Alisa Bowens-Mercado ‘Keeps the Flavor In’ as Connecticut’s First African-American Female-Owned Brewery

Alisa Bowens-Mercado Founder and Operator of Rhythm Brewing Co.
Alisa Bowens-Mercado, Founder and Operator of Rhythm Brewing Co. Photo Credit: Winter Caplanson

Alisa Bowens-Mercado ‘Keeps the Flavor In’ as Connecticut’s First African-American Female-Owned Brewery

Alisa Bowens-Mercado Founder and Operator of Rhythm Brewing Co.
Alisa Bowens-Mercado, Founder and Operator of Rhythm Brewing Co. Photo Credit: Winter Caplanson
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If you attended Fresh Fest Digi Fest or Oozlefinch’s FML fest, you probably recognize this force of a woman! If you haven’t heard of Alisa Bowens-Mercado, hop in and get familiar.

In 2018, Alisa launched Rhythm Brewing Co., Connecticut’s first African American and African American female-owned brewery and hit the ground running as a one-woman show, retailing her craft at over 100+ locations.

Known for her love of Lager beers, which was heavily influenced by both of her Grandmothers, Alisa stays true to her love of the Lagered-craft with her flagship, Rhythm, a beautifully dark and incredibly smooth unfiltered Lager clocking in at 5.5% abv, showcasing South African hops. It’s a smooth yet flavorful drinker with a slight bite on the finish and gets solid reviews according to Untappd. If you’re looking for something similar but a bit lighter in abv. and calories, turn to Rhythm Blue Unfiltered Light Lager.

To celebrate the global initiative kicked started by Weathered Souls Brewing to raise awareness for the daily injustices people of color face, Rhythm Brewing joined Two Roads Brewing to create their rendition of Black is Beautiful, an Imperial Stout with an abv. of 8.9% which raised 100% of funds for the Stratford Education Foundation: Teaching Tolerance and The Boys and Girls Club of New Haven, CT.

Recently, Alisa switched it up for Black History Month and brewed for the first time, a vanilla Porter named BGM, “Typically known as Black Girl Magic, but it’s Birthday Girl Magic,” Alisa says. Untappd users were pleased, giving an average rating of 3.89!

Just this week, Sam Adams Boston hosted Alisa for a special collaboration brew-day. On deck is a Sparkling Lager featuring South African hops and is due out some time in June. Follow Rhythm Brewing on Instagram and Facebook to keep tabs on that brew and all the great things to come from this awesome African-American Female-owned brewery!

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