By Molly Snyder Senior Writer Published Nov 09, 2022 at 3:41 PM

"Brown, Black & Brews: The Fifth Ingredient," the first brew fest in Wisconsin that focuses on both existing and the lack of representation of Black- and Brown-owned breweries, will debut at the Sugar Maple, 441 E. Lincoln Ave. in Bay View.

The fest will take place Saturday, Dec. 3 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. The cost is $10 and benefits proceed True Skool, a Milwaukee nonprofit that empowers youth through creative arts and hip hop culture.  

Guests will enjoy beers from BIPOC breweries in Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin breweries and, hopefully, think beyond the traditional ingredients of beer — water, yeast, grain and hops — and consider "culture" as a fifth ingredient.

Tarik Moody, Program Director of HYFIN from Radio Milwaukee, is the organizer of the event.

Participating breweries include Illinois-based Brewer’s Kitchen, Funkytown Brewery, Azadi Brewing and Moors Brewing Company; Indiana-based 18th Street Brewery; and Milwaukee’s Soul Brew Kombucha.

The event will also present art and music from True Skool and storytelling sessions from some of the brewers.

For more details about "Brown and Black Beer Fest: The Fifth Ingredient" go to Sugar Maple’s Facebook page.  

Molly Snyder started writing and publishing her work at the age 10, when her community newspaper printed her poem, "The Unicorn.” Since then, she's expanded beyond the subject of mythical creatures and written in many different mediums but, nearest and dearest to her heart, thousands of articles for OnMilwaukee.

Molly is a regular contributor to FOX6 News and numerous radio stations as well as the co-host of "Dandelions: A Podcast For Women.” She's received five Milwaukee Press Club Awards, served as the Pfister Narrator and is the Wisconsin State Fair’s Celebrity Cream Puff Eating Champion of 2019.