Funkytown Brewery, a Black-owned brewery in Chicago, has been named the winner of the 12th annual Samuel Adams Brewing & Business Experienceship. The program provides mentorship and access to capital to food and beverage entrepreneurs nationwide.
Funkytown Brewery was founded by childhood friends Rich Bloomfield, Zack Day, and Greg Williams. The brewery’s mission is to introduce craft beer to underserved communities and provide a deeper understanding of different beer styles, tasting notes, aromas, and colors.
As part of the Experienceship, Funkytown Brewery will receive unparalleled access to brewing and business resources from experts at Samuel Adams, including founder and brewer Jim Koch. The brewery will also travel to the Great American Beer Festival to shadow and experience alongside Samuel Adams.
“We are so proud to announce Funkytown Brewery as our latest Experienceship winner,” said Jim Koch, Founder and Brewer of Samuel Adams. “Not only was their signature ‘Hip-Hops and R&Brew’ a standout among voters at the Crafting Dreams Beer Bash, but their mission of expanding the craft beer community to underserved groups really resonated with us.”
“Winning Brewing the American Dream’s Brewing & Business Experienceship feels amazing at this stage of our business as we are taking the next steps to expand operations and increase awareness of our brand,” said Rich Bloomfield, Funkytown Co-Founder. “We’ve been around since October 2021, so working directly with Sam Adams provides validation, exposure, and mentorship that will help us successfully transition Funkytown to the next level.”
In the months ahead, Funkytown Brewery will join Samuel Adams in Denver for the Great American Beer Festival and in Boston to craft a special collaboration brew. Details on release date and availability in respective taprooms within Boston and Chicago will follow.
For more information on Brewing the American Dream, visit www.brewingtheamericandream.com.