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african american female brewer finds her ‘rhythm’

new haven, conn. (ap) — as the owner of alisa’s house of salsa on whalley avenue in new haven, alisa bowens-mercado has rhythm. now she has put that into making beer.bowens-mercado is the first african-american woman in connecticut to brew beer and one of only a handful across the country. as the owner of rhythm brewing co., she created the unfiltered lager, rhythm, at overshores brewery in east haven, celebrating her second canning day friday.“getting into this really is a passion,” bowens-mercado said. she’s diversifying the industry as one of the few women and few people of color brew craft beer anywhere in the u.s. “i’m tapping into a national thirst of what the craft beer industry is lacking.”when the canning and labeling begins, bowens-mercado turns up gloria estefan’s “rhythm is gonna get you” for good luck. and it’s working, she said.most read nation & world storiesunlimited digital access: $1 for 4 weeksrhythm is in its second run after selling out 100 cases in only two weeks, which marks a very well-selling beer, overshores brewery lead production brewer mike dryburgh said. overshores is a collaborative brewery that serves up its own brand but also works with other brewers producing their recipes. overshores works with breweries such as hulls, armada, charter oak and more.rhythm brewing co. specializes in producing unfiltered beer, which means “keeping the good stuff in,” bowens-mercado said.most mass-produced beers are filtered and paste...