With everything happening in the country this year it is no surprise that discussions on inclusion, opportunity, diversity and social justice are taking place across many industries and platforms. I know these discussions are happening in biotech and pharma, an industry where I work as my “real job”, and another place where certain minority groups are woefully underrepresented. This is a significant problem in craft beer too, where owners, brewers and other management positions are overwhelmingly held by white males. The breweries that really care about diversity realize that a couple social media posts or an occasional beer brewed to benefit a charity aren’t enough to make a lasting impact. The discussion on this topic seems to be leading to some positive change, with multiple organizations springing up to help promote diversity in craft beer. One of them is Crafted For All, started by Brewer’s Association Diversity Ambassador Dr. J. Nikol Jackson-Beckham that offers a variety of diversity and inclusion training programs with bench-marked goals to member breweries. A number of local breweries have joined, including Aeronaut Brewing in Somerville. Again, there is still a lot of work to do across the industry, but making a commitment like this is a solid step in the right direction, and breweries who are willing to take it are breweries I am happy to support. With that in mind I recently grabbed some Tiny Moons, a rye pale ale from Aeronaut that is available on a rotating basis on draft and in 16 oz cans.
Aeronaut Tiny Moons pours clear deep orange with a solid off-white head. The aroma features some floral hops and rye. The hops lead the flavor, notes of grapefruit, grass, herbs and orange along with a little bitter bite. This is balanced by a full malt body, spicy rye, bread crust and cereal. Tiny Moons is medium bodied and easy drinking, not too boozy at 5.5% ABV. The finish is crisp with some lingering hop flavor. This is kind of old school but in a very good way, I really like the combination of hops and rye malt here. Hoppy Boston score: 4.5/5.
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