Asheville, N.C.’s first black, queer-owned brewery blames ‘white supremacy’ for shutdown

Asheville, N.C.’s first black, queer-owned brewery blames ‘white supremacy’ for shutdown

[Ed. – The loan officer was white, ergo a racist.]

A self-described black, queer woman-owned brewery in the Asheville area claims “white supremacy” forced it to shut down.

Black Star Line Brewing Co. of Hendersonville says it is the first black-, family- and woman-owned brewery in Asheville’s “Beer City USA” orbit. While women have increased their presence in the craft beer world, critics say the industry remains overwhelmingly white.

The brewery announced on Facebook last week that it would no longer operate at its downtown Hendersonville location. On Monday, a second post said the “community space that centered healing and liberation for all people” had been shut down when “white loan officers called the police.”

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“White supremacy shut us down,” company founder L.A. McCrae told the food-focused website Munchies. “Our world has been rocked.”

The brewery had received racist, threatening emails in November, Ashville’s WLOS  reported, and says it had suffered multiple breakins. McCrae told Munchies the brewery was underfunded when it launched six months ago because a lender would loan it only $50,000. She said company officials were unable to contact the lender despite numerous attempts before the brewery was evicted.

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