Black Is Beautiful

Southern Grist Brewing:

From a collaboration with Southern Grist Brewing and Weathered Souls Brewing comes a new initiative to support justice and equality for People Of Color. BLACK IS BEAUTIFUL. Southern Grist’s version is 10% abv, Imperial Stout with smooth vanilla highlights.
Southern Grist will be donating 100% of proceeds from sales of BLACK IS BEAUTIFUL to the Know Your Rights Camp  and NAACPLDF to bring awareness to the injustices that many people of color face daily.
Check out the article below for more information on this worldwide collaboration among the craft brewing community.



Weathered Souls’ Black Is Beautiful Campaign Shows Racial Solidarity In Craft Beer

Read in Forbes, here.

Marcus Baskerville, Co-Founder of Weathered Souls Brewing Co. in San Antonio, Texas

Kenny Gould, Forbes Contributor

Like many around the United States, Weathered Souls Brewing Company’s Co-Founder Marcus Baskerville was having a tough week.

“I was dealing with some of the frustrations that were going on with murders,” he says. “Breonna Taylor, George Floyd. All of these situations that keep arising.”

As a Black business owner, Baskerville felt a responsibility to use his platform to promote justice. And yet, as a business frequented mostly by “white, middle-aged men,” Baskerville worried about alienating his fan base.

“You have to tread lightly, especially in the industry we’re in,” he says.

This week, Baskerville launched the Black Is Beautiful initiative, a project firmly at the intersection of these thoughts and emotions. It’s a strong move in the fight to raise awareness around injustice and a step toward bringing more diverse voices to an industry traditionally antagonistic toward minority populations.

What Is Black Is Beautiful?


Like Other Half’s “All Together” Project that mobilized craft brewers in support of a common goal, Black Is Beautiful highlights the need for equality and the injustice faced by people of color.

As part of the project, Baskerville worked with graphic designer Kevin Dyer to create a label for a beer can.

“It’s a general label that we created but a large portion of the label is left open for breweries to attach their own artwork to it,” says Baskerville.

Baskerville then posted an open-source beer recipe on the Black Is Beautiful website.

“We created a recipe for people to use as a stout base,” says Baskerville. “But they can get creative and put their own spins on it.”

Donations to a local justice organization are encouraged, but “that’s not the main focus,” Baskerville says. Weathered Souls has chosen to donate proceeds from their beer to Know Your Rights Camp, an organization started by Colin Kaepernick to educate and empower “the next generation of change leaders.”

How Did The Black Is Beautiful Project Get Started?

Initially, Weathered Souls planned to make a single beer. But after speaking with Jester King’s Jeff Stuffings at Jester King Brewery — one of craft beer’s most vocal supporters and a man Baskerville credits as “a mentor” — Baskerville turned his project into a collaborative effort.

“I’ve been a fan boy of Jeff’s for years, and it developed into a friendship,” says Baskerville. “He’s actually the one that got us to open a brewpub over a brewery. In every situation where I’m like, ‘I want to do this’, or ‘I want to be part of this,’ Jeff has been like, ‘Note to self — help Marcus.’”

With Stuffings’ support, Baskerville was able to promote the initiative and reach a relatively large group of craft brewers in a short amount of time.

Who’s Participating In Black Is Beautiful?

Less than twenty-four hours after announcing the Black Is Beautiful project, Baskerville had sign-on from over eighty breweries. Only twenty-four hours after that, the number sits at 226.

“There have been some great names getting involved,” Baskerville says. “Trillium, J. Wakefield, Perennial. Today we heard from Great Notion, WeldWerks, and Voodoo.”

While these name might not mean much to someone outside of the craft beer scene, each of the named breweries plays a powerful role in shaping craft beer culture. Their support goes a long way in encouraging the most avid consumers to take the project seriously.

Justin Gyorfi, founder of Ingenious Brewing and a frequent collaborator of Baskerville’s, noted he’s not surprised at the project’s success.

“Marcus’ passion about the project is contagious and I couldn’t imagine a brewery owner who read his message — and who had the means to participate — not wanting to be involved,” he says.

Ingenious, along with fellow independent Texas brewery and close Weathered Souls / Ingenious collaborator Turning Point Beer, are both participating in the project.

Now, even those who don’t know Baskerville personally want to get involved. Ignacio Montenegro, owner and Director of Marketing at Tripping Animals Brewing Co. in Doral, Florida, committed his brewery to participating after hearing about the initiative on social media.

“We didn’t think twice about it,” he said. “We don’t have a relationship with Weathered Souls just yet, but if we can use our platform to raise awareness in our community, we’re more than happy to do it.”

