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The Michael Jackson Foundation for Brewing & Distilling

The MJF is a grant-making foundation that funds scholarship awards to predominantly people of color within the brewing and distilling industries and to those who wish to join our industries.

http://www.themjf.org Tax ID 13-3526046

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Welcome to the Michael Jackson Foundation for Brewing and Distilling (MJF). The MJF is a grant-making foundation that funds scholarship awards to predominantly people of color within the brewing and distilling industries and to those who wish to join our industries. The MJF’s scholarship awards present an opportunity for members and supporters of our industries to directly fund a more equitable and dynamic future for brewing and distilling.


The MJF scholarship awards will fund brewing and distilling education courses, both beginning and ongoing, for BIPOC within the two professions. Each scholarship granted to a student will be matched with a BIPOC mentor within the industry who will provide advice and support along the awardee’s career path. We will expect our awardees to later provide mentorship to those coming up behind them.


Sir Godfrey Henry Oliver Palmer {hyperlink to wiki}, OBE was born in Jamaica 80 years ago. He is a Professor Emeritus of Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, the most prestigious of the UK’s brewing and distilling schools. In 1989 he became the first Black professor in Scotland. In 1998 the American Society of Brewing Chemists (ASBC) honored him with the Award of Distinction, widely considered the “Nobel Prize of Brewing”. Sir Geoff Palmer has also been one of the UK’s most prominent civil rights authors and activists for for decades.


The Nathan Green Scholarship for Distilling will fund the tuition and course materials for well-recognized practical courses in distilling science and technology. [Courses?]



Nathan Green {hyperlink wiki} (1820 - 1890?), born enslaved, was the original distiller for Jack Daniel Tennessee Whiskey, and taught company founder Jack Daniel how to distill using his distinctive techniques. Today Nathan Green is properly credited as Jack Daniel’s original master distiller.


Michael James Jackson {hyperlink OCB entry} (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 establishment of the concept and taxonomy of beer styles was the basis of the lens through which most of us view modern beer. Largely separately 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. Michael was English, but he was also actively and profoundly anti-racist. We are proud to name this foundation after one of our greatest champions of grain-based beverages.


Founding Mission Statement


The mission of The Michael Jackson Foundation for Brewing and Distilling is to open doors for people of color within the United States brewing and distilling industries by providing both scholarships to accredited brewing and distilling technical courses and also a level of mentorship that will help our awardees become industry leaders of the future.