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Jon Renthope

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Pictured, Jon Renthrope at the world renowned Dooky Chase's Restaurant in New Orleans, Louisiana (2021).

Jon Renthrope[edit]

Jon Renthrope (born 1988) is first Black/Native American to own a brewing a company in the Southern United States. He established his brewing company, Cajun Fire Brewing Company, in 2011.

Personal Life[edit]

Jon Renthrope was born January 15, 1988 in Eastern New Orleans, Louisiana. A second generational New Orleanian with roots from Berwick and Kinder, Louisiana, he graduated high school from St. Augustine High School in 2006, following being impacted and displaced by the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina which made landfall in Southeast Louisiana in 2005. Renthrope participated in the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida Outstanding High School Scholars Program and went on to enroll at the University of Florida with a Partnership School Academic Scholarship in Summer of 2006. At the University of Florida, Renthrope studied and received a degree in Political Science and became a member of the Zeta Phi Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.(ΚΑΨ). Renthrope is married, a father of two, and currently resides in the Gentilly community of New Orleans. Renthrope is a tribal member of the United Nation of Houma Indians.

Professional Career[edit]

Jon Renthrope is a seasoned entrepreneur that has served as a CEO, commercial developer, board developer, executive director, COO, and marketing director for multiple for and non-profit organizations.

Most notably, Renthrope founded his family owned brewing company, Cajun Fire Brewing Company, LLC, October 31, 2011.

Cajun Fire Brewing Company would effectively become the first Native American owned and operated brewing company in United States history and the first Black American owned brewing company in the Southern United States. Cajun Fire is the second oldest Black owned and operated brewing company the Americas.

In 2014, Renthrope was recognized as a cultural ambassador for the historic Treme' Community, serves as founding board member of the National Black Brewers Association, serves on the executive board of Metro New Orleans chapter of 100 Black Men of America, serves on the executive board of Greater New Orleans East Business Alliance, Black Enterprise ‘Top 5 Blacks in Alcohol Manufacturing’.

An alumnus of The University of Florida, in 2019 Renthrope was inducted as an awardee of the 40 under 40 club awards. Renthrope is the executive producer and host of the ‘What’s Brewing New Orleans’ broadcast program on WBOK 1230 AM, one of the oldest Black owned and operated radio stations in the nation.

Renthrope serves as lead project manager of The New Orleans East Cultural Hub, CEO of Levee World International, and COO of Bridge Forest Investment Corporation.

In 2021, Renthrope was featured prominently in the documentary film One Pint at a Time directed by film maker Aaron Hose, which also featured Alisa Bowens-Mercado, Celeste Beatty, and others. The documentary was shot over the course of 5 years leading into and the 2020 global pandemic of Covid-19 and captured the successes and obstacles of Black Americans in North America's craft beer industry space.

To date, Renthrope's leadership and advocacy has lead his firms to more than one million dollars in philanthropic and non-profit monies for his community partner organizations that serve the Greater New Orleans metropolitan area.


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