Black Lives Matter Weathered Souls Brewing Co. in San Antonio did something big in 2020, crafting an imperial stout called Black is Beautiful and launching a collaborative project of the same name to raise support for police brutality reform and legal defenses for those who’ve been wronged because of racism and prejudice. Black is Beautiful came after the killing of George Floyd, a Houston native, under police apprehension in Minneapolis. Breweries across America joined in on the project, brewing their own version of Black is Beautiful while using the same can art. By late summer, nearly every Houston brewery had made its own Black is Beautiful. What Weathered Souls did was call attention to the structural racism that has existed worldwide for centuries. But also, note that Weathered Souls is a Black-owned brewery. There aren’t many Black-owned breweries across America, and there’s only one (in planning) in Houston. One way to change the world for the better is to deliver liberation from boundaries. Here’s hoping the conversation about Black representation and leadership in brewing increases in 2021.

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