ISLAND TO ISLAND BREWERY
DANII OLIVER | OWNER
INCLUSIVE AND INDIGENOUS: Those are the values Danii Oliver brings to all her beverage brands. “I want to celebrate people coming together with every brand I launch. No matter what you are drinking, I believe, everyone should feel included and healthy in the process” --Danii Oliver
According to Made in NYC: “Having grown up between St. Martin, the French West Indies, and Queens, NY, with a matriarchal heritage,.... seasonality and health are at the heart of Danii Oliver’s businesses. That’s why, beyond serving drinks, her taproom holds extensive, and most importantly inclusive programming.” “All craft beverages are made from the fusion of Arawak Caribbean and modern American craft brewing techniques. Ingredients are native or locally sourced in New York state. From the raw honey in the Jun (a non-alcoholic probiotic beverage) to the flagship cider, Purple Reign, made with apple, pineapple, sorrel, and cayenne pepper.”
Brooklyn Based’s Regina Bresler sat down with Danii and had this to say: “The space” Danii has created, “is intimate, emanating a nurturing energy one generally doesn’t associate with a bar.”
“Frequently bucking these isms…. Her space is a welcoming safe haven by design.”
Danii Oliver is not interested in beer that marginalizes people. As many people as there are on the planet, that’s as many styles of beer that there are in the world. Danii does not come to beer from the usual story of home brewing in the garage with the fellas. Danii’s Arawak Indigenous American family members have been brewing for generations. She picked up the techniques almost naturally, like genetic memory, on top of being inspired by watching her Trinidadian aunts who were home brewing; garden harvesting, practicing kitchen fermentation and conducting bottle swaps. All these craft beer practices were all a part of the culture Danii grew up in. While traveling back and forth between the Central America and North America her parents always brought bottles to share and trade exactly like digital can trades and local bottle shares today.
When asked, “What is it like to be one of the few women in the craft beer industry?”, Danii is often taken aback by the question as she has always seen women make beer, drink beer and share beers. She did not think she was entering a “male” industry she was only doing what brought a healthier option to the market and what she’s had a passion to make since she was old enough.
Danii was under 30 years old when she entered the craft beverage industry as a business owner. She has produced three (3) brands of beverage lines including House of Juice, Brooklyn Jun Brew and Island to Island Brewery. She’s currently working on expanding her farm brewery into a Texas Estate Brewery and Ranch Retreat. While the gears turn on Island to Island growth, Danii Oliver is spending 2020 on a the Beersgiving campaign following a three step plan to integrate the craft beer world with the skillsets of Military Families while creating tangible legacy plans for manufacturing, service and hospitality companies.