Montclair Brewery Releases Black History Month Craft Beer Series

Leo Sawadogo, co-owner, Montclair Brewery

In honor of Black History Month, the Montclair Brewery will release several new and returning craft beer styles in their tap room at 101 Walnut Street in Montclair. The line up includes beer flavors and styles that are connected to the African diaspora. The beer styles, available only in their tap room, will be released throughout the month of February.

“We are extremely excited to connect our culture to that of craft beer,” say co-owner, Denise Ford Sawadogo.

The Black History Month series include styles such as The Motherland, which is a gluten-free beer made from sorghum.

“The traditional African beer is made from sorghum and my country, Burkina Faso, is known for making the best dolo, which is what it is called there,” says co-owner, Leo Sawadogo. The Baobomb Sour, made from the fruit of the African Baobab tree, also known as the “tree of life” will also return in February. The Kingston Porter, a dark, roasty porter, named after the bustling capital of Jamaica is also a part of the diverse series.

One new style to make its first appearance during Black History Month includes, a yet to be named Pecan Pie Stout. The pecan is the only tree nut native to North America and a former African American slave from Louisiana, named Antoine, successfully grafted a superior wild pecan to seedlings in 1876, and gave birth to the technique widely used to grow pecan orchards. And the favorite dessert of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is reported to have been pecan pie, says Ford Sawadgo.

“Last February we had just started construction on the building, but even then we were thinking of ways to celebrate this national holiday at the brewery,” says Ford Sawadogo. There will be a few surprise brews as well as non-alcoholic drinks including a ginger beer, popular in both the West Indies and Africa, to further make the connection of the African diaspora with Montclair Brewery during Black History Month.

Throughout the month, Montclair Brewery’s taproom will offer activities such as Black History Month trivia and live musical acts such as Cuban/Latin band, The Rumberos on Friday, Feb. 15th. Its tap list and events are updated regularly on its website, , Facebook and Instagram, @MontcairBrew, and UnTappd social media pages. Montclair Brewery also welcomes the community’s ideas on other ways to honor the month-long holiday.

Montclair Brewery, 101 Walnut Street, Montclair.

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  1. In the Montclair born Black History cookbook, Spoonbread and Strawberry Wine, by the Darden Sisters, there are several natural beer recipes, like pine needle beer and herbal beers….

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