Saturday March 8th is International Women’s Collaboration Brew Day. Project Venus and The Pink Boots Society have organized this collaboration brew day in which over seventy different breweries around the world will be participating. Teams of women in the brewing industry will all brew a sessionable (4% ABV) Pal Ale called Unite and will add their own take and twist on the theme “Inspire Change.” Check out this article which talks about the San Diego women participating in this event. I think this is an awesome event that inspires, encourages, and makes known women’s presence in the brewing industry.
I will be celebrating International Women’s Collaboration Brew Day in my first day of Barrel aging class. This class will be taught by Tomme Arthur from the Lost Abbey and Patrick Rue from The Bruery and will be five hours long on two Saturdays. Although I won’t be brewing Saturday, I did recently brew with another woman from the first cohort of students in the UCSD Extension Brewing Certificate Program. We brewed a version of Hopworks Urban Brewery’s Survival Seven Grain Stout to bring to the Technology of Brewing final.
Here are some pictures from our brew day and the awesome homebrew setup my friend has at her place.
While we were brewing we got to talking about women in brewing. I told her I had shared my take on women in brewing (see this post ), but I was interested in what she thought. We spent most of our time talking about what lead to our interest in developing a career in the brewing industry rather than just being content with drinking and enjoying beer as a hobby. We both have science backgrounds that seem to fuel our desire to work in the industry. My friend is a chemist by training and loves how her passion for beer can also be combined with her love of science and engineering. Her kitchen looked like a chemistry lab as she meticulously adjusted the water chemistry of our brewing water. We eventually got off-topic during our discussion about women in the brewing industry and started going over the diagram of how glycol refrigeration systems work.
This month’s West Coaster Magazine had a lot of articles dedicated to women in brewing and I specifically liked the article “Women in the Brewplace” which highlighted the challenges of having a family while working in the craft brewing industry. The author of the article points out that many of the women working in the beer industry do not work for themselves, and, in “striving to fit into the male-dominated craft beer culture, women may be keeping these types of issues (family-related) to themselves and turning down opportunities.” The author talks about how important it is for “employers to reach out and have frank and open conversations with female employees about how to help balance family life with the amazing opportunities the craft beer world has to offer.” Here is the link to the full article.
Resources for Women in Brewing:
- If you are a woman and are looking to brew with other women check out SUDS Sorority, a new local homebrew club in San Diego.
- Chicks for Beer dinners at the High Dive.
Happy International Women’s Collaboration Brew Day!!!Tags: Barrel Aging, Chicks for Beer, Patrick Rue, SUDS Sorority, The High Dive, The Lost Abbey, The Technology of Brewing, Tomme Arthur, UCSD Extension