As we always point out, the craft brewing industry is full of great stories, including tales of charitable works, sustainable processes and community-focused initiatives. This might just be the best one yet: A new craft brewery startup in Denver, Brewability, wants to train and employ adults with developmental disabilities.
Some specifics of the process via Fox 31 Denver:
The training process at Brewability is specifically geared toward adults with developmental disabilities. They use repetitive, color coordinated training that relies on repetition and visual cues.
“These individuals are awesome workers and they do the task perfectly every time,” said Toby Gerard, head brewer for Brewability. “That’s really important in brewing, when you make beer, is to have consistent products.”
Tiffany Fixter launched Brewability after working for years in special education. She’s now hoping to give opportunity for adults (21+) with Autism or Down Syndrome.
Fellow local brewer, Grandma’s House brewery, is offering the space for Brewability to get started, but the brewery is still seeking startup funds (about $30,000) via Kickstarter to purchase brewing equipment, including a 15 -bbl fermenter and a 15-bbl brite tank to add to Grandma’s House Brewery’s seven-barrel system. The equipment is necessary to create enough work to justify hiring Brewability Lab employees. Additional funds raised will go towards training and hiring more adults with developmental disabilities.
If you are intrigued and haven’t done so already, click here to visit the company’s Kickstarter page.