The Michael James Jackson Foundation for Brewing & Distilling


MJF+ProBrewer Step Up to Brooklyn Brewery's $100K Challenge Grant

ProBrewer and the MJF have combined forces to help bring diversity to American brewhouses. And thanks to the generosity of Brooklyn Brewery, donations received through May 1st will be matched in full by the brewery, up to $100,000. Please help us make the most of this challenge grant by donating to the MJF in the run-up to this year’s BA Craft Brewer’s Conference in Minneapolis.

What’s this “challenge grant”?

The Brooklyn Brewery has offered to fund a permanent endowment for the MJF with a dollar-for-dollar match on all donations made in the run-up to the Craft Brewer’s Conference (May 2nd – 5th, 2022).

For every dollar you donate, Brooklyn Brewery will match your donation up to $100,000. This means that if you donate $25, the MJF receives $50; if you donate $2,500, the MJF gets $5k, etc. It’s really that simple… but it’s a challenge grant, so we only get these funds if the industry steps up to support us.

We’re especially grateful to ProBrewer for partnering with us on this amazing opportunity to double the value of your donation.

We can only do this with the support of people like you!

A diverse, inclusive and equitable brewing industry is a healthy brewing industry, and it’s what we all want to see. So please join ProBrewer and the MJF as we work with Brooklyn Brewery to help make this industry the kind of inviting place we always wanted it to be.

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Funding technical education and career advancement for black, indigenous, and people of color in the brewing and distilling industries.

What We Do


The Michael James Jackson Foundation is a grant-making organization that funds scholarship awards to Black, Indigenous, and People of Color within the brewing and distilling trades. The program is open to candidates at the beginning of their careers, as well as those looking to continue their education. The MJF awards present an opportunity for members and patrons of the brewing and distilling industries to directly fund a more just, equitable, and dynamic future.

The MJF Scholarships


Our Namesake


Michael James Jackson (1942-2007) was the world’s greatest beer and whisky writer. His books have sold more than 3 million copies in 18 languages and helped launch the craft beer movement in the United States and worldwide. His conception of a taxonomy of beer styles serves as the framework for understanding the complexity of modern beer. Largely separate from his “beer family”, Michael had his equally beloved “whisky family” and wrote about the subject with the same erudition, humanity, and passion which he brought to the subject of beer. While not a person of color himself, Michael can only be described as actively and profoundly anti-racist. We are proud to name this foundation after the 20th century’s greatest champion of grain-based beverages.

The Foundation Mission & Structure


The core mission of the Michael James Jackson Foundation for Brewing and Distilling is to advance technical education and facilitate career opportunities for people of color within these industries in the US.

The foundation will accomplish these goals in two ways: funding scholarship awards to accredited brewing & distilling technical courses, and personalized mentorship of grantees by industry professionals.

The MJF will operate under a typical foundation board structure, with inaugural chair Garrett Oliver appointing the initial board members. The board thereafter will nominate and vote upon new members. Committees under the board will assess scholarship applications and select the grantees.

The founding board chair, Garrett Oliver, shall serve a term of five years as chair and shall not seek or accept another term as chair; this shall be incorporated into the MJF bylaws. The MJF will operate as a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization based in New York City. All funds donated to the MJF will be allocated by, and used exclusively for, the work of the MJF.

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