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Missouri’s first Black-owned brewery wins $25K grant

Vine Street Brewing in Kansas City was awarded $25,000 to fund expansion, training and more beer.

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The Vine Street Brewing Co. team together, beneath their logo, the beer goddess Maris.

Photo via Vine Street Brewing Co.

“Cheers to new beginnings and even better beer!”

This was the message from Vine Street Brewing Co. last week, when the brewery announced it was being awarded $25,000 in funding from the Kansas City G.I.F.T program.

Vine Street, which opened over the summer in Kansas City’s historic 18th & Vine district, is Missouri’s first Black-owned brewery.

G.I.F.T awards two grants each quarter (up to $25,000) to Black-owned businesses in specific regions of Kansas City, MO — focusing on those that operate in economically disadvantaged areas.

The brewery plans to use the funds to expand its production capacity through purchasing a fifth fermenter, building a brand-new cold room and investing in workforce development and training.

Perfect timing for a celebration — Vine Street Brewing Co.'s First Pour Club Hangout event is set for tomorrow night from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m.

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