In case you’ve been living under a rock, Brienne Allan, a brewer at Notch Brewing, ignited a #metoo movement in the craft beer industry by asking the simple question to her Instagram followers, “Have you ever experienced sexism in the beer industry?”
Within hours, shockwaves were sent throughout the industry, with multiple, serious allegations of sexism, racism, discrimination, and sexual assault. Not taken lightly, many breweries who were named repeatedly made changes like terminating alleged abusers, forcing people to step down from their roles, and in contrast, some breweries still refuse to acknowledge the allegations brought forth by multiple individuals. To learn more about the initial story, click here.
Brienne Allan teamed up with Women of the Bevolution, Beer Diversity, Jen Blair, SoCal Ceveceros Homebrew Club, #NotMe App, HRUprise and the fine folks at The Good Hop to present Brave Noise, a global collaboration brew to advocate for a safe and discrimination-free beer industry.
To be a part of Brave Noise, breweries must first fill out a form that requires the brewery to submit their own code of conduct, which must be posted publicly as well as resources for their own staff and customers on their website, QR code, and/or signage at their brick and mortar. The participating brewery must also donate 100% of proceeds to a non-profit organization who focuses on providing resources and trainings for sexual harassment, discrimination, mental health, legal aide, or any other facets of inclusive and safe environments for workers and customers. Refer to the website for Brave Noise‘s recommendation of organizations to support.
Homebrewers are encouraged to participate as well. Via the Brave Noise website, SoCal Cerveceros Homebrewers Club and Jen Blair (@underthejenfluence on Instagram) came together to create a recipe exclusively for homebrewers.
As a female, I am SO grateful for this kind of accountability. A sincere thank you to everyone who made this project possible.