In the early months of the pandemic, Marcus Baskerville was working as the head brewer at Weathered Souls Brewing Company, the brewery he co-founded in San Antonio, when a police officer five states away murdered George Floyd. Marcus, who would go on to become a founding member of the National Black Brewers Association, had an idea to galvanize the industry and raise money for police brutality reform. What emerged was Black Is Beautiful, an initiative that, to date, has raised over $6 million for organizations that support diversity, equity, inclusion, and social reform.

Today on “Taplines,” Dave Infante is joined by Marcus Bakersville to discuss Black Is Beautiful, a stout recipe that would eventually be brewed by more than 1,600 breweries across the United States and in 22 countries around the world. The beer raised millions of dollars for charity and provided a blueprint for cause beers to come. This is its story — and Marcus’s story, too. Tune in for more.

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