Black, Veteran and Female owned Crowns & Hops, founded in 2018 in Inglewood, CA by Beny Ashburn CEO and Teo Hunter COO and Head of Beer Operations, has produced some of the best liquid out there (dubbed Hop Culture’s best new brewery of 2020) all the while being the leading voice in the brewing industry demanding diversity, inclusion and racial equity. It all began with the hashtags #blackpeoplelovebeer and #brownpeoplelovebeer – which populated black and brown voices around the globe, creating better representation within the craft beer market.
“The beer industry generates roughly $116 billion per year with approximately $22 billion of those sales specific to independent craft beer. The Brewers Association has identified that multicultural consumers represent $8.3 billion of the premium craft market. Yet, less than 1% of craft beer brands are owned by Black producers, and half of these brands lack their own taprooms or brewing facilities.” – Crowns & Hops Brewing Co.
Crowns & Hops brews a range of styles, upholding their core value of Expanding the Palate; to create brews as diverse as the company behind it all to welcome newcomers and satisfy the O.G’s who have been around since their inception. You can find an assortment of lagers, fruited sours, stouts (for fans of coconut stouts, their Island Anomaly is absolute fire) as well as West Coast and New England style IPA’s up and down California, Oregon, Nevada, New York and Georgia.
Currently they are contract brewing, but due to high demand, realize it was time to secure their own spot, which they have recently accomplished, days shy of announcing their OWN CROWNS campaign, which, so far, has secured over $350k.
Choosing to establish their space in Inglewood, just a few short miles from the new Rams/Chargers stadium, co-founders Beny and Teo believed this will allow the community to invest in the city’s development while supporting Black-owned businesses in the region, not to mention Veteran (Teo) and Female (Beny) owned too!
Beny states, “Our brand started with the community, now we want to offer the community an opportunity to own a part of Crowns in the City of Champions and wherever we expand.” Teo adds, “We have always celebrated the mission of community and ownership in the craft beer industry. We’re excited to bring these concepts of investment and equity to a region that has been starved of resources for generations.”
Thanks to the Jobs Act of 2012, passed by the Obama Administration, Americans, of any financial capacity, are given the ability to invest in a start-up company, attempting to eliminate only the wealthy and well connected of doing so.
Interested parties can refer HERE to Crowns & Hops Start Engine campaign platform, where all information necessary to make the investment is available.
Thanks to the tireless work of Beny, Teo and the rest of the Crowns & Hops crew, as well as the primitive investors known as the O.G. Founders Crew, the face of craft beer will changed forever. The time is now! Follow the progress of Crowns & Hops funding and build-out on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.