Ten black-owned spirits brands to support

17th June, 2020 by Melita Kiely

There are myriad black-owned brands delivering a vast array of top-quality spirits that would make a fine addition to any at-home bar. In light of recent events, we’ve highlighted 10 brands worth checking out.

Uncle Nearest distillery

The Nearest Green Distillery in Tennessee, US

In the midst of the global Covid-19 pandemic, another pandemic has been rightly highlighted, one that has been a worldwide issue for hundreds of years: systematic racism. The issue of institutional racism was violently brought back into public consciousness following the death of African-American George Floyd, who died in police custody in May.

The anger at yet another black life lost as the result of police brutality has amplified the ‘Black Lives Matter’ movement on a global scale not seen before, and reiterated the need to create an actively anti-racist society.

While we are not in a position to explain first-hand the multiple challenges that have affected the black community for so long, what we can do is provide a global platform to support, elevate and highlight black-owned spirits brands doing brilliant work across the industry.

The list of black-owned spirits brands you will find on the following pages is by no means exhaustive – but a snapshot into some of the top-quality offerings out there.

We intend to continue creating a more diverse selection of articles going forward, and will create additional round-ups of brands and businesses owned by people of colour from here on in.

The Black Bourbon Society said it far better than we could in its open letter to the Bourbon and American whiskey industry: “As protests and demonstrations continue to happen across our world, it is safe to say that this is not just a moment; this is a movement. One that you must be part of.”

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