In the craft brewing industry, opportunity is limitless. But to see opportunity, you need to feel welcome, understood, and a sense of purpose.
As we take an honest look at our industry, this hasn’t always been the case. Thus, we want to raise awareness and create more pathways for diversity, in every sense and across every role.
So we’re going to do it the best way we know how. With beer, and the people behind it.
With that, we’d like to introduce Hopportunity Awaits 2022.
Our “Hopportunity Awaits” Hazy IPA is back for a second year to help the masses discover careers in craft beer and inspire more of us to hold the door for the unique talent among us. After reading all of the inspiring stories from the ten incredible individuals featured in Hopportunity Awaits 2022, we hope you will see that yes, you can brew it, too.
Partial proceeds from Hopportunity Awaits 2022 will benefit Craft x EDU. We’ve worked together to launch an educational grant that awards scholarships to emerging brewing professionals. These scholarships will help emerging professionals in the brewing industry develop their talent and gain access to development and training opportunities.
We’re extremely thankful to be working with Craft x EDU founder and executive director, Dr. J Jackson-Beckham. Better known as “Dr. J,” she’s a positive force championing diversity, equity, and inclusion in the craft beer community and beyond.
On the cans, you will meet 10 industry professionals who are ready to tell their remarkable stories of how they got their start and paved their own path in craft, rules be damned.
So, what are you waiting for? Hopportunity Awaits…
Luis Melgarejo >> owner of Tepeyolot Cerveceria fusing Mexican cuisine with beer for a focus on community.
Dave Scarpello >> a packaging operator at Athletic Brewing, advocating for health and NA beer.
Caiti Sullivan >> an artist turned brewer & brewery owner on a mission to create the world she wants to see through beer.
Alisa Bowens-Mercado >> turning a passion of dance & lagers into Connecticut’s first Black, woman-owned brewery.
Ashlie Randolph >> a lover of beer rooted in culture & tradition and co-founder of Lifting Lucy, a non-profit committed to supporting BIWOC in beer.
Sabrina Grimes >> taking art, advocacy, & a love of beer to make successful retail shop @thehoppiestshop.
Hannah Kiem >> a NYC actor spotlighting the stories of women in beer on her podcast, “Brews with Broads.”
Ale Sharpton >> beer visionary on an endless mission to bring equity, innovation, & style to the industry.
Press >> whose mission to end violence led to a love of brewing with TRU Colors Brewery.
Josh Bernstein >> a career journalist covering craft beer and author of five beer books.