Diversity As The Future of Craft Beer

“As brewers and business owners, we bring another perspective that’s a little different,” says William Teasley, founder of Khonso Brewing in Atlanta, Georgia. “The best thing anyone can do to help is ensure we’re part of the conversation.”

While Weathered Souls’ initiative is a huge step toward a more equitable craft beer industry, the true test of the project’s success will be to see whether or not current industry leaders extend themselves to the BIPOC (black, indigenous, and people of color) community.

As the editor of a craft beer magazine, I’ll be the first to say that our industry hasn’t been very good at this. While programs like Fresh Fest and Beers With(out) Beards provide spots of hope, major industry events (including ones that I’ve personally thrown) have left brewers who are African American out of the conversation.

Still, things are changing. Hopefully the Black Is Beautiful project will not only show solidarity, but convince industry leaders to extend themselves to more people of color in the industry.

“I remember when I started, there was maybe one or two other black-owned breweries,” says Chris Harris, owner of Black Frog Brewing in Holland, Ohio. “Now you’re looking at close to thirty or forty right now. The change is happening. Slowly but surely, it’s happening.”


5 Easy Ways to Boost Your Immune System

5 Easy Ways to Boost Your Immune System


by Jenna Bratcher, StyleBlueprint Nashville’s Associate Editor and Lead Writer. Read the full article on Styleblueprint, here.

The subject of health is front and center these days, whether we’re considering socially distanced gatherings, grocery store outings, or sending our kids back to school. And while we still have a lot to learn about COVID-19, one thing is clear — keeping our bodies in tip-top shape is one of the best ways to fight against the virus. We asked some local experts to weigh in on a few of the best prevention practices and what we can do to ramp up our immune systems.


5 Easy Ways to Boost Your Immune System

Exercise regularly.

It’s a no-brainer that exercise is crucial to keeping your body physically fit, but how does it affect your immunity, and how much exercise do you really need? Having a consistent exercise routine is vital since it increases the circulation of immune cells and helps build immunity by reducing inflammation. Not to mention, exercise is a fantastic stress release, and stress is a major culprit in suppressing our immune systems.

Eat a healthy, balanced diet.

The old saying “You are what you eat” rings true — healthy food makes for a healthier body. “A well-balanced diet can help us stay on the preventative side of many medical conditions and build the foundation for a healthy immune system, making us less susceptible to infections,” says Anna Smith, a registered dietitian nutritionist for Kroger Health. Eating a nutritionally balanced diet is the clear-cut answer, and following the USDA’s MyPlate method is recommended.

Consider health supplements.

Vitamin C, vitamin D and zinc have all been shown to reduce healing time after infections and play a key role in building immunity, particularly to respiratory illnesses such as COVID-19. In fact, the National Institutes of Health published new evidence that suggests vitamin D plays a significant role in regulating the immune system, and studies also show that vitamin D deficiency may increase the risk of respiratory illnesses. So, how do you get the appropriate amount of vitamin D? Turnip Truck’s Health & Beauty Department Manager, Jasmin Rosil says, “Most Americans do not get enough from sunlight alone, so supplementation is a great tool to help us get enough of this essential vitamin. One of our favorite brands for vitamin D is Natural Factors. They are family-owned, and stringent quality control ensures their products are pesticide-free and non-GMO.”

Before adding any supplements to your healthcare routine, it’s important to do plenty of research, talk to your trusted healthcare provider and remember that, as Jasmin puts it, “All supplements are not created equally. Choosing a supplement with healthy (not harmful) ingredients is paramount.” Not to mention, nutrition starts with your daily diet, so it’s important to remember that supplements are meant to do just that — supplement. They aren’t intended to take the place of vitamin- and mineral-rich foods, which you should obtain through fresh produce. “If you are eating a diet rich in fruits, vegetables and other whole-nutrient sources, your multivitamin may be adequate,” offers Jasmin. “Consuming fresh and natural foods is the simplest, most complete way to lay the groundwork of daily nutrition.”

Get a full night of sleep.

From physical to mental benefits, there are a lot of evident and indisputable advantages that come with a solid night of slumber. But did you know that immunity-boosting brain chemicals are also released while we sleep? Essentially, our bodies need sleep to fight off infection, and for the average person, this means a full seven to eight hours of sleep per night.

Don’t ignore your mental health.

Being in shape is a whole-body affair, and we would be remiss to overlook the importance of mental health. Dr. Dana Verner, a mental health professional at Green Hills Family Psych, says, “Many people are surprised to learn just how strong the mind-body connection is — the health of our mind and body are inextricably intertwined. The same chemicals and hormones in the brain that affect the way we think and feel also affect our body and the way its systems function.”

