Inglewood’s future Black-owned brewery Crowns & Hops launched a $100,000 brewery development fund last week called the 8 Trill Pils Initiative, which is designed to support Black brewers in the craft beer movement. It includes far more than just cash, with the helping hand of research, support, and backing from the UK-based brewery, BrewDog to help budding breweries.
The 8 Trills Pils Initiative goal is to help establish more Black-owned breweries and taprooms, and close the the color gap between craft beer professionals of color. According to Crowns & Hops owners Teo Hunter and Beny Ashburn, there are only 60 Black-owned craft breweries out of more than 8,000 craft breweries in the country.
The partners launched an IndieGoGo in March 2019 to raise money for the future site of Crowns & Hops. Five years prior, Hunter and Ashburn founded a local group to make craft beer more accessible to people of color by hosting beer tastings, with hip hop DJs in unconventional beer spaces like barbershops and beauty salons, as well as local breweries. The partners also produced the hashtags #BlackPeopleLoveBeer & #BrownPeopleLoveBeer.
In other news:
—Southern California Gas Co.’s Restaurant Recovery Program awarded $1,000 to $5,000 grants to a handful of Black-owned restaurants in Los Angeles including Watts Coffee House, Hot & Cool Cafe, Post & Beam, and Pip’s on La Brea. The money can be used towards payroll assistance, personal protective gear, and upgrades for energy efficiency.
—The Los Angeles Times outlined LA’s rush to open, with particular emphasis on government officials communication, or lack of, with restaurants.
—Highland Park’s Monte 52 has closed. A glance at Monte 52’s Instagram feed over the last few months reveals that the popular food counter has, characterized in one post, “hanging on by a sad thread.” The restaurant opened nearly eight years ago in back of La Tropicana Market on the corner of Avenue 52 and Monte Vista.
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Time to say good bye. It was an amazing 7 and 1/2 years serving you. Tomorrow will be our last day. It’s been extremely significant to me. I’ve been through an engagement, a wedding, a house, a baby, and a love of growing my first baby, Monte 52. I’ve made a lot of good friends and hired a lot of great, amazing folks who really care. How refreshing it is to see. Closing her down now feels like losing a loved one. Monte 52 is a part of me and always will be.