Pair brews up not just beer, but economic independence, empowerment

Celeste Beatty loves danger.

You can tell not only from the way she spends her free time, but also from the way she picked the last two places she's lived.

When I called her one recent Sunday to confirm a scheduled interview, her business partner, Briana Brake, and she were just making landfall after a morning of kayaking on the Tar River.

Hark! Is that banjo music I hear?

Beatty, founder of the Harlem Brewing Co. and co-founder, with Brake, of Rocky Mount Brewery, lives in Harlem but recently purchased a crib in Rocky Mount. We spoke at the shiny, pristine brewery they operate out of the business incubator at the Rocky Mount Mill and via telephone after she went back to New York.