Seattle Beer Week: Women in Beer 2015

Pike Brewing Company (part of the Seattle Eat Guide) graciously hosted the fourth annual Women in Beer event during Seattle Beer Week. The celebration featured women involved in the Northwest craft beer industry along with local women owned and operated businesses including; cheese makers, restaurateurs, cider makers, chocolatiers and more. Women in Beer took place on Monday, May 11, 2015 from 6:00 to 9:00 pm at Pike Brewing Company. Additionally the event benefited Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest.

Women consume almost 32 percent of craft beer volume, almost half of which comes from women ages 21-34. Aside from being consumers, women have a history of brewing beer as well.

The first person to historically document beer was Ninkasa, the Sumerian goddess. Ninkasa, AKA the goddess of beer, scribed a recipe for beer on a clay tablet. Women brewers were revered for their magical ability to transform granular sludge into grog. Women were the principal brewers for centuries and were responsible for introducing hops to the malty brew. Essentially, they were the original brewmasters!

By the 1700s, women brewers were commonplace throughout Europe. It was only during the Industrial Revolution, when commercial brewing was introduced, that men began to take over from women as master brewers.

Today with the Northwest craft beer revival, more and more women are taking the lead at local breweries as brewers, bottlers, sales persons, marketers, cicerones and owners. Female brewmasters are constantly producing new beers that have appeal for both male and female consumers and are flying off production lines. Women beer drinkers are palpable. They demand more more flavor, more complexity, more fruitiness, fewer calories and lower carbs. Women want beer with more style and character!

Women in Beer celebrates women’s historic role in beer and celebrates how women are molding today’s craft beer resurgence.

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Event attendees were treated to tastes and bites from over 35 local breweries, distilleries, cideries, cheese purveyors, restauranteurs, chocolatiers and more. Samples were available from noteworthy Seattle breweries as well as new additions to Seattle’s food and beverage industry. Tickets were $35.00 and included 10 drink tokens and unlimited tastes. Obviously, the event was SOLD OUT!

Women in Beer vendors included:

Airways Brewing, Andaluca, Balleywood Creamery, Beecher’s Handmade Cheese, Brave Horse Tavern, Brovo Spirits, Chuckanut Brewery, Copperworks Distillery, Downtown Spirits, Evolve Truffles, Finnriver Cider, Fremont Brewing, Full Throttle Bottles, Gelatiamo, Glendale Shepherd Cheese, Grand Central Bakery, Hale’s Brewery, Heritage Distilling, Iggy’s Foods, Luv Macarons, Mt. Townsend Creamery, Naked City Brewery, North Sound Brewing, Peddler Brewing, Pike Brewing, Populuxe Brewing, Propolis Brewing, Schooner Exact Brewery, Sidetrack Distillery, Simple & Crisp, Sky River Mead, Some Like It Tot, Spinnaker Bay Brewing, Stoup Brewing, Taylor Shellfish, Tease Chocolates, That Brown Girl Cooks!, Tieton Cider Works, Willapa Hills.

Highlights from the event included:

Pike Brewing Company served two limited-release beers at the event – Pike Morning After Pale, brewed just for this event and the Pike Unite Red Ale, which was brewed on International Women’s Collaborative Brew Day. I also got to meet Roseanne Finkle – owner and main lady at Pike Brewing Company. The night could not have ended any better.

Thanks for tuning in. I look forward to next year’s WOMEN IN BEER celebration!


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