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Union Craft Brewing hosts "Melanin Market" showcasing black owned businesses

Posted at 8:08 PM, Feb 24, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-25 08:28:07-05

BALTIMORE — Union Craft Brewing in Baltimore celebrated Black History Month by sharing their large warehouse space with the community, exposing patrons to new patrons and businesses.

The brewery hosted a "Melanin Market” – a one day pop-up featuring black artists, artisans, and vendors.

Some of the folks who put the pop up together say they want to see more minorities in the beer and bar scene. One vendor we spoke to says after coming from the midwest. She expected to see a little bit of everybody.

“The brewery scene out there, it's the same thing,” said Morgan Depena, the organizer of the temporary marketplace. “There's a lot of just the same people coming in, so once I moved here I kind of expected to see a little more diversity in the brewery being that we're in Baltimore, and on average, we don't. So this was great way for us to bring people in.”

The organizers say they were thrilled to see new faces in the brewery and tap room. Now they hope to do more events like this for everyone to not only get a new experience, but for the brewery to have one as well.