Cofounders, Crowns & Hops Brewing, Inglewood, CA
A Deeper Purpose via Beer
Beer needs to be more than just a liquid in a glass, and at Crowns & Hops, Beny Ashburn and Teo Hunter have been working to create community and awareness through content, events and products that bring together the culture of craft beer and communities of color. With a taproom soon to open in Inglewood, the cofounders of the brand will have a permanent home for their nonprofit, The 8 Trill Pils Initiative, that has already directed more than $100,000 to Black entrepreneurs in and around the craft beer industry.
“I don’t see Crowns & Hops as a job, it’s a calling,” says Hunter. “I now have the opportunity to work in my core strength, which is advocating for change, connecting with my community and sharing world-class beer with those who never had access to it.”