Reuters takes us on an in-depth look into the world of Celeste Beatty—one of the first African-American woman brewers in the United States—and how she has dedicated her career to crafting beers that help her reconnect with her roots.
The beers at Harlem Brewing Company are crafted in a proud tradition of brewing, deeply embedded in the African continent. Celeste discovered her own passion and inspiration when traveling through Zimbabwe and other countries around the continent—where she found that women were often the people who kept these traditions alive.
She goes on to share that she thinks, “the barriers [Harlem Brewing Company has] had are because of the perception of what a brewer is. It’s a man. With a beard. And typically a white guy. Not someone who looks like me.”
But Celeste’s brews speak for themselves, and have gained enough of a following to make opening a second location—Harlem Brew South in her home state of North Carolina—a reality. You can find her craft beers in restaurants, bars and even Whole Foods.
Learn all about her, the challenges she’s faced and her inspiring rise to becoming the influential brewer she is today.