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This unique book carves a much-needed critical and interdisciplinary path to examine and understand the racial dynamics in the craft beer industry and the popular consumption of beer.
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Industry representation We have seen that exposure to beer, access to jobs in the beer and restaurant industries, access to a craft beer scene, and homebrewing, all undergirded by the fundamental power of social networks, are the most common pathways to becoming a brewer and a consumer. These social structures are classed, gendered, and raced, leading to a fundamental lack of diversity. We want to look more closely at how the lack of diversity and representation in the industry has led to the systematic exclusion of black people from beer consumption. One
This chapter evaluates the ways in which craft beer has reshaped spaces, places, and cultures in the image of white people, whiteness, and white supremacy. Craft beer spaces and places are typically located in gentrified areas, which have become signifiers of gentrification and middle-class consumption. The chapter then argues that craft breweries socially and culturally construct authentic identities that reflect middle-class values. It also explores the ways in which gentrification and craft beer are entangled, and the processes whereby such beer gentrification leads to the creation of 'white spaces.' Using interview data, the chapter examines how these spaces discourage and exclude black people and other minorities from participating in craft beer cultures, and therefore its consumption.
This chapter stretches from the 1920s to the 1960s, during which time the public profile of the ‘drink problem’ was relatively low and traditional constraints on lifestyle and pleasure began to be challenged. As evangelicalism declined and welfarist forms of government expanded, public alarm about drinking lessened somewhat and beer consumption even became seen aspartly positive during World War Two. So was this an age of permissiveness? This chapter explains that, despite these changes shifts in the contours of the ‘drink problem’, phenomena such as youth drinking and drink-driving were heavily censured in law and public discourse. So, efforts to morally regulate drinking were not abandoned during this period but revised.
capital. Like other white spaces, breweries discourage black consumption of craft beer and discourage black participation in craft beer culture. Throughout this book, we have demonstrated the importance of exposure to, access to, and knowledge about craft beer. Indeed, our interview respondents also contend that exposure to craft beer is one of the largest barriers in preventing and excluding black people from craft beer consumption. As the Brewers Association reported in their annual address, the craft beer industry has a diversity problem. In the following sections
) and brewpubs (34.8 per cent) (Brewers Association, 2019a ). The beer produced by the almost 8,000 total US breweries is distributing to a broader spectrum of outlets than ever before (NBWA, 2019a ). Ultimately, the consumption of beer and craft beer is at an all-time high, capturing some 49 per cent of alcohol consumption, with the proportion of craft beer consumption growing the fastest within total beer consumption (BI, 2019 ). Craft beer has centrally established itself within the US brewing landscape within a fairly short period of time and is becoming an