Talking about diversity, black history in the beer world

Leon Harris (center) talks about being an African American brewer in the craft beer industry. Photo by Jay Burnham

With the craft beer industry eager to attract more African Americans into the brewing business, Jay and I talk with Leon Harris, former head brewer at Heroic Aleworks and currently assistant brewer at Caboose Brewing Co. in Vienna, on the RVA Beer Show, WRIR 97.3 FM, about his experiences as a minority in the beer world. We also talk about black history and the contributions of men such as Peter Hemings in beer lore. And with March just around the corner, it’s time to brew Märzen! Check out the link below if you missed the original broadcast.

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I am a writer. And a musician/songwriter. And a husband/father. I love good beer, the outdoors, the embrace of family, the company of true friends, the telling of a good story and the inner peace derived from quiet reflection in solitude. Recently I have specialized in beer writing. My most recent adventure is "Virginia Beer: A Guide from Colonial Days to Craft's Golden Age" published fall 2018 by University of Virginia Press. In October 2014, "Richmond Beer: A History of Brewing in the River City" was published by History Press. "Charlottesville Beer: Brewing in Jefferson's Shadow," followed in January 2017. Send me an email at As you can see from this site, however, my interests are broader than beer. Spend time, leave a comment or just enjoy. Lee
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