North American Guild of Beer Writers Announces 2023 Diversity in Beer Writing Grant Recipients

The North American Guild of Beer Writers has selected seven journalists to receive a Diversity in Beer Writing Grant for 2023. Now in its sixth year, the grant supports stories that showcase diversity and inclusion—in all its forms and challenges—within beer.

The Grant receives support from Crafted For All, a professional development platform that fosters inclusive, equitable, and just spaces and experiences in the craft beverage sector; Craft x EDU, which champions inclusion, equity, and justice in the craft brewing community through education and professional development;, a website published by the Brewers Association; and Allagash Brewing Company. These partnerships will allow the NAGBW to commission its greatest ever number of stories through the Diversity in Beer Writing Grant.

After receiving a strong collection of applications, the grant will fund the work of the following journalists. These pieces will be published at, Crafted for All, or CRAFT x EDU:

Meghna Jaradi

Offering a glass of water is a sign of hospitality, but in brewery taprooms, it’s not just a simple pint of tap water. This piece explores the work and the environmental and social considerations that go into breweries’ non-alcoholic water offerings.

Elizabeth Bera 

This story will focus on how breweries welcome guests from various ethnic communities through game nights, such as hosting loteria, mahjong, dominos, etc. Games become a conduit for cultural exchange among players.

Ian Donley

This is first-person piece from the perspective of a person with autism, mixed with reporting from experts in neurodiversity, that explores how breweries can be a space for testing and practicing social interaction. What makes these brewery spaces unique as “playgrounds” for socializing?

Anaïs Lecoq

This piece explores how women and non-binary people in France are taking matters into their own hands when it comes to festival safety. This piece briefly touches on the problems, but focuses on solutions that are coming from women and non-binary members of the French beer world. 

Jose Abonce

Despite its ownership by a Korean-Polish-American family and the ethnic diversity of its neighborhood, diversity among Marz Brewing staffing and customer base was not always the case and had to be cultivated. This story will examine how giving an employee ownership over her role allowed her to leverage her language skills and cultural understanding in service of engaging the Latinx community.

Supon Peter Dulin

This piece will unpack the economic and business development hurdles Vine Street overcame on its way to becoming Kansas City’s first Black-owned brewery, with a particular focus on economic development and financing hurdles. 

Amanda Thomas 

This case study examines how the Mosaic State Brewers Collective inspires and empowers underrepresented people to build careers in the beer industry, asking whether this three-phase model could serve as a template for other such mentorship programs. 

Previous Stories

Familiarize yourself with past stories to understand the kind of reporting that has come from the Diversity in Beer Writing Grant:

Additional underwriting for the 2022 Diversity in Beer Writing Grant comes from Allagash Brewing Company.

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