March 2, 2021, by Kathy Czepiel"Everyone on the brewery floor seems happy, even though it’s a slushy winter morning, they’re all bundled in flannel and fleece and the equipment is so loud it’s hard to talk. Rock and roll is blasting in the background, and there are plenty of elbow bumps and smiling eyes above masks as the first run of brewer Alisa Bowens-Mercado’s BGM—that’s Birthday Girl Magic—Vanilla Porter rolls off the conveyor belt. In addition to being the first Black woman brewer in Connecticut, Bowens-Mercado may be the first Black woman to appear on a can of beer. This limited release—advertised as “beautifully dark, incredibly smooth”—celebrates her 50th with a festive purple label depicting the birthday girl herself, her hair flying as she dances in her Rhythm Brewing Company T-shirt. “Est. 1971,” the label reads..." Click HERE to comment and read full article.

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