Harris Family Brewery on why they are the 1st black brewery in PA

Harris Family Brewery on why they are the 1st black brewery in PA


Historically, it’s just a white thing. Like traditional, bearded, flanneled shirt men. There’s not a lot of women in the business. There are a few female brewers Not zero — just a few. But the main culture is American white males. Historically, it’s just been easier to go somewhere, and just pick up beer and drink it. There’s an upfront cost and there’s also a process and an amount of time that you have to wait until you can consume your product. And then at the other end of that … at the end of your upfront cost and your time, you may still end up with something that’s terrible and you have to try again anyway. So I think it’s just easier like, in our neighborhood, nobody got no money to waste like that. [laughs] The Budweisers and those type of people, they make so much beer that they’re able to knock down their price to the under-$2 range. You put a beer under $2 — that’s it. And that that has drove our community for a while. I think the Renaissance is happening for beer in the urban community. I think that people are — and as far as a real answer as to why it’s taken so long I don’t know. I really don’t know.

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