Crowns & Hops Brewing Co. Launches Two Limited Edition IPAs Honoring HBCUs and New E-Commerce Platform

Los Angeles, California – Crowns & Hops Brewing Co., the first black-owned craft beer brand in Inglewood, California, will historically honor black colleges and universities with the limited release of two IPAs: the “HBCU” West Coast IPA and the “HBCU” DDH Hazy IPA.

The beer marks a full circle moment for Crowns & Hops Brewing founders Beny Ashburn and Teo Hunter, who joined Spelman and Howard. Additionally, it pays homage to many of the Black Craft Beer entrepreneurs and connoisseurs who are also proud members of the HBCU community. Crowns & Hops Brewing Co. brews the HBCU IPA using the same hops in two styles – the West Coast IPA and the Hazy DDH IPA.

To ensure other HBCU alumni and students have access to this special brew, the company has expanded its sales presence into the DC area, launching a new e-commerce platform Wednesday, 10/1 – Customers can order selected products and have the D2C beer delivered directly to their homes. Shipping is limited to select cities. Both the HBCU beers and the brand’s core beers will be available online.

In other news, Crowns & Hops Brewing Co. recently partnered with The Gathering Spot to offer its members Crowns & Hops beers at all three of their flagship locations in Los Angeles, Atlanta and Washington DC. The brewery also stars in a new series on PBS called “Fresh Glass,” in an episode about Neighborhood Brewing that aired Oct. 6. Stream the show below to watch ahead of its national airing in January. Stay tuned for more news from the first black-owned craft beer brand in Inglewood, CA.

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In 7 years, co-founders Beny Ashburn and Teo Hunter have become the leaders and voices of a craft beer movement bringing much-needed diversity and inclusion to the industry. Ashburn & Hunter has turned the status quo of the craft beer industry on its head and built a brand bigger than beer. Crowns & Hops Brewing Co’s mission is to create spaces and products that are community focused and promote diversity, racial justice, economic growth and inclusion. This creates jobs and new career paths for people of color in and around the beer industry.

In 2020, the brand launched its nonprofit 8 Trill Pils Initiative focused on taking actionable steps to provide capital, resources and opportunities for black-owned craft beer brands. Through the initiative, they raised a $100,000 development fund, which they gave to (5) black-owned craft beer brands in December 2020. Their motto “OWN YOUR CROWN” promotes excellence, cultural ownership and authentic self-expression.

Crowns & Hops Brewing Co. becomes the first black-owned craft beer brand in Inglewood, CA. In the first quarter of 2023, Crowns & Hops Brewing Co. will open its flagship 14,000 square foot restaurant and brewpub, Crowns Inglewood, at Crenshaw Blvd & Manchester Ave. Crowns Inglewood will be a community facility offering a safe, family-friendly place to meet, dine and sip delicious, independent craft beer. Welcome to The New Now of craft beer. #OWYOURCROWN

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