Owner Clarence Boston may be the most multifaceted brewery owner in America. After opening the first Hippin Hops location in April 2021 (the first brick-and-mortar Black-owned brewery in Georgia), he and his wife and co-owner Donnica expanded to two more facilities. Clarence, originally a mortician, was a homebrewer for years before launching Hippin’ Hops Brewery and Oyster Bar, whose menu is supplied in part by Boston’s own oyster bed in North Carolina.
From restaurants and shops to Black-owned Airbnbs, it’s becoming easier to seek out Black-owned businesses across the USA. In a small but growing sector, Black-owned breweries and Black-owned wineries are gaining traction.
Shockingly, Black-owned breweries in America make up less than one percent of the nearly 8,5000 craft breweries in the country, but these breweries are worth seeking out. Expect unique flavors such as African vanilla and Ghanaian honey, a celebration of African and African-American culture and support for social justice initiatives.
Black-owned wineries are few and far between, though our list includes standout producers. Whether born of a passion for wine or through longtime experience in the field, these California and Oregon wines can hold their own next to the big names. The wine industry lacks diversity on every level, but these producers are working to change that.
By supporting Black-owned breweries and wineries in the USA, we will see the industries become increasingly diverse, injecting fresh perspectives and flavors into the scene.