Small Business Live Business Spotlight

June 23, 2020

When millions of small businesses were forced to close due to COVID-19,  Small Business Live was created in just 5 weeks. Small Business Live is a one-day musical experience to raise money for the small businesses hit hardest by COVID-19, with a focus on those run by women and people of color.

12 New Jersey Craft Breweries Worth a Day Trip

July 09, 2020

Cans and growlers are available for pickup odelivery to Jersey residents from this brewery, which often takes inspiration from its owners’ West African and Caribbean roots.

Montclair Brewery to offer outdoor space for beer lovers

June 12, 2020

The owners of the Montclair Brewery are doing what they can to offer outdoor areas so that they can reopen for business.The brewery will use the front of the building as a paved patio area, and the owners say they want to convert the parking lot into an outdoor space as well.

What is Juneteenth? New Jersey celebrates holiday commemorating the end of slavery

June 18, 2020

Leo Sawadogo and Denise Ford Sawadogo, husband-and-wife owners of Montclair Brewery, tell the story of the “laughing barrel” on Juneteenth — the June 19 holiday that celebrates the abolition of slavery.

Jersey Brewers Band Together for “Black is Beautiful” Beer Collaboration

June 24, 2020

With nearly 900 participating breweries, the collaborative effort aims to raise awareness for the injustices people of color face daily. Denise Ford Sawadogo of Montclair Brewery explains the beer's importance.

Supporting Our Strongest Women during COVID-19

April 20, 2020

The Coronavirus couldn't keep us down! Read on to see how Montclair Brewery has been giving back during this pandemic the best way they know how, supporting their community. 

Brewery Banter Series - Montclair Brewery

March 05, 2020

Brewsing Banter Podcast presents... The Brewery Banter Series. This week “ The Legendary Brew Crew” visit Montclair Brewery in Montclair, NJ. Owners Leo & Denise Sawadogo join the crew and talk about their entry into the craft beer industry and the creation and all the happenings of Montclair Brewery as we sample some of their tasty offerings. 

Two Brewthers Review Montclair Brewery Beers

September 19, 2019

Tony and Ski Brewther Alex Review the beers they had Montclair Brewery, give their descriptor of the brewery, give some shoutouts on the Talking Pints segment, and let you know where they are going next.

Two Brewthers Interviews Montclair Brewery

September 19, 2019

Tony and Ski Brewther Alex take the drive to Montclair Brewery in Montclair, NJ. They talk to owners Leo and Denise about their brewery, the inspiration for naming their beers, how their previous life experiences have set them up for owning and running a brewery, and so much more.

Leo Sawadogo Is the Most Interesting Brewer You’ve Never Heard Of

March 06, 2020

Burkina Faso, West Africa is probably not the first place that comes to your mind when you think of craft beer destinations, but that is where Leo Sawadogo’s story begins. The co-owner and brewmaster of northern New Jersey-based Montclair Brewery is the epitome of a Renaissance man—a 22-year brewing veteran whose past lives include being a professional soccer player, pastry chef, radio personality, and journalist.

Montclair Brewery is featured on "InebriNation" Podcast

February 12, 2020

Inebrination talks to Howard from Mega Bite Events  to learn about two beer fests that were coming up, and discuss Montclair Brewery being at the beer festivals.

Montclair Brewery Honors Larry Doby as Part of Black History Month

February 24, 2020

Montclair Brewery releases Doby Major Leagues Caramel Pale Ale, the newest Black History Month series craft beer in honor of former Negro Leagues and American Leagues baseball player, Larry Doby on Friday February 21, 2020. Doby was the 2nd player to break baseball’s color barrier and the first player of color in the American League. 

Founders of Montclair Brewery Celebrate Culture Through Craft Beer

February 24, 2020

Denise-Ford Sawadogo and Leo Sawadogo are the married couple behind New Jersey’s Montclair Brewery. At the foundation of the brewery is a vision of connecting their diverse upbringings and cultures with the Montclair community through beer.

Cheers! Montclair Brewery creates beers to commemorate Black History Month

February 14, 2020

February is a time to honor those who changed the world by fighting for equal rights for the black community. And Montclair Brewery is doing its part to honor those who fought for equal rights.

“People are coming in specifically asking for the Black History Month beer,” says co-owner Denise Ford-Sawadogo.

