

Independent craft brewers are popping up in cities across the country, and a small but growing number of them are Latina-owned or run by a Latina head brewer.

The big picture: Latinas are opening up independent craft breweries from California to Colorado as Latina-owned small businesses continue to be one of the fastest-growing segments of the economy despite a lack of venture capital.

  • The acknowledgment comes as advocates observe Latina Equal Pay Day on Oct. 21 — a day to bring attention to the fact that Latinas earn only 57 cents for every dollar earned by white, non-Hispanic men and must work nearly 23 months to earn what white men earn in 12.

Details: Mujeres Brew House in San Diego's historic Barrio Logan opened last year during the height of the pandemic and has since developed an international following. Carmen Favela, owner and co-founder, said the brewer came out of a club to empower Latinas who drink craft beer.

  • Three years ago, Jessica Fierro opened the Atrevida Beer Company in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and has since won a number of awards and earned a shout-out for her ingenuity from civil rights leader Dolores Huerta.
  • Around the same time, Cielomar Cuevas with husband Luis Castro opened up the San Francisc0 Bay Area-based Del Cielo Brewing Co. They create beers like Guava Dreams, a kettle sour inspired by pink guava of Cali, Colombia.
  • And Latina and woman-owned Hot Plate Brewing Company is scheduled to open in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, with a seven-barrel brewhouse.

By the numbers: Around 93.5% of brewery owners in the U.S. were white, according to the latest survey by the Brewers Association, the nation's top trade group for independent and craft brewers.

  • Only 2.2% were owned by someone of "Hispanic, Latina -o, or of Spanish Origin," the survey found. It did not break Hispanic ownership down by gender.
  • Yet, the survey found that 23.7% of all breweries were partially female-owned. Only 2.9%were entirely woman-owned.

The intrigue: Female drinkers of alcohol under 25 now outnumber their male counterparts, Bart Watson, chief economist for the Brewers Association, wrote in his analysis.

Don't forget: Missy Begay, a member of the Navajo Nation, and Shyla Sheppard, a member of the Three Affiliated Tribes, founded Bow & Arrow brewery in Albuquerque, New Mexico. They are one of the few Native American women-owned breweries in the U.S.

What they're saying: "One of the biggest reasons for wanting to own my own brewery is because I don't fit in that box of whatever a brewer is supposed to look like," Atrevida Beer's Fierro tells Axios.

  • The hairstylist-turned-brewer said she heard negative comments about her gender, ethnicity and job, and her brewery's slogan: Diversity, It's on tap!
  • But then her Dolores Huerta Mexican Lager won a best lager award at a Denver brew fest. "I was like..there's no better way to tell someone off. Let my beer do the talking."

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John Frank, author of Denver
Nov 19, 2021 - Axios Chicago

2021's biggest beer release is all about the barrels

The lineup of 2021 Bourbon County stouts. Photo courtesy of Goose Island

For this year's Bourbon County beers, Chicago's Goose Island is returning to what made the brewery the OG in the first place: its barrels.

What to know: Bourbon County Brand Stout debuts on Black Friday — an unofficial beer holiday — and easily ranks as the most widely anticipated beer release each year, writes John Frank, our resident beer nerd at Axios Denver.

  • The lucky Chicago-area beer fans who won the Prop Day lottery get an early preview this weekend.
John Frank, author of Denver
Nov 24, 2021 - Axios Twin Cities

Minnesota's role in Goose Island's cult beer release

Black Swan's patented honeycomb-shaped planks add more wood flavor to beer. Photo courtesy of Elkins Flom

Black Friday is an unofficial beer holiday filled with special releases — including one that features the flavors of a small Minnesota barrel-maker.

What's happening: The most-anticipated releases each year are Goose Island's Bourbon County stouts, writes Axios Denver's John Frank, our resident beer geek.

  • This year, one of the variants made by the Chicago-based brewery features a stout aged using cherry wood. It's harvested in Minnesota by Park Rapids' barrel-maker Black Swan Cooperage.

Progressives to file resolution to strip Boebert's committee seats

Rep. Lauren Boebert walking through the Senate side of the U.S. Capitol earlier this month. Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

House progressives are planning to introduce a resolution on Wednesday to strip Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-Colo.) of her committee assignments, according to a Democratic aide familiar with the matter.

Why it matters: The move, which was first reported by the Washington Post, comes as progressives — anxious to see the right-wing firebrand face retribution for her recent comments — have grown frustrated by Democratic leadership's inaction on the issue.