The Brewers Association is committed to fostering an inclusive and diverse craft brewing community for both brewers and beer lovers. Since the creation of its Diversity Committee in 2017, highlights of the association’s work include the hiring of Diversity Ambassador Dr. J. Nikol Jackson-Beckham, Ph.D., the publishing of a series of diversity and inclusion best practice resources for its members, and a grant program for events.

Diversity Resources

Research studies increasingly show that diversity and inclusion (or D&I) can help increase a business’ bottom line, drive innovation, attract more talent, attract more customers, and create more opportunities for growth.

The Brewers Association diversity best practices resources provide expert guidance to those businesses who wish to invest in diversity and inclusion, but may not know where to start. View these resources and other helpful articles in the Resource Hub.

Diversity and Inclusion Events Grant Program

The Brewers Association is proud to fund event grants in support of local and regional events that intentionally promote and foster a more diverse and inclusive craft beer community.

Learn more about submitting a diversity event grant proposal.

Diversity Ambassador: Dr. J. Nikol Jackson-Beckham, Ph.D.

Similar to other BA ambassador roles, the diversity ambassador travels around the country attending guild meetings and educating brewers on how best to diversify both their customer and employee base. 

Learn more about Dr. J

Diversity Committee

Formed in 2017, the Brewers Association Diversity Committee is made up of a cross section of industry members of varied backgrounds and regions. The five goals (est March 2018) of the diversity committee are:

  • Establish an organizational structure within the Brewers Association that is committed to diversity, equity, equality and inclusion.
  • Collect, collate, analyze and disseminate data to promote diversity, equity, equality and inclusion across all aspects of the small and independent craft brewing community.
  • Support and promote diversity within the small and independent craft brewing community, including breweries, wholesalers, raw material suppliers and retailers.
  • Actively attract and retain a diverse community of drinkers of small and independent craft beer.
  • Promote diversity, equity, equality and inclusion on all Brewers Association public facing properties, including Brewers Association events, publications and websites.

Diversity in the Craft Brewing Community Data

Brewery Operations Benchmarking Survey, 2018: Brewery Owner and Employee Diversity

See also: Brewery Diversity Benchmarking: A Foundation for Change