Originally published in The Equity Star monthly newsletter for our August edition. Sign up for our email list to get more stories, recipes, new announcements, and other fun things sent straight to your inbox!
Many of you know that my mom, Suzette, is not only the lead brewer at Equity, but is also a professor of international studies at OU. She has been an academic for more than 25 years, and has lived, studied, and worked on college campuses for nearly 40 years. It's no surprise then that her interest in brewing beer and cultivating a brewery space would spark an interest in conducting academic research about craft breweries, space-creation, community development, and collaboration. Her book
project, Brewing Up Change, examines the ways in which European pub and biergarden cultures have influenced the craft brewery boom in the United States and around the world; how craft breweries connect to and create community; how making space in the modern craft brewing industry has been challenging for women, people of color, people of few means, members of the 2SLGBTQ+ community, and people with disabilities; and how and why it is possible and necessary to brew up change in society one beer at a time. Mom is in the early stages of her research, but is learning many interesting things and is looking forward to sharing her findings with all of you as the project continues. If you have any questions about, suggestions for, or would like to discuss her research in any way, please reach out at firstname.lastname@example.org -- and stay tuned for special looks into the project every month right here at the Equity Star!