The North American Guild of Beer Writers, along with support from CraftBeer.com, a website published by the Brewers Association, has selected four submissions to receive a Diversity in Beer Writing Grant. Additional submissions may be selected for publication later this year.
After receiving a collection of strong entries, the Guild and CraftBeer.com will work with four journalists to tell several stories:
Highlighting brewers who are Latinx and who are not Mexican, and brewers who are Latinx and Mexican who are entering spaces that are not necessarily dominated by other Mexican-Americans. The story will also include personal narratives of what it means to be Latinx in the food and beverage space.
A profile of the SoCal Cerveceros homebrew club, “a group of gung-ho homebrewers” that started with seven members and blossomed into a mosaic of more than 150 people.
An exploration of what it means to be a woman or underrepresented person in the beer industry, finding success, and where it connects with potential to deal with imposter syndrome, a psychological phenomenon that makes you doubt skills, abilities, and inherent worth, no matter how much is already achieved.
Addressing what it means to be a person with behavioral health challenges working in the beer industry. The story will incorporate Amy’s personal story with the experiences of others to address the journey, challenges, and positive efforts and inclusivity of the beer community.
As winners of the grant, all four will receive a cash stipend for completed work. The final stories will be published on CraftBeer.com.
The goal of NAGBW’s Diversity in Beer Writing Grant is to highlight the value of stories that can showcase diversity and inclusion – in all its forms and challenges – within beer. Additional underwriting for the 2021 Diversity in Beer Writing Grant comes from Allagash Brewing Company.