Immediately receptive and eager for us to engage, Jackson-Beckham accepted our invitation to visit us at Trillium for a collaborative brew day. Wanting this project to have an immediate, positive influence locally, we reached out to our friends at the Urban Farming Institute, whose values of education, community, and local agriculture align very closely with our own. Founded in 2011, UFI fosters partnerships between urban residents and farmers, with the goal of building a healthier and more locally-based food system. On Monday, January 13th, Dr. J and UFI joined us in Canton to brew Wonderful Complex Individual, a stout with sweet potato, cinnamon, nutmeg, and vanilla.
Wonderful Complex Individual will be released on draft and in 16oz cans at all three Trillium locations on Friday, February 7th. $1.00 from every draft pour and $2.00 from every 4-pack sold will be donated directly to the Urban Farming Institute. Dr. J will be spending the day with our staff, engaging our team in discussions about her work and the importance of diversity and inclusion in craft beer. On Friday evening, we’ll come back together with UFI at Trillium Fort Point for an open public conversation about their individual missions and the programs they are currently working on. We encourage you to join us in this conversation.
We recognize that brewing a beer is not the solution. This project is simply a step on the path to becoming a more diverse company and help influence change across our industry and community. We must continue to address this issue, moving past the surface level, and creating actual, measurable change. There is a place for everyone in our industry. There is no room for racism, bigotry, or any other prejudice or bias. If you have comments or suggestions on this project, or would like to learn more about our internal diversity and inclusion efforts, please reach out to us at: firstname.lastname@example.org.