Self-care takes many forms, and it’s at the epicenter of our wellness. Be it getting enough sleep, focusing on proper nutrition, exercising, taking health supplements, or finding a daily stress-release, our overall health depends on it. As Dr. Verner says, “Prioritizing self-care allows us to focus on what we can control during the chaos of pandemic life, rather than what we cannot.”


*It’s important to note that stress can become unmanageable despite our best efforts. If you or someone you know is feeling overwhelmed, Dr. Verner recommends reaching out for professional help from a counselor or therapist. “Thanks to the pandemic, telehealth restrictions have been lifted, and counseling is widely available and accessible in a safe way to those who need it,” she shares.  


Tomato Salad With Red Beans

Tomato Salad With Red Beans


Recipe from the New York Times, here.

  • YIELD 6 servings
  • TIME 10 minutes

Photo by Andrew Scrivani for The New York Times

This colorful tomato salad is bulked up with red or pink beans. But it’s not a bean salad with tomatoes; it’s a tomato salad with beans. I added celery to the mix for its crunchy texture, which is nice against both the juicy tomatoes and the soft beans, and because I love its herbal, crisp and refreshing flavor.


  • – 2 pounds ripe sweet tomatoes, preferably a combination of red, green and yellow heirlooms
  • – Coarse sea salt
  • – 1 ½cups cooked red or pink beans (1 15-ounce can, drained and rinsed)
  • – ½ cup finely diced celery
  • – 1 small garlic clove, puréed in a mortar and pestle or put through a press
  • – 2 ounces crumbled feta (about 1/2 cup), plus additional for garnish
  • – 2 tablespoons chopped fresh mint, plus additional for garnish
  • – 2 tablespoons sherry vinegar
  • – ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • – 3 to 4cups baby arugula (optional)
  • – 12 barley rusks or 12 small but fairly thick slices toasted whole wheat country bread


  1. Cut tomatoes into wedges. If tomatoes are very large, cut wedges in half across the middle. In a large bowl, toss tomatoes with salt, beans, celery, garlic, feta, mint, vinegar and olive oil. Mixture will become quite juicy quickly if tomatoes are ripe.
  2. Line a platter or plates with arugula and arrange rusks or toasted bread on top. Use 2 pieces of bread per serving. Top with tomatoes and juices. Garnish with additional feta and mint, and serve.


  • Salad can be prepped ahead but do not salt or toss with dressing until shortly before serving or tomatoes will release too much juice.

Heirloom Tomato Crostata with Honey-Thyme Glaze

Tomato Crostata With Honey-Thyme Glaze

Recipe from the New York Times, here.

  • YIELD: 6 to 8 servings
  • TIME: 1 hour plus at least 2 1/2 hours chilling
Tomato Crostata With Honey-Thyme Glaze

Photo by Andrew Scrivani for The New York Times


  • 125 grams all-purpose flour (about 1 cup), more for rolling out dough
  • 75 grams fine cornmeal (about 1/2 cup)
  • ¼ teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 10 tablespoons cold unsalted butter (1 stick plus 2 tablespoons), cut into small cubes
  • 35 grams grated extra-sharp Cheddar (about 1/2 cup)


  • 1 ½ pounds different-colored tomatoes, sliced 1/4-inch thick (or halved if cherry or grape tomatoes)
  • 1 teaspoon kosher sea salt, plus a pinch
  • 2 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • ½ bunch fresh thyme sprigs, plus 2 tablespoons chopped fresh thyme leaves
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 garlic cloves, smashed and peeled
  • 65 grams extra-sharp Cheddar, grated (about 1 cup)
  •  Black pepper, to taste
  • 1 large egg
  •  Flaky sea salt


  1. 1) Make the crust: In a food processor, briefly pulse together flour, cornmeal and salt. Add butter and cheese and pulse until mixture forms chickpea-size pieces (3 to 5 one-second pulses). Add ice water 1 tablespoon at a time, up to 6 tablespoons, pulsing occasionally until mixture is just moist enough to hold together. Form dough into a ball, wrap with plastic and flatten into a disk. Refrigerate at least 2 hours.

2) Meanwhile, line a rimmed baking sheet with a double layer of paper towels. Spread out tomato slices in a single layer. Sprinkle with 1 teaspoon salt and let sit for at least 1 hour and up to 3 hours.

3) In a skillet over medium heat, combine vinegar, honey and thyme sprigs and bring to a simmer; let simmer 2 minutes, then transfer to a bowl. Wipe out skillet, then add olive oil and garlic. Cook garlic for 2 to 3 minutes, or until garlic is golden and caramelized. Remove garlic and finely chop. Reserve garlic oil.

4) Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. Lightly flour a work surface and rolling pin. Gently roll out dough to a 1/4-inch thickness, dusting with flour if dough is sticking. Transfer dough to baking sheet and return to fridge for another 20 minutes.

5) Heat oven to 425 degrees. Pat tomatoes dry with paper towels. Brush tomatoes with honey mixture (reserve the thyme sprigs). Leaving a 3-inch border, distribute cheese, garlic and half the chopped thyme leaves on center of crust. Add black pepper to taste, then layer tomatoes in an overlapping pattern, maintaining the 3-inch border. Drizzle garlic oil over tomatoes, sprinkle with remaining thyme leaves and lay the reserved whole thyme sprigs on top. Gently fold crust up around tomatoes, making a 2-inch border.

6) In a small bowl, whisk egg and 1 teaspoon water. Using a pastry brush, brush egg wash over crust and sprinkle top of crostata with flaky salt. Bake for about 35 minutes, until pastry is deeply golden brown. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Nashville’s mask mandate now in effect; here’s what you need to know

Nashville’s mask mandate now in effect; here’s what you need to know

Metro Health Department has released the details of its order requiring facial coverings in Nashville.


Read on News Channel 5 WTVF here.

Updated 8:22 PM, Jun 29, 2020

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Metro Health Department has released the details of its order requiring facial coverings in Nashville.

As outlined by officials, masks/face coverings must be worn in indoor and outdoor public spaces, starting Monday at 12:01 a.m. The order states those who violate it “shall be subject to civil and criminal penalties, including punishment as a Class C Misdemeanor” starting July 3.

It also requires businesses to post signage at their entrances stating all employees, customers and visitors must wear masks.

“The data is clear. Wearing a mask reduces the chance of contracting COVID-19,” said Dr. Alex Jahangir during the discussion.“Every day we wait people die. Masks save lives.”

The department says masks are not required in the following settings and circumstances:

  • * By any child aged 12 years or younger. Any child younger than two years old must not wear a face covering because of risk of suffocation. Parents and caregivers must supervise the use of face masks by children to avoid misuse.
  • * In outdoor public spaces unless maintaining a physical distance of six feet from persons who are not members of the same household or residence is not feasible;
  • * While engaged in outdoor work or recreation, such as swimming, walking, hiking, bicycling, or running, unless maintaining a physical distance of six feet from persons who are not members of the same household or residence is not feasible;
  • * By those who cannot medically tolerate wearing a face covering. No person declining to wear a face covering because of a medical condition shall be required to produce verifying medical documentation;
  • * Within one’s own or another’s motor vehicle, provided the vehicle is not being used for public transportation or a vehicle for hire;
  • * Within educational institutions, public and private K-12 schools, private colleges and universities, trade schools, post-secondary, and technical colleges, provided K-12 schools comply with the conditions in Nashville Plan: A Framework for a Safe, Efficient and Equitable Return to School, as outlined at [];
  • * By those working alone in separate office spaces or in non-public workplaces that have more than adequate area for social distancing based on the size of and number of people in the space (either indoors or outdoors). Such persons must be prepared to wear a face covering when interacting with others in groups of 6 or more persons or in groups of any size where social distancing of more than six (6) feet cannot be consistently maintained;
  • * When wearing a face covering poses a safety risk or security risk. “Safety risk” includes, but is not limited to, where wearing a face covering may pose a risk to persons working on ladders or at height, wearing other respiratory protection, engaging in heavy physical exertion, operating heavy equipment, or operating in an environment where a face covering hinders communications. “Security risk” includes, but is not limited to, an activity or transaction where establishing the identity of the customer or employee is important. However, employers are encouraged to structure work to promote social distancing and limit close contact as much as possible within workplaces where Face Coverings may pose such risks;
  • * When eating or drinking in public at a restaurant, bar, or other food or beverage establishment;
  • * While in a place of worship. Places of worship are strongly encouraged to follow the health guidelines in paragraph 3 of Governor Lee’s Executive Order No. 38, issued on May 22, 2020; and
  • * While in a building or indoor space owned, managed, or leased by the State of Tennessee or federal government.

The mask mandate was approved unanimously at a special-called Health Department meeting last Friday due to “emergency circumstances” in the rise of COVID-19 cases.

Davidson County is one of six Tennessee counties that has its own health department separate from the state, which is why it has the authority to put such a policy in place.

“We are in Phase 3 of our reopening, we want to keep moving forward and not backwards. Texas and Florida regressed in their reopening plans, we don’t want that to happen in Nashville, and making masks mandatory will help us prevent that,” added Jahangir.

The Metro Public Health Department is giving out free masks from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Lentz Public Health Center.