The lack of racial and gender diversity within the brewing industry itself is documented by data and lived everyday by minorities in beer. But I have hope that this is not the full story, that there are lots of people involved in beer in various ways—not least of all as beer drinkers—who don’t fit the cliché. It reminds me of the community I found when I was first becoming interesting in craft beer so many years ago. Back then, I felt like beer brought together all types of people—women, men, young and old, across socioeconomic and cultural groups. We were united by a couple things: We all liked beer, and we were all pretty weird. I’ve since lost some of that idealism. As the email White received so viciously states, some people still don’t believe beer is for all. The #IAmCraftBeer hashtag provided a necessary counterweight to that, and one that’s much more powerful.