Monday Night Brewing co-owner Joel Iverson tests out different yeasts while helping to produce a batch of Drafty Kilt Scotch Ale at the company’s warehouse in Atlanta. Iverson said a provision in the U.S. Senate GOP’s tax proposal could save his company roughly $60,000 a year. PHIL SKINNER / PSKINNER@AJC.COM
“And so there’s this responsibility, that I think we took too lightly, to honor that, and to dig a little deeper. We put out the statement, and that does reflect our thoughts and our hearts. And now, we’re trying to go back and be a little more thoughtful about how we tackle the specific kinds of issues and policies that we outlined.”
Asked why the core beliefs statement didn’t elaborate on more specific issues to begin with, Baker said that wasn’t its purpose.
“It wasn’t very concrete, and that’s because we didn’t want to just make up a bunch of stuff,” he said. “We realized we need to have a lot more conversations, not primarily internally, but externally with people in the community where these issues matter.
“So we’re having meetings now, one-on-one to start, and then in more group settings, to put together a strategy around Monday Night’s role in social and political issues. But it’s a process, and we’re hoping to nail something down this year to roll out next year.”
After listening to Baker, and reading more social media threads and news reports, my take on the Monday Night Kemp controversy is that the craft beer community reflects our society in general right now.
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