Why Aren’t Latinos Home Brewing Beer?

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Ever since I started home brewing I have come to slowly realize that when I visit homebrew shops, different homebrew clubs and homebrewing events, that I’m usually the only guy with increased levels of melanin aka the token Hispanic guy.

See the homebrewing community is mostly dominated by white American males, this is no surprise, but along with that comes a subculture I can’t relate to. I can’t have those conversations about ice hockey or lacrosse and I really don’t care about your post workout routine or Ricky Carmichael and I definitely don’t want to Top Gun High Five you. I can however carry my own on NPR and Sperry’s, so there’s that :)

I’m not faulting the community for this lack of diversity and really pointing the finger inward to my fellow Latinos and challenging you to pick up a homebrew kit. Get on Youtube! Check out our Homebrewing section! JUST START! Homebrewing is a challenging and really rewarding hobby and could potentially one day turn into a career not to mention provide you with bottles and bottles of delicious home brew beer.

NPR posted a piece on the lack of diversity in home brewing a few years ago and honestly nothing seems to have changed since and I don’t see an increased level of Latinos home brewing beer. I live on the east coast and I’m sure there are Hispanic homebrewers out here I just haven’t seen any in the wild. If you are in the North Jersey/NYC area y tienes ganas de elaborar cerveza en casa comment below and reach out to me.

I have a passion for homebrewing and being “the Spanish guy” is not going to dissuade me from brewing but I do feel left out of the collective, out of the communal aspect of homebrewing. That can change though and you can help me do it. Together we can create a community of Latinos home brewing beer and create our own space. Comment below and let me know your thoughts!

About Irving

I'm just a guy who has a passion for good beer. Over the past few years I've been making it a point to introduce my friends to good quality beer and now, all of you. There's a world beyond cold activated cans, clydesdales, green bottles and Mexican clear bottled beer, you just need to tap that keg. Stay thirsty but stay different.

Comments

  1. Raising my hand…I’m a Latino home brewer too!

    The hobby has really deepened my appreciation for the art of brewing. It’s, yet again, one of those things that not many of my fellow Latinos are actively pursuing.

    I’d love to start a Latino homebrewers collective to talk shop, share recipes, and potentially figure out how to brew as a group. Hey, maybe it can grow into something bigger?

    I’m brewing a Black Rye IPA on 8/21.

    Cheers,

    Chris

    • Thanks Chris for dropping a comment and for being one of the few. I wrote the article today about Latinos in Craft beer but Latinos in homebrew is even smaller. This is the reason I have yet to fully commit to a homebrew club because I feel like I don’t belong. ehhh hey man if you want to talk homebrew let’s get that started man. I’ll email you now. Cheers!

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