USA. Chicago O’Hare International Airport, Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield (URW) Airports and Areas celebrated National Black Business Month in August by offering beers from Black-owned breweries as part of a tap takeover.
Turner Häus Brewery had beer on tap at Tortas Frontera restaurant while Moor’s Brewery took over the tap at Hub51. Both restaurants in T5, operated by Areas, sold out of the featured beers.
“It was an opportunity to celebrate and highlight some of Chicago’s Black businesses,” said Wally Kruce, Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield (URW) Airports General Manager at Chicago O’Hare. “We are continually looking for ways to bring local businesses into the airport. We recently introduced Brown Sugar Bakery products to the airport and it is exciting getting to support our local businesses and help the airport better reflect the diverse communities we have in Chicago.”
Of the more than 8,000 craft breweries nationwide, around 1% are Black-owned.
Moor’s Brewing Company offers four different varieties including a porter and an India pale ale and is sold at more than 250 locations throughout the city and suburbs.
“Having our beer featured at O Hare Terminal 5 during National Black Business Month is a tremendous honour,” said Jamhal Johnson, Co-Founder and Chief Financial Officer at Moor’s Brewing Company. “We are grateful to URW Airports, Areas and Hub51 for extending us the opportunity to share our beer and our brand with global travelers. We take great pride in our product and our culture, so we feel very fortunate to be able to bring a taste of it to O’Hare.”
Turner Häus microbrewery is located in the Bronzeville neighborhood of Chicago. Its product was first developed as a home-brewed craft beer and has evolved to offering a variety of beers. All of its beers are named after women in the Turner family.
“It is truly a dream come true to evolve from brewing beer at home to serving passengers from around the world at O’Hare,” said Turner Häus Brewery Co-Founder Blair Turner Aikens. “We are passionate about what we do and thankful to URW Airports, Areas and Frontera for helping to spotlight Turner Häus Brewery. It is a privilege to be helping shine the light on Black-owned craft breweries.”