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Highly rated Black owned businesses in the alcohol industry

Looking to support Black-owned businesses? We’ve rounded up highly-rated Black-owned businesses in the alcohol industry across North America to support now, and every day. The businesses below are listed in no particular order and range from a wine bar in Rochester, NY to a distillery in Denver, CO making spirits from neighboring produce.

Earlier this year, Yelp launched a searchable attribute that allows businesses to self-identify as Black-owned. The new searchable Black-owned business attribute is free and opt-in only, as the decision to self-identify as Black-owned should rest solely with the business.

Happy Cork (Brooklyn, NY)

Yelp Tip: “a big shout out for easy navigation, great descriptions and other information regarding wines and spirits, as well as selections, and notations for Black-owned wineries and spirit makers.” Yelp Elite Lora R.

Footprint Wine Tap (Seattle, WA)

Yelp Tip: Footprint Wine Tap is Seattle’s first and only sustainable keg wine on tap bar and shop. You can’t go wrong with ordering one of their charcuterie boards.

Derby City Brew Tours (Louisville, KY)

Yelp Tip: “If you want to learn about several breweries at once, I definitely recommend that you dip your toe into the local brew scene by way of DCBB.” -Yelp Elite Emily H.

Dunns River Lounge (Rockville Centre, NY)

Yelp Tip: Don’t leave without pairing your drink with the Jerk chicken or brown stew tofu.

Apogee Wine Bar (Rochester, NY)

Yelp tip: “They have a wonderful wine by the glass list (everything is priced at $10) and an extensive bottle list as well, at a wide range of price points.” – Yelp Elite Megan C.

House of Pure Vin (Detroit, MI)

Yelp tip: “If you are looking for a great place to thoughtfully purchase a bottle of wine, I’d strongly recommend visiting House of Pure Vin.” Yelper Anita V.

Rising Sun Distillery (Denver, CO)

Yelp tip: You can’t get more local than this. Rising Sun uses Colorado produce like Pueblo grown Mira Sol Chiles, Lavender and Peaches from the Western Slope and grains grown in Eastern Colorado. 

Hollow Spirits (Albuquerque, NM)

Yelp tip: “I love a smooth and fresh vodka and they make the best, brewed in house vodka. I ended up buying three bottles (two lavender and one pom rose). They mix really well and are also perfect chilled straight.” – Angela H.

DuNord Craft Spirits (Minneapolis, MN)

Yelp tip: You can find their spirits in liquor stores throughout Minnesota for cocktail crafting at home.

Painted Stave Distilling (Smyrna, DE)

Yelp tip: Check in on Yelp to get 10% off your purchase of any bottle.

18th Street Brewery (Hammond, IN)

Yelp tip: The brewery has received rave reviews not only for their beer but their eats like the pork belly ramen and 18th Street Burger. 18th Street also has a location in Indianapolis.

Alematic Artisan Ales (Dayton, OH)

Yelp tip: “This place is a hidden gem in Huber Heights! If you want to try some great beers with people who know their stuff and are proud of their product, this is the place for you!” – Yelper Amy S.

Métier Brewing Company (Woodinville, WA)

Yelp tip: You can’t go wrong with trying the Coconut Porter or the Grapefruit IPA.

Vanessa House Beer Company (Oklahoma City, OK)

Yelp tip: The to go fridge is always fully stocked so it’s easy to grab your favorite brews to enjoy at home.

Weathered Souls Brewing (San Antonio, TX)

Yelp Tip: Reviews consistently sing the praises of the MALTerial Girl Blonde Ale and Dale Shine Mexican Style Lager. Currently offering curbside service and their taproom is open.

Crue Brew Brewery (Raynham, MA)

Yelp tip: “For those who can’t do the heavy/hoppy stuff, they brew a number of lighter beers that kick with a ton more flavor than your average light draught.” – Yelper Jake M.

Hop River Brewing Company (Fort Wayne, IN)

Yelp tip: “They are all about community, which I love! You can find shelves stacked with board games and they also have a few picnic tables outside on the patio with corn hole boards. They definitely have the atmosphere down!” – Yelper Shelby C.

Green Bench Brewing Company (St.Petersburg, FL)

Yelp tip: Their spacious courtyard features “long family style seating, Adirondack chairs, free water and sunscreen.” – Yelper E

Union Craft Brewing (Baltimore, MD)

Yelp tip: Not sure which pour to pick? Try the Duckpin IPA or the Blackwing Lager.

Speakeasy Ales & Lagers (San Francisco, CA)

Yelp tip: They’re dog and kid friendly and offer a rotating line up of food pop ups!

Davidson Wine Co. (Davidson, NC)

Yelp tip: “Patio seating is beautiful, and the interior of the space is gorgeous as well. Lots of cool lighting and modern, contemporary touches.” – Yelper Molly W.

Housley Napa Valley (Napa, CA)

Yelp tip: Housley is currently offers virtual tastings, experiences and tours.

Abbey Creek Vineyard & Winery (North Plains, OR)

Yelp tip: “Bertony, the owner, also crafted a documentary, Red White and Black, about the first minority-owned vineyards in Oregon.” – Yelper Jandj T.

Frichette Winery (Benton City, WA)

Yelp tip: They’re currently offering curbside pickup or you can RSVP to save a spot on the patio and drink your wine with Red Mountain as the backdrop.

Brown Estate Vineyards (St.Helena, CA)

Yelp tip: “As if the great people weren’t enough, the wine was delicious enough to warrant us getting a subscription – all the way from New Orleans!” -Yelper Lacy D.