Urban Jungle Brewing: A Black-Owned Farm-Inspired Brewery Kickstarter
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I've worked almost every job there is, from Jack in the Box to Portfolio Accounting and Commercial Real Estate, now I want to add business owner to my list.
After studying business, spending 8 years in construction, portfolio accounting, 5 years of homebrewing, 4 years of collaborating with craft breweries across the US, and visiting breweries around the world, I'm finally going pro.
Not only do we want a farm and brewery, but we want to create a space that diversity and inclusivity are not only tolerated but welcomed. A place where people of color, women, LBTQIA+, and everyone can know that they have a family, a place to hang out, socialize, feel safe, and enjoy good beer.
While there are over 8,000 breweries in the US, there is little representation of people of color. Black brewery owners account for just 1% percent of brewery ownership, according to Bart Watson, chief economist of the Brewers Association.
Historically, craft beer has been a largely male-dominated industry. However, the number of women working in the field is steadily growing: today, about 29% of brewery employees are female, and about 21% of breweries have at least one woman in a leadership role.
Urban Jungle represents both. There is a brilliance and beauty that comes out of conversation and partnerships and now is the time to begin truly talking and working towards diversity and inclusion. We are hoping that in this moment of crisis, where there's a generation that is pushing aggressively for change, we can be part of the change within this industry and that we own that change collectively.
Not only do we want to welcome any person from any background, but we want to support their businesses by partnering with them for collaborations and ingredient sourcing.
This isn’t just about business, it’s about building community.