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Inclusion on Tap: EEB Paves the Way in Brewing Community

Inclusion on Tap: EEB Paves the Way in Brewing Community

The Importance of Diversity in the Brewing Community

Brewing is More Than a Hobby

Brewing has always been more than a hobby for many people worldwide. Over the past decade, homebrewing has exploded in popularity under the name the “craft beer movement.” With the popularity of craft beer, a new wave of brewers is emerging, diversifying the industry.

While the brewing industry continues to grow, it still lags in terms of diversity. Women, people of color, and the LGBTQ+ community are often underrepresented in the brewing community. In recent years, many organizations have identified this issue and are implementing programs to address it.

The Formation of EEB

One such organization devoted to overcoming the lack of diversity in the brewing community is the Equity in the Brewing Industry (EEB). The EEB is an organization that seeks to promote diversity in the brewing community. Founded in 2019, the EEB provides a community for underrepresented groups in the brewing community.

Their goal is to expand the industry of craft beer to a diverse demographic, reach out to underrepresented communities, and bridge connections between these groups and businesses within the industry that have different backgrounds.

How EEB is Making a Difference

The EEB provides resources, opportunities, and connections to diverse communities to combat the lack of representation. They share information about the industry, provide mentorships, and offer grants to newly established breweries.

The organization also hosts events to provide visibility and networking opportunities for underrepresented groups in the brewing industry. These events give an opportunity to connect with people within the industry, learn more about the industry, and potentially find job opportunities.

Why Diversity is Important in The Brewing Industry

Diversity adds various viewpoints, experiences, cultures, and ideas to the industry, making it more innovative. It is gaining more attention in this vital industry by promoting businesses operated by underrepresented groups, resulting in economic growth.

Additionally, as the brewing industry grows, businesses must diversify to expand their customer base and meet diverse customers’ needs. By promoting and establishing diversity in the community, the brewing industry becomes more efficient, contributes to economic growth, and supports underrepresented groups within the industry.

The Future of Diversity in Brewing Industry

Looking towards the future, it’s easy to see the potential for change in the brewing industry through organizations like the EEB. As the industry continues to grow, these organizations can help it become more inclusive, diverse, and effective.

The EEB has opened doors for underrepresented groups in the brewing industry. They have created opportunities for mentorship, funding, networking, and education. These opportunities are essentials in driving diversity in the brewing industry forward.

As more people become involved in brewing, it’s essential to create an environment where everyone feels valued. The EEB and other organizations promote equality and diversity in the brewing industry, creating a welcoming and inclusive community for all.


Dustin is a writer about craft beer and a professional brewer in the city of Chicago. He has written for several magazines and has over a decade of experience in the beer industry. He is currently working on a book about the history of beer in Chicago.

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