Tag: Founders Brewing
I had so far not had much new to add to the controversy surrounding Founders Brewing. Rather, I posted the ongoing story in my Facebook page. But now the issue has come to local establishments choosing to stop carrying their beers. Roots Pizza, part of the Fifty/50 restaurant group, has now re-positioned a Kentucky Breakfast Stout and Canadian Breakfast Stout keg event to a fundraiser for a local charity. The case started last year when Tracy Evans, a former manager at Founders' Detroit tap room, sued the company for racial discrimination. Like most civil cases, this might have dragged on a year or two, leading to a settlement sealed by a non-disclosure agreement. But last week, Detroit's Metro Times published an excerpt from Founders' Detroit general manager Dominic Ryan's deposition, in which he claimed he "didn't know" Evans was black. With Michael Scott-like cluelessness, he went to claim he didn't know whether Barack Obama, Michael Jordan, or former Detroit mayor Kwame Kilpatrick were African-American, because he has “never met them.” This has led to fallout in the form of Founders accounts dropping the brand. Graci Harkema, hired in January as Founders’ diversity and inclusion director in an effort to address the lawsuit, quit and then posted her letter of resignation on Facebook, as reported by Josh Noel. We have already seen videos of people pouring their KBS bottles out on the ground (well, they've already got your money; just drink it). And the Detroit taproom has been closed "indefinitely." On a more positive note, we have events building up to next weekend's Festival of Barrel Aged Beer. And the opening of Pollyanna's latest taproom in St. Charles...
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