Everyone we met at Suave Fest

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Most of the people we met at Suave Fest, by the future site of Raices Brewing, Sept. 14, 2019. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

On Saturday, breweries representing local Latinx and indigenous business owners gathered for Suave Fest. The celebration was held in Sun Valley next to the future location of Raices Brewing, the brainchild of Tamil Maldonado and Jose Beteta, who aim to diversify the craft beer industry and bring cultural authenticity to the neighborhood.

We took photos of everyone who said "yes" as the crowds swelled. Many people said they'd never seen an event like it, and more said it was refreshing to attend a beer festival centered around businesses run by people of color. Less than half of a percent of craft breweries are owned by Latinos, while the demographic represents 15-20 percent of beer drinkers.

Alejandra Acevedo and Danica Shipley and Ruth Calderon Sanchez and Alonso Sanchez. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)
City Councilwoman Jamie Torres and Angela Casias. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

"It's just the beginning of what I think will happen in this area, for community space, for cultural space. It's amazing."

-City Councilwoman Jamie Torres

Tamil Maldonado, Jose Beteta of Raíces Brewing Co. with their son, Arani. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)
Univision host and Suave Fest emcee Denny Alfonso, Fernando Flores and Kayla Harneck and Norma Cannalte. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

"I think its wonderful, especially to bring all these cultures together ... The world needs to be more aware of what their neighbors have."

-Norma Cannalte

Alexis Ortega and Denise Suarez and Hugh Long and Lisa Cone. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)
Angela Maria Ortiz-Roa and Henry Torres. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

"It's celebrating Latino culture and Latino unity and its time for all of us to work together and show our presence ... There's a lot of us and we have a lit of economic power and a lot of cultural knowledge."

-Angela Maria Ortiz-Roa

Jocelyn justiniano, Tamir Danon, Chantel Columna,baby Maya Papaya, Erica Hanger, Sydney Simpson, Jared Pollack and Ninkasi the dog, of Novel Strand Brewing. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)
Alemia Kelii and Flo Ramos. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

"We want to be sure that Latinos always have a seat at the table whether its having a sip of beer or in a board room with a bunch of muckity mucks."

-Flo Ramos

Mariam Tapia Salinas and James Salinas and Angela Burke and Taz Romine-Mann. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)
Lindsey, Adrian, Jessica and Alma Vargas. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

"I've never seen anything like this and I think its amazing ...
You don't see a lot of festivals really embracing diversity."

-Lindsey Vargas

Ivette Morataya and Kaytia King and Halee and Aaron Clementi. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)
Mariam Tapia Salinas and James Salinas, Angela Burke and Taz Romine-Mann and Doug Hyndman and Melissa Gifford. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)
Michael Martinez and Rudy Arola and Eddy Arola and Kat and Scott Teague. Suave Fest, by the future site of Raices Brewing, Sept. 14, 2019. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

"This is awesome ... I didnt know we had so many Latino brewers."

-Rudy Arola

Manul Guzman, Yvonne Vigil and Fernando Guzman. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)
Joe Garcia and Clayton Ovado of Cheluna Brewing Co. and Darius Smith, Aspen Rendon and Raelene Whiteshield. Suave Fest, by the future site of Raices Brewing, Sept. 14, 2019. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

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