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Photo courtesy of Hidden Springs Ale Works website.

Photo from Hidden Springs Ale Works’s website.

Employees are afraid to talk, and reporters are afraid to write. Here’s how to break the story.

On May 21, Erica Jones posted for the first time about her claims of harassment in the craft beer industry: “For the last five years of my career in beer, I worked for a prominent Tampa brewery. If you’ve been here a while, you know who. In 2020, another employee began harassing me constantly: Screaming at me, threatening physical violence toward other employees. And it got really hard to be in that environment.”

The next day she named the prominent Tampa brewery: Hidden Springs Ale Works, a Tampa Heights brewery known for can art labels as bright and creative as the liquid inside.

Twenty-six times over the next nine weeks, she documented not only her experiences but those of other women in the Florida craft beer industry. She spoke with reporters at the Pulitzer Prize-winning Tampa Bay Times and the alternative weekly Creative Loafing.

That was six weeks ago. Neither has published a story.

Jones tells me she’s frustrated. “I’ve connected them with people to talk to and still [print journalists] want more sources.” This is what I told her: “No one will do anything until there’s a lawsuit or more witnesses step forward.”

This is as much about how journalism works as it is how craft beer works, I told her. Below I explain why.

The way journalism works

On June 3, ABC Action News in Tampa was the first media outlet to run a story. The TV station didn’t feature the owners in an interview and didn’t name the brewery because “no lawsuit has been filed.”

At the time, Tampa-based craft beer attorney Benjamin Stranzl was “working with the brewery to see if any policies or procedures could be changed to be more accommodating to the staff,” he told ABC Action News.

It’s a vague answer and doesn’t specifically outline what that means.

Jones told me Hidden Springs fired Stranzl for being “too willing to work” with her. When contacted for comment on this story, Stranzl said he “no longer represents Hidden Springs Ale Works and would prefer not to comment.”

Stranzl did connect me with Hidden Springs’s current attorney, Brian Rubenstein. I’ve reached out to Rubenstein via email and voicemail. He hasn’t replied as of publication time.

So I decided to go straight to the source.

I called Joshua Garman, co-owner of Hidden Springs Ale Works, for his side of the story. He declined to comment.

“She’s got a lawyer, we have a lawyer. There’s not really much I want to say,” Garman told me. “Looks like there’s a possibility of lawsuits being filed on both sides. I’m trying to stay out of the media as best as possible with this.”

Jones said the remaining staff was forced to sign non-disclosure agreements. Other anonymous sources told me they were forced to sign paperwork specifically stating not to speak with former employees or the press.

Erica Jones, former social media coordinator at Hidden Springs Ale Works. Photo from Jones’s Facebook page.

The tactic seems to have worked. Two witnesses Broward Beer contacted for this story declined to comment. Another would only speak if granted anonymity and two others said they’d “rather not because it’s Jones’s story.”

The country’s oldest journalism organization – the Society of Professional Journalists – has a code of ethics on quoting sources.

“Identify sources clearly,” SPJ’s ethics code says. “The public is entitled to as much information as possible to judge the reliability and motivations of sources.”

This may be Jones’s story. But without a lawsuit or witnesses to comment, there isn’t much of a story.

The way craft beer works

Jones left Hidden Springs in October 2020, seven months before Brienne Allan started posting women’s stories of sexism and misogyny on her Instagram account.

Jones said when she left the craft beer industry, owners of Hidden Springs told her “no other brewery would hire her because they wouldn’t want to piss them off.”

Jones told me she has friends who still work at Hidden Springs. Other anonymous sources also confirmed they have friends and family members still working there. They want to talk on the record but don’t want to jeopardize the livelihood of their loved ones.

“My hope is that because I’m no longer part of the industry I can use that to protect myself and speak up for others who can’t,” Jones told me. “They’re still in the industry and are scared of retaliation.”

That fear to speak publicly is also why news outlets are holding out to run the story.

Jones’s attorney, Ashley Pileika, wouldn’t comment on the specifics of the letters and NDAs for this particular case. But she did tell me, “Generally speaking, in my opinion, cease and desist letters can be used as a means to silence and scare individuals from coming forward and bringing serious allegations to light.”

Ashley Pileika, attorney representing Erica Jones. Photo from www.fosterhaynie.com.

Pileika’s firm Forester Haynie also represents clients from Wormtown Brewery in Massachusetts, where four ownersstepped down from day-to-day operations due to similar accusations.

Where I think this goes from here

Witnesses who fear speaking with the press shouldn’t be afraid.

In June 2017, I hired an attorney to defend me with a lawsuit against a public university over my First Amendment rights and won.

I learned the media and lawsuits only work quicker when you’re willing to speak up. After talking with Jones’s attorney, I feel she agrees with me.

“Generally speaking, a threat to bring defamation in most contexts is toothless,” Pileika said. “The truth is always the best defense to any type of defamation, threat, or action.”

Jones told me her goal has never been to sue the brewery or damage its brand in any way. All she wants is the owners to change their workplace policies.

Their actions haven’t shown Jones or her attorney that’s what they want to do.

On May 31 – 10 days after Jones first shared her story publicly – Hidden Springs posted a statement about the allegation on its Facebook and Instagram pages that reads “we’re adding a third-party resource to handle any future concerns anonymously.”

There’s no further elaboration on what that means.

The brewery has made seven posts since promoting new beer releases. Each time, someone comments asking about accountability.

I asked both Jones and Pileika when they plan to file a lawsuit against the brewery. Pileika couldn’t comment on a specific date.

“We have certainly shown a willingness to engage down a path to meaningful change outside of filing suit,” Pileika said. “If that’s not a path Hidden Springs is willing to take, we’re prepared to file in the very near future.”

