I’m very grateful to have been given the chance to contribute to another article written by Thrillist’s Dave Infante. He is producing some really fantastic journalism (solid research, fresh perspective, healthy dose of funny-snark) that happens to be about one of my favorite topics. Check out The Sleazy and Spectacular History of Malt Liquor. It’s a long read that is well worth your time!
I’M IN A CRAFT BEER BAR IN BROOKLYN,sipping a $9 stout and looking for black people. “Juicy” is on the speakers, and Notorious B.I.G. grew up a five-minute walk from my barstool here on the dividing line between Clinton Hill and Bedford-Stuyvesant. This is a traditionally black neighborhood, but right now, at 10:30pm on a Thursday, the only people in the bar are me (white), the bartender (white), and a stocky guy with a beard down at the end mouthing lyrics and nursing a bomber of what looks like Hill Farmstead (he’s white, too).
My search isn’t going well so far.
Damn, that Infante can drop a hell of a lede. These are the opening lines to a recent THRILLIST (I think you have to say it in all caps right?) feature, There are Almost No Black People Brewing Craft Beer. Here’s Why, in which I play the dubious role of “expert” source. Many thanks to Dave for the conversation and including some of the more lucid of my thoughts.
I recently appeared as a featured guest on Episode #9 – “Why are we so male? Why are we so White?” of The Beer Curmudgeons podcast. Collin and Sayre, the podcast’s hosts are two amazing guys who are “elevating the discourse” around craft beer. If you like thinking, and you like craft beer, and thinking about craft beer makes you feel all atwitter, you should definitely check it out!