Barley & Me

Episode 96: Sexism, Racism & Homophobia in the Beer Industry

March 18, 2019

Host Ben Rice discusses the recent lawsuits filed against Sacramento, CA's Track 7 Brewing and Grand Rapids, Michigan's Founders Brewing, as well as the Great Lakes Brewing News "satire" and delves into the sadly-still existent racism, sexism, and homophobia in and around the beer industry. Recently, Barley & Me created a Google Form where parties can submit stories about these issues anonymously. On this episode, he has seven of these stories read by women appearing in the first annual Femme Fest, taking place at the Sacramento Comedy Spot March 29th through the 31st. The saddest part will be how familiar many of these stories sound. Barley & Me is committed to giving voice to these stories, so this Google Form will remain open and anonymous and stories will continue to be shared during "ad breaks" in future episodes. Thank you so much for listening. Enjoy!

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Intro music: "JamRoc" by Breez (@breeztheartist)

Logo by Jessica DiMesio (@alivingclicheart)

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