O’Keefe said he called Green after watching news coverage of protesters destroying businesses.
“I’m a business owner and I was like ‘How is this okay?’” O’Keefe recalled. “We had a long conversation… That was really kind of eye-opening. We were like ‘We’ve got to do something. We can make a difference, at least in our own community.’”
The Atlanta Podcast hosts, which include Green, Christian Andrews and Justin Wilson will carry on the first conversation, which is expected to be unfiltered.
“We cover a lot of issues that we find very important,” Andrews said. “We’re looking forward to talking about struggles in the Black community. But even though there are doors that are closed to us, (Black Americans) are powerful, and we want to talk about that too.”
Each episode will introduce a new beer flavor inspired by a local business owner with a label designed by a local artist. Ten percent of the proceeds will go to an organization that supports social justice, Pontoon marketing manager Shannon Riley said. The first beer to be introduced was brainstormed by The Atlanta Podcast hosts: An as-yet unnamed fruity tea sour flavor balanced with lemon and peach cream, said co-host Andrews.
The first “Brewing Conversations” takes place at Pontoon at 7 p.m. July 17. The show can be seen live on Pontoon Brewing’s Facebook page and will remain available. In the days after recording, episodes will become available on The Atlanta Podcast show on Apple Podcasts, Spotify and other podcast platforms.