Montclair Brewery's New Beers Honor Harriet Tubman, Larry Doby

February 14, 2020

MONTCLAIR, NJ -- The Montclair Brewery is paying tribute to Black History Month with beers that evoke the legacies of Harriet Tubman and Larry Doby.

Montclair Brewery Celebrates Black History Month With Craft Beer and Music

February 04, 2020

Montclair Brewery announces they will release several new and returning craft beer styles in honor of Black History Month this February. The line-up includes various beer styles that are connected to the African diaspora and Black History makers, such as former slave turned abolitionist, Harriet Tubman and Baseball Hall of Famer, Larry Doby.

Montclair Brewery Wins Gold in Best of Essex for Best Brewery/Distillery

December 02, 2019

Montclair Brewery has won the Gold Medal for Best Brewery/Distillery in the Suburban Essex Best of Essex 2019 Readers' Choice Awards contest.

Montclair Brewery Celebrates "Small Brewery Sunday"

November 23, 2019

Montclair, NJ. • December 1st, 2019 — The Brewers Association has declared the Sunday after Thanksgiving as Small Brewery Sunday, a new holiday to celebrate small and independent U.S. craft breweries. On December 1, beer lovers are encouraged to show their support for local and independent breweries and seeking the independent craft brewer seal, a certified mark that identifies beer brewed by independent craft brewers.

Friday through Sunday, October 11th-13th, the Montclair Brewery will be hosting a series of poetry, music and other entertainment at its taproom at 101 Walnut Street. Owned by Leo and Denise Ford Sawadogo, Montclair Brewery first opened its doors on Oct. 12 last year. Get ready to celebrate an important milestone this weekend, Montclair: the anniversary of the township's first microbrewery.

"Two Brewthers" Podcast Show Interviews Montclair Brewery Owners

September 05, 2019

Saturday, Sept. 28 from 1:30 to 9:45 p.m the Montclair Brewery will host its day-long Oktoberfest party. Montclair's first microbrewery is gearing up for its inaugural Oktoberfest event, and there will be plenty of tasty libations to sample from, organizers say. Inspired by the annual beer tradition in Munich, Germany, the outdoor festival in the rear parking lot at 101 Walnut Street in Montclair will include 18 beers on tap, live music, food and family-friendly fun.

Montclair Brewery offers beers you’d be hard-pressed to find anywhere else in the United States. That’s because husband-and-wife owners Leo Sawadogo, who is from West Africa, and Denise Ford Sawadogo, whose family is Jamaican, bring their native flavors to their brews in Montclair.Buying a pint at Montclair Brewery is a way to taste African-influenced brews without buying a plane ticket.

Sunday, April 7th, 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. the Montclair Brewery will release its first batch of the City Green Farm House Collab Ale. This Session IPA is a collaborative brew between City Green Farms and Montclair Brewery. A portion of the proceeds from Sunday’s beer sales will be donated to the North Jersey based, non-profit. The City Green Farm House ale will be sold in pints, half pints and 4 ounce flight glasses. Growler fills will be limited to one per person. Members of City Green team will be on site from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Montclair Brewery will release beers inspired by African culture and prominent black figures in February to honor Black History Month. “We are extremely excited to connect our culture to that of craft beer,” said Denise Ford Sawadogo, who co-owns the brewery with her husband, Leo Sawadogo.

Fans of the brew will appreciate a new place to sip fresh beer in Montclair. The microbrewery and tasting room, Montclair Brewery, will be the first of its kind to open in the township.

A Montclair couple wants to bring the "magic of beer" to the township, with brews inspired by their roots in West Africa and Caribbean...

Raise your glasses and tip your mugs: The Township Planning Board Monday night gave Montclair’s first microbrewery the approvals it needs to open up shop. The board granted the two variances and the site plan approval that local residents Denise Ford Sawadogo and her husband Leo Sawadogo sought for their startup, the Montclair Brewery.

As a child growing up in West Africa, Leo Sawadogo would watch his mother transforming native grains, herbs, and spices into a tasty alcoholic beverage. A week-long process, the custom of home brewing is not uncommon in Burkina Faso (formerly Upper Volta), and his mother, in his eyes, was a master brewer long before the popularity of craft brewing took hold in the US, his adopted country...

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