Great Lakes Brewing Co. will sponsor a job fair in July for people interested in getting into the craft beer industry.

The event, called Tapping Opportunity, will feature representatives from breweries around Cleveland discussing and answering questions about job opportunities in the area. The fair is set for July 11.

The Brewers Association on Tuesday announced the job fair as part of its inaugural diversity and inclusion grant program. The Boulder, Colorado-based trade group is providing financial support for the event.

Great Lakes is still finalizing the details.

"As one of Ohio's largest and oldest craft breweries with a family of approximately 240 employee-owners, we feel we have a responsibility to continue striving for true diversity and inclusivity, and inspiring others to do the same," the brewery said in a prepared statement.

"The Tapping Opportunity event is a step towards eliminating perceived barriers to employment in the craft beer industry. It will give us and other local breweries a chance to show interested individuals the many opportunities and career paths available in craft beer. We hope our Tapping Opportunity Event will serve as a welcoming space for underrepresented groups in craft beer. We appreciate the Brewers Association's leadership and commitment to diversifying this industry we love, and we are excited to join them in this important work."

The Beer Institute and National Beer Wholesalers Association, in its most recent Beer Serves America report, estimated that the beer industry, including non-craft, supported more than 40,000 jobs in the brewing, wholesale and retail sectors in Ohio in 2016.

The Brewers Association awarded a total of $20,000 to six programs to support local and regional events. The individual amounts were not disclosed.

“These event organizers have truly embraced expanding to and engaging with new audiences," Julia Herz, craft beer program director for the association, said in a prepared statement. "The Brewers Association is proud to support them, and to continue this program in future years. Beer events connect people with beer and each other. Inspiring organizers to deliberately welcome a broad and diverse group of attendees is the opportunity and our goal.”

In addition to Great Lakes, grants were given to:

• Like the Fruit for the HeART and Soul Brew Fest in Richmond, Virginia 

• Fresh Fest Beer Fest, an event for black-owned breweries, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

• Hop Culture for Beers With(out) Beards, events that promote women in brewing, in Brooklyn, New York

• Raices Brewing Co. for Suave Fest, which focuses on Latinos in the industry, in Denver

• Mass Bay Brewing Co. for a Craft Beer Employment Fair focusing on diversity and inclusion in Boston, Massachusetts