Three HBCU Grads Have Created Harlem Hops -- a Brand New, Black-Owned Haven for Fans of Craft Beer

Stacey Lee, Kim Harris, and Kevin Bradford

Harlem residents, this is for you.

If you’re fans of craft beer, there’s a new Black-owned beer bar called Harlem Hops that you absolutely must try!

HBCU grads Kevin Bradford, Kim Harris, and Stacey Lee brought the concept to life as a way to “serve locally brewed craft beers in a welcoming environment.”

via The Undefeated:

We want Harlem Hops to be Cheers for a lot of people in the neighborhood,” Harris said. “We want it to be the safe haven where you can just come and learn about something different.”

The vision of Harlem Hops began for Harris, a graduate of Clark Atlanta University, nearly five years ago. Born and raised in Harlem, Harris appreciated her neighborhood, but good beer was hard to find. Her quests to drink beer she enjoyed included traveling to Brooklyn to get it.

“I thought, there’s something missing here,” Harris said. “And that’s when it came to me that we should do a beer bar in Harlem. That’s was one of the reasons I thought about it.”


Harlem Hops features 16 taps serving an array of locally brewed beers — from goses to Mexican-style lagers.


If beer isn’t quite your thing, you can also grab your fair share of classic bites like Bavarian pretzels, spicy guma pies and craft beer bratwursts served on pretzel buns. You can check out the full menu here.

If you’re in the Harlem area, be sure to check out Harlem Hops at 2268 Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd.

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