GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (NewsNation Now) — Michigan’s first all Black-owned craft brewery will celebrate its launch with the release of a Black IPA beer on Black Friday.
Michigan natives Terry Rostic and Jamaal Ewing started out home-brewing beer, and now they’re the owners of Black Calder Brewing Company. The fledgling business doesn’t yet have a taproom but plans to distribute its releases through collaborations with other Michigan breweries.
“My motto is I want to make dope beer for dope people,” Rostic told NewsNation affiliate WOOD.
Black Calder Black India Pale Ale is the company’s first release, set for Nov. 27. For beer aficionados, it’s dry-hopped with Idaho 7 and Mosaic hops and is 7% ABV (alcohol by volume), with juicy notes of citrus and caramel, available in 16-ounce cans.
“We thought that it would be a good opportunity to bring some inclusion to the Michigan craft beer scene,” said Ewing.
“People are making their beer and giving it to other people and they’re really putting their dreams in a glass, so you know, I have a lot of dreams and ambitions and I just want people to kind of taste my thoughts,” said Rostic.
The duo’s original plan was to launch at the end of 2019, but they’re grateful that the opening was pushed back as the delay ensured they could navigate and survive the pandemic.
“Luckily that didn’t happen because we would probably be closed right now. It’s kind of a blessing in disguise that this happened and kind of delayed us a little bit,” said Ewing.
Although they are opening the first Black-owned brewery in the state, they say they’re definitely not alone and that the help from others in the craft beer industry has been through the roof.
“I kind of teared up as our cans were coming down the line today, you know, the support that we got,” said Rostic.
The owners are currently operating out of Brewery Vivant in Grand Rapids and they hope to officially open a store by the end of 2021. The Black Calder IPA is available at Broad Leaf Local Beer.
NewsNation affiliate WOOD contributed to this article.