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Association leverages mentors to boost industry diversity

Online mentorship program gave group vehicle to introduce people from underrepresented populations to jobs in craft brewing

Jackson-BeckhamJackson-Beckham

Sept. 10, 2021
By Walt Williams

There are more than 8,800 craft breweries in the U.S., according to the Brewers Association, but the industry workforce is not particularly diverse. The association is seeking to change that by connecting learners from underrepresented populations to industry professionals.

BA launched an online mentorship program earlier this year with a heavy focus on diversity, equity and inclusion. Thirty individuals were paired with 37 mentors representing a broad range of career possibilities in small breweries, leading to at least two hirings. The association recently ended applications for a second round of mentorships.