Benny Ashburn and Teo Hunter created Crowns and Hops with the intention of bringing diversity to the predominantly white Craft Beer industry. They started by producing events and creating partnerships and have now evolved to contract brewing and selling their own beer through partnerships with Henhouse and Three Weavers. A tiny percentage of breweries in America are Black owned. Ashburn and Hunter realized the best way to change that was not only through promoting black and brown participation in the industry, but by being part of the change themselves. They’ve been featured in Time, Rolling Stone and Vice and have built a huge Social Media following. The next step is a brick and mortar taproom/brewery in Indglewood, a project for which they are currently crowdfunding. Crowns and Hops have a lot of people rooting for them, and the beers are excellent as well. Enjoy!


Chris Freeman 


8 Trill Pils

Crowns & Hops 

Pours clear gold with a foamy white head. Slight citrus and crackery malt aromas jump out of the class. Light bodied with just a touch of hop bitterness on the palate. Light and easy drinking. 

8 Trill Pils is part of project spearheaded by Crowns & Hops and funded by BrewDog that hopes to promote racial equit in the beer industry. $100,000 in grants were distributed to black owned beer bsunesses with 100% of the proceeds from 8 Trill Pils going toward this project. 


Black People Love Beer Hazy IPA 

Crowns & Hops 

Hazy orange/gold with moderate carbonation. Stone and tropical fruit aromas followed by smooth texture and a balanced, fruity, slightly bitter flavor. Moderate sweetness and a slightly bitter finish.  

Inglewood, Ca 

Hazy IPA 


Black People Love Beer Hazy DIPA 

Crowns & Hops 

Brewed with Motueka, El Dorado and Sabro hops. Sweet hops on the nose with notes of lychee and mango. Super soft texture, smooth and fruity on the palate. Sweet finish with notes of piney resinous hops. 

Inglewood, Ca

Hazy Double IPA 

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