Black Spirits: The Guide to Black Owned Spirit Brands
When the world erupted in protests for George Floyd, I knew that as a Black woman, business owner and a master bartender I had an obligation to educate and support my people more than ever.
I took a break from social media to process and strategize.
The outcome was to focus on building up my community and continue to educate myself and others. As part of my renewed business plan, I decided to start supplying, aggressively supporting, and spreading my knowledge of smaller Black spirit brands.
This guide features Black owned vodka, whiskey, bourbon, rum, tequila and gin brands with links to their websites.
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Below is a list of Black Owned Spirits sold in the US.
Black-owned Vodka brands
Founder and Brooklyn native Vanessa Braxton is the first African-American woman owner and operator of a nationally distributed vodka in the United States.
Founded by Chanel Turner in 2009, she became the youngest woman and the first African American woman to own and operate a vodka brand.
Created by a married couple in Atlanta, this vodka contains hand-squeezed organic lemons and derives its name from affectionately being called by friends and family the “bomb lemonade”.
Founded in 2016, St Royale vodka's mission is to "educate consumers on healthier consumption by connecting real people with real ingredients".
Created by DC native Kevin Larkai, this environmentally-friendly premium organic vodka is created with style and elegance in mind.
DC native Carmelita Hilliard founded Look Vodka in 2018. She realized that there was a lack of minority women as suppliers in the alcohol industry, so she created her own vodka brand for females of color.
Black-owned Whiskey and Bourbon brands
Founded by four African American men, Greenwood is a premium African American-owned rye whiskey brand. Greenwood is named after the Historic Greenwood District neighborhood in Tulsa, Oklahoma, otherwise known as the "Black Wall Street". The brand also donates a portion of their proceeds to charities that provide educational resources for young, diverse entrepreneurs.
Founded by Tia and Sean Edwards, Fresh Bourbon's master distiller is the "first African American master distiller in Kentucky since slavery.”
Chaunci King's liquor company Royalty Spirits created Rex Whiskey in 2017. She is the first African American woman liquor owner in the Pacific Northwest. This Portland Oregon brand's mission is to "produce products of rich taste, high quality and longevity".
Founded by Victor, Bryson and Chris Yarbrough from Louisville Kentucky, Brough Brothers became the first African-American-owned distillery in Kentucky. They were lucky to release their first whiskey product in 2020 right before the COVID-19 pandemic.
Tennessee brand Uncle Nearest is inspired by the first known African-American master distiller, Nathan “Nearest” Green.
Founded in 2018 by Jason Ridgel, Guidance Whiskey is available in stores in Tennessee and Georgia.
Black owned Rum Brands
Ten to One rum was founded by Marc Farrell, a Trinidad native and MIT alumni.
Launched in 2018, HH Bespoke Rum was created by Harlem Habadashery, a Black-owned fashion boutique located in Harlem, NY. HH Bespoke gives back to the community, donating to charities such as Boys & Girls Club of Harlem, Food Bank of New York, Harlem Hospital Center, among others.
Founded in 2014, Ou-Oui Premium Liquor is currently available in Georgia and Alabama.
Black-Owned Tequila Brands
Anteel Tequila is the world’s only Coconut Lime Blanco Tequila. Co-founder, Nayana Ferguson, a Pancreatic Cancer and Breast Cancer survivor, seeks to educate people on the benefits of tequila and change the stereotypical thought of what tequila is.
Founded in 2012, their mission is to "deliver the finest top shelf agave spirits available". Revel gives back to charities and non-profits by participating in their events and providing product donations.
Talero Tequila is a USDA certified organic tequila.
Black-owned Gin Brands
Founded by Mr Luvuyo Jongile and Mrs Nodumo Jongile, Mayine translates to "let it rain". Mayine gin is the first Black-owned gin brand in Africa.
Founded in 2013 by Chris Montana, Fitzgerald Gin is sold in Minneapolis MI.
After not being able to find a tasty gin, these entrepreneurs decided to make their own. Ingenious' mission is to "uphold their core values of honor, courage, commitment and integrity in each bottle they produce".
Black-owned Wine Brands
This California wine brand is owned by the Robin and Andrea McBride. McBride Sisters Wines is now the largest African-American-owned wine company in the United States. They also produce other wine lines, She Can and Black Girl Magic.
Well, those are all the brands we have for you. We hope this post helps you discover some Black owned adult beverage brands. If you found this post useful, please share!
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