The Cast

Alisa Bowens-Mercado

Alisa Bowens-Mercado is the owner and brew-master of Rhythm Brewing Company in New Haven, Connecticut. She is the first Black beer brand owner, female or male, from her state. Alisa is also a professional Latin-American dancer and instructor, and for the past twenty years, has owned and operated her own dance studio, Alisa’s House of Salsa.​

Huston Lett

Huston Lett is the co-owner and head brewer of Bastet Brewing, one of the few Black-owned breweries in the state of Florida and the newest addition to Tampa Bay’s craft beer scene. Before starting his brewing journey, he was an aspiring artist and earned a college degree in graphic design and worked as a professional designer for over twenty years.

Jon Renthrope

Jon Renthrope is the CEO and brewmaster of Cajun Fire Brewing Company in New Orleans, Louisiana. Established in 2011, Cajun Fire is the first Black-owned brewery in the American South. As a cultural ambassador, Jon is an integral part of the New Orleans small business community. He is working toward opening a new brewing facility and cultural hub in Eastern New Orleans, an area largely abandoned after Hurricane Katrina.

Additional Cast

corey hinton
Soul Brothers Brewing Co.
ale sharpton
Craft beer authority/
Latiesha Cook
President/CEO, Beer Kulture
J. Jackson-Beckham
Founder/ Executive Director, Craft x EDU
sean nordquist
Executive Director, Florida Brewers Guild
teri fahrendorf
Founder, Pink Boots Society
day bracey
Co-Host, Drinking Partners
Ed bailey
Co-Host, Drinking Partners
Mike Potter
Founder/CEO, Black Brew Culture
celeste beatty
Founder/Brewer, Harlem Brewing Co.
garrett oliver
Brewmaster, Brooklyn Brewery
chris harris
Owner/Brewer, Black Frog Brewery
khris johnson
Co-Owner/Head Brewer, Green Bench Brewing Co. 
Leo Sawadogo
Co-Owner/Brewer, Montclair Brewery
tom ross
Co-Owner, Bastet Brewing
Shannon Harris
Owner/Brewer, Urban Jungle Brewing
Shaun P. Harris Sr.
Owner/Brewmaster, Harris Family Brewery
Mengistu Koilor
Owner/Brewer, Two Locals Brewing Co.
Kevin Walter
Co-Founder, Love City Brewing
Isaiah Smith
Co-Founder, Leaders of the Brew School
Kevin Irvin
Co-Founder, Leaders of the Brew School