The Brewers Association (BA) is committed to fostering an inclusive and diverse craft brewing community for both brewers and beer lovers. Since the creation of its Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Committee in 2017, highlights of the association’s work include publishing of a series of diversity and inclusion best practice resources for its members, engaging an ambassador to deliver seminars and keynotes for state brewers guilds, completing the industry’s first benchmark of brewery owner and employee diversity, creating the diversity and inclusion events grants program, helping to establish the association’s first code of conduct, and developing a mentorship program. The Brewers Association’s Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) department, established in 2020, leads the association’s internal and external efforts to cultivate positive change in the craft brewing community.
Diversity, Equity & Inclusion 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.
The Brewers Association’s Equity and Inclusion Partner, Dr. J Jackson-Beckham, works with the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee to create these resources and provide expert guidance. Learn more about Dr. J and her upcoming speaking engagements here.
Diversity, Equity & Inclusion 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 (established in March 2018) of the 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 and Inclusion Event Grants 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.
The Brewers Association envisions a craft brewing industry that provides unmatched opportunities for learning, professional development, employment, entrepreneurship, belonging, and empowerment to everyone regardless of identities, experiences, or perspectives.
The program seeks to increase the diversity of the workforce, leadership, and ownership of small and independent breweries by providing structured mentoring and advocacy to those experiencing barriers to access or advancement in the industry.
Learn more about this program and how to become a mentor or participant.
Diversity in the Craft Brewing Community Data
As a part of the 2018 Brewery Operations Benchmarking Survey (BOBS), the BA completed our first benchmark of brewery owner and employee diversity, both in terms of gender, as well as race and ethnicity.
View the Brewery Owner and Employee Diversity data here and analysis from BA Chief Economist Bart Watson in his post on Brewery Diversity Benchmarking: A Foundation for Change.