NYSBA believes in the inclusion of all people; regardless of race, gender, sex, sexuality, economic class, disabilities, nation of origin, age, faith, or identity. It is our responsibility and resolve to create an environment in which all peoples feel welcome to participate to the greatest extent possible.
The NYSBA fosters a New York State craft beer community free of personal judgment and whereby everyone associated with the industry feels respected as an individual.
The NYSBA practices inclusivity for all peoples by refraining from and encouraging its members to refrain from, using images or language that could be perceived as disrespectful to any individual. The NYSBA also actively seeks to authentically engage members of various groups believing that the future strength of the New York State craft beer community is predicated on embracing the diversity of individuals.
Founded in 2019, the Inclusivity Committee was formed to support the NYSBA in actualizing their inclusivity efforts by bringing information to the table about actions that members are taking, actions from other states, or even other fields that could apply to the NYSBA, and raising questions about how things are done.
The committee is comprised of 8-10 members of the NYS craft beer community of various backgrounds and capacities. They meet regularly to set goals, share resources, and discuss how to help the NYSBA uphold its mission of inclusion. If you’d like more information about how you can get involved, please email Dawn Schulz at firstname.lastname@example.org
The path to promoting diversity and inclusivity within the New York State Brewers Association is not a clear-cut or straightforward one. A lot of us devote our professional lives to craft beer because of how open and welcoming the community is. It truly is a great unifier. So we understand how it can be hard to hear criticisms that there are practices within the community that are harmful or not accommodating to certain groups. That doesn’t mean that people in the industry are bad people, but rather that we can all stand to reflect on our actions. It may feel like it’s not up to you to “fix” these problems, or that these issues don’t have a place in craft beer. It may feel easier to leave it to the experts. After all, you have a business to run. But we believe that we can all do small things to be good neighbors and community members. Those small things add up to create a more resilient business for you, and a better environment for us all.
We choose to view this mission as an opportunity for giving people hope and we invite you to come along with us as we build on that.
Michael Jackson Foundation
The core mission of the Michael James Jackson Foundation for Brewing and Distilling is to advance technical education and facilitate career opportunities for people of color within these industries in the US. Over $165,000 has been raised to fund scholarship awards to Black, Indigenous, and People of Color within the brewing and distilling trades. In the addition to 504 NYS breweries, the NYSBA has contributed $2,500 to the foundation & encourages anyone who is able to make a donation.
Breathing : Conversations by Finback
Lead by NYC based brewery, Finback, The Breathing: Conversations Project encourages breweries to “have a conversation about race and record the sentiments on a beer label.” Finback then asks participants to donate a portion or all of the proceeds from the beer to a foundation that furthers the mission of racial justice and equality for people of color.
Beginning in 2018 NYC based Threes Brewing led grassroots efforts inviting fellow brewers around the country to all launch their own version of a beer called People Power and donate 10% of sales of that beer to the American Civil Liberties Union. After reaching out to a wide swath of breweries around the country, 75+ breweries representing over 25 states signed on, including many high profile names in craft beer.
Open Waters Internship Program
Sloop is committed to equipping their Open Waters trainees with technical knowledge, valuable connections, & the expertise to empower them as future industry professionals. They hope to dismantle barriers in the craft beverage industry, & pave the way for positive change in the world of brewing & craft beer by creating a more inclusive, welcoming industry.
The training program is open to anyone over 21, with no prior experience or brewing knowledge required. Trainees must commit to at least 20 paid hours a week over a three month period, & applications are being accepted now for Q3 beginning in July 2022. Applications are collected year round & applied to the applicant pool of the closest upcoming quarter for consideration.
Do you have a story about diversity in craft beer in your community? Are you hosting an event, or want to share a resource that is helping to foster a more inclusive craft beer environment? Please click the link below, we’d would love to hear from you to add to our best practices and resources.