This is a developing story. Check back with BrowardBeer.com for updates.



About Joe Pye

My name is Joe Pye and I love local, independent beer.



Sours: https://browardbeer.com/opinion/why-the-media-hasnt-reported-on-the-toxic-work-environment-at-a-tampa-brewery/

tbt* craft beer of the week: ZFG, Hidden Springs Ale Works

In recent years, the trend has shifted from aggressively hopped, bitter pale ales to ones that are more focused on aromatics and juicy, tropical flavors from newer hop strains. Many New England-style IPAs could pass as vaguely-bitter orange juice.

Tampa's Hidden Springs Ale Works has cut straight to the chase with a beer in its recent debut line of canned brews. ZFG — Zero F-cks Given — pale ale forgoes the opacity and juiciness of the New England style, instead focusing entirely on the low bitterness and tropical aroma part of the equation.

How low are we talking on that bitterness scale? It contains zero IBUs (International Bittering Units), as no hops are used during the boil phase of the brew day. Instead, the beer is merely dry-hopped to high heaven with Citra, Mosaic and Motueka hops, lending a massive bouquet of bright citrus and tropical fruit notes, with a flavor that's more tangerine and papaya than pine and grapefruit, with none of the typically corresponding bitterness.

ZFG is a fun experiment in playing with expectations. From the can, which is decorated with a chaotic tattoo flash, illustrations including a severed forearm giving a one-finger salute, the black sheep from Minor Threat's Out of Step album and, of course, the classic eight-ball to the huge hop aroma that bursts from it as it's opened, everything about ZFG says aggressive.

The first sip is jarring, then, as the beer's actually quite mild, falling closer in body and flavor to an assertive blonde ale than your average dry-hopped pale ale or session IPA. At 5.5 percent alcohol by volume, ZFG is fairly light, lending some major drinkability. According to the Hidden Springs folks, ZFG is quickly becoming one of its tasting room bestsellers, and it's not hard to see why.

Look for ZFG in 16-ounce cans at your local beer store, as well as at bay area Total Wine & More locations. You'll find it for sale in the cooler at Hidden Springs Ale Works (1631 N Franklin St., Tampa), as well as on draft. Everyone has a friend in their circle who hates "hoppy" beers. Have them try ZFG and enjoy the confusion!

— Justin Grant

Have a suggestion for the Local Craft Beer of the Week? Brewers, have a limited release coming that we should know about? Email [email protected]

Sours: https://www.tampabay.com/things-to-do/food/spirits/tbt-craft-beer-of-the-week-ZFG-Hidden-Springs-Ale-Works_168571602/
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Hidden Springs Ale Works

Hidden Springs Ale Works(Tampa, Florida) has officially announced that it will begin the Limited Can Release of Crispy Treatz, a Rice Krispies Treats-inspired Pastry Lager brewed in collaboration with BarrieHaus Beer Co. (Tampa, Florida), at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, September 29.

First the pastry bois came for our Stouts. Their advances continued, things progressed, and our Kettle Sours then fell victim to their lactose lovin’, adjunct-obsessed ways. Now, in the year of our Pastry Lord 2020, Lagers are no longer safe . . . and we have Hidden Springs Ale Works and BarrieHaus Beer Co. to thank for this development: Crispy Treatz, a Pastry Lager loaded down with marshmallows. Dripping with nostalgia, Crispy Treatz (4.7% ABV) will bring back all those feels you got that day you discovered your mom snuck a Rice Krispies Treat into your lunch bag. (Remember how cool you felt when all the other kids looked at you from across the lunch table with eyes filled with envy? We remember.)

Cans of Crispy Treatz will drop at Hidden Springs Ale Works (1631 N Franklin St | Tampa, Florida) at 3 p.m. on September 29, but you can pre-order online now by clicking here. This Limited Release will be available at the brewery only in 4-packs of 16 oz. cans for $18 each (limit of six 4-packs per person). Prost!

Vital Information for Crispy Treatz from Hidden Springs Ale Works & BarrieHaus Beer Co.

Release – Limited; September 29, 2020
Style – Pastry Lager
ABV – 4.7%
Added Ingredients – Marshmallows
Availability – 4-packs of 16 oz. cans ($18 each)
Limit – Six 4-packs per person
Pre-Order Link – http://hiddenspringsaleworks.com/cans-togo
Distribution – None. Available at Hidden Springs Ale Works only

Sours: https://mashing-in.com/tag/hidden-springs-ale-works/

Hidden Springs Ale Works

In the heart of Tampa Heights, right on Yellow Brick Row, Hidden Springs Ale Works has been bringing a friendly vibe and great beer to its neighbors for almost two years. And, like most great places, it wasn’t built overnight. The brewery is one of a kind, and its special atmosphere, and eclectic flavors all spring from the minds of its owners and head brewers, Austin Good and Josh Garman. The dynamic partnership was born out of a general love of creating craft beer, pushing the boundaries of the industry, and an understanding of what makes something great. After the two friends spent time home brewing together, and cultivating a business plan, they combined all the assets they had, then reached out to friends and relatives to fund their dream. They decided to call it Hidden Springs Ale Works, in honor of all of their fond, childhood memories of growing up in Florida, and going on adventures to Weeki Wachee and Withlacoochee springs, both considered hidden gems in their home state. Hidden Springs Ale Works is the result of local hard work and a friendship built on trust, and a passion for craft beer. This brewery is a neighborhood watering hole that reminds us all to slow down, grab a beer, and talk to a friend.

Sours: http://floridapours.com/item/hidden-springs-ale-works/

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