Kenary’s Mass. Bay Brewing Co., the parent of Harpoon Brewery, won a grant from the Brewers Association — a national trade group — to host the Hop Forward Career Fair Tuesday to attract women, minorities, and LGBTQ people to craft brewing. Mass. Bay also partnered with the Career Collaborative, the City of Boston’s diversity office, and the Massachusetts Brewers Guild to put on the event. Other local brewers who participated in the job fair included Boston Beer, Dorchester Brewing, Lord Hobo, Night Shift, Trillium, Turtle Swamp, and Wormtown. To their credit, craft brewers realize how monochromatic the industry is and have launched diversity and inclusion programs such as the job fair to change the makeup of the workforce. Through the Brewers Association, they’ve also started to collect diversity data about the industry and are sharing the results. The first such survey, published in August on its website and on CraftBeer.com, showed that about 88 percent of the people who own craft breweries are white; 3.7 percent are American Indian or Alaska native; 1.9 percent are Asian, 2.4 percent are Hispanic, and 1 percent are black. Only 7.5 percent of the breweries reported having a woman who actually did brewing. Among… Read full this story
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