From biotech to rugby and now beer, the Brazo Fuerte brewery is taking the craft beer market by storm. Founder Beverly Armstrong started the business two years ago after leaving her biotech career. She is one of two black women brewery owners in the country. Brazo Fuerte produces session beers (full-flavored, lower-alcohol beers), which she grew to love while playing international rugby. “You want to be social for several hours. I wanted to have something that actually tasted good, that was still an approachable moderate level of alcohol,” said Armstrong. She is a now a certified cicerone, which is the equivalent of a sommelier and has captured the attention of large brewers like Samuel Adams beer. Brazo Fuerte is now teaming up with The Boston Beer Company (SAM +0.24%), the brewer behind Samuel Adams beers, to release a limited-edition beer later this year.
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