The craft beer industry confronts its demons
The craft beer community reunited in Denver this weekend for the first time since before the pandemic to confront its demons.
What they're saying: In the opening address, Bob Pease, CEO of the Boulder-based Brewers Association, the industry's leading trade group, called for an "awakening."
- "This scourge of discrimination and inequity has festered and held us back," he told attendees at the Craft Brewers Conference, which concluded Sunday.
- "We are at an inflection point," added Virginia Morrison, the association's co-chair for diversity.
- Flashback: The three female owners of Lady Justice Brewing in Aurora took their story to a national platform this summer, and at least one Colorado brewery owner publicly apologized for its workplace culture.
Between the lines: The conference is the largest industry-only gathering in the nation and typically is focused on education seminars and a trade show.
This year, the event had a different feel, with an entire track of meetings about workplace culture, ranging from diversity and inclusion to mental health.
- The conference included trainings from the National Conflict Resolution Center and promoted the #NotMe app to report misconduct and discrimination.
The bottom line: "We've been very reactive," Brewers Association's diversity ambassador Nikol Jackson-Beckham told John at the conference. "It's time to connect the dots."
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