Having a beer generally happens in a very social atmosphere. At the bar, or going out to eat, outdoor festivals, or simple family gatherings.
As craft beer has exploded over the past decade, women have shifted their interests more and more to the wide variety of craft brews available, too. Some sweet, some dark, some wheat beers, some sours, but how do we know what to go for? We do a majority of the household shopping. So it makes sense that we want to talk about beer and get to more about the beverage. Luckily, just as homebrew clubs have grown around the country, female beer clubs have as well.
This post is dedicated to a few lady beer clubs that are accessible throughout Colorado, as well as around the nation. Also, I think it’s important to cover the industry organization for lady brewers, the Pink Boots Society.
This post features just a few of the organizations that are available that I will be highlighting this weekend, live on the Colorado Craft Beer Show! From 12:00pm – 2:00pm MST, tune in and listen to host John Turk and I who will be talking about the State of Craft Beer for both men and women throughout Colorado. Listen onnline or on your iHeartRadio App.
Feel free to email me if you have any lady beer clubs you would like to suggest. I will be sure to consider them for future posts. [firstname.lastname@example.org]
1.) Crafty Ladies Beer Club - Denver, CO
This club is a fairly new, but fast growing group of women that love learning about beer! They meet twice a month at the Highland Tap & Burger in Denver, CO, and they often go on brewery tours around the city and the state. A few times a year they have co-ed, sit down dinners, or brew day events with the area’s larger breweries. They are generally ticketed events, so you want to get on the email list [email@example.com] and buy your tickets quickly when they go on sale. A monthly event is usually $7.50. Seasonal dinners are more. VIP membership is also an option. Ask for Katie!
Mission: To educate the women in our community about the many craft beers of Colorado and beyond while getting to know each other and having a great time!
2.) Girls Pint Out & Colorado Girls Pint Out
Girls’ Pint Out is a national craft beer organization for women with chapters all over the country. Girls Pint Out originated in Indianapolis, Indiana in early 2010. The Girls Pint Out movement quickly spread to Arizona and Texas with charter chapters. Today, Girls Pint Out has more than 15 chapters nationwide giving women the opportunity to socialize and learn more about craft beer.While educational events are planned with women in mind, our social events ar
Mission: Girls’ Pint Out is an all-female organization that promotes solidarity between beer drinkers of the fairer sex. Through monthly events, field trips, meet-ups and drives, we seek to promote a sophisticated level of beer appreciation among women, and bolster the craft beer industry in general co-ed to encourage craft beer drinkers both male and female to further their journey into the craft beer community.
3.) Women Enjoying Beer
Women Enjoying Beer was founded by entrepreneur, Ginger Johnson to service the professional beer industry and to encourage female, beer enthusiasm.
Mission: Women Enjoying Beer (WEB) is an education based company that develops and serves the female beer consumers, starting with her first. WEB also works with professional beer community members to accurately and successfully market beer to women.
4.) Can Can Girls – Longmont, CO
An Oskar Blues ladies beer club, the Can Can Girls Beer Club is a fun group for women who love CRAFT BEER! We’re celebrating with beer dinners, beer-tastings, and everything in between. Get-togethers are the 3rd Thursday of the month, at 6:00pm, at the Tasty Weasel Taproom at the brewery in Longmont. Some special events will take place at other locations.
These are also usually ticketed events as they come with both beer and food pairings. Be sure to stay tuned to their Facebook page for updates on events. $12 usually per event.
Mission: Provide ladies with a FUN-filled beer experience, where you can learn about the good stuff amongst the company of friends!
5.) Ales 4 FemAles – Logmont, CO
Ales4Females is a female only event hosted two Monday’s a month in the Left Hand Brewing Tasting Room! This group also focuses on food and beer pairings and education, so expect their events to be ticketed as well. $12 usually for a ticket.
Mission: Ales4Females is inspired to bring together a group of women that want to have a fun evening discussing beer and food pairings, hearing a guest speaker from within the industry, and developing each member’s palate.
Stay tuned to their Facebook page for upcoming events.
—— IN THE KNOW —— Save the Date: September 8th ——
In fact, Oskar Blues, the Crafty Ladies and Ales 4 FemAles are hosting a collaborative hop pickin’ day at the OB Hops & Heifers Farm on Saturday, September 8th, 2013! 2pm – 5pm. Tickets are limited, so get them while you can! >HERE< $15 each – learn how to pick hops from Farmer Geoff! Trolley leaves 1:45pm at the Weasel.
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6.) Pink Boots Society
Pinks Boots Society is a world-wide, brewing specific industry association for females.
“If you are a woman anywhere in the world who earns at least part of her income from beer, you qualify for membership in the Pink Boots Society®.”
Mission: The Pink Boots Society was created to empower women beer professionals to advance their careers in the Beer Industry through Education.
Think you want to apply? You can do so: HERE.
Want to stay up to date with their newsletters? Sign up HERE.
Because they are an industry group, I find Twitter the most approachable platform to stay up to date with their news and events. They often post job openings, too! @PinkBootsBeer
That’s it for lady-centric social and industry group updates! Be sure to email me or join me online if you want to share your club, or a new favorite brew! FB/ThirstyGerman + @ThirstyGerman