Wisconsin’s first Black-owned brewery opened in 1970 (There hasn’t been one since)


A half-century ago, Peoples Brewing became Wisconsin’s first Black-owned brewery.

We are still waiting for the second one.

Craig Crosby remembers being 7 or 8 years old when his father, Henry, joined a group of Black businessmen in purchasing Peoples Brewing in Oshkosh. It was the early 1970s, and Craig was young enough that the drive to the south side of Oshkosh seemed longer than it was. The brewery appeared to hulk in the distance.

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