Happy International Women’s day! One Sunday in early February, I was honoured to join a group of brilliant women from Brighton and Sussex - who work in craft beer - to make a beer to celebrate International Women’s day. We made a 4% session IPA with a pale malt base using Mosaic, Simcoe, and Azacca hops. The outcome is a light, bright refreshing beer with a slightly bitter finish. It’s launched across various pubs, micro pubs, shops and bars across the region and nationally. Any profits will be donated to the Survivor’s Network in Brighton who help survivors of sexual violence and abuse in Sussex.
It was great to be involved in and meet so many fantastic women who are also inspired and work in Craft Beer.
It’s been a great year for women in beer with Sophie de Ronde head brewer of Burnt Mill winning the beer writers guild brewer if the year and also being named in the Observer Food Monthly Top 50. We’ve also seen Jaega Wise, head brewer of Wildcard elected as Director of the Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA) for the South East, helping really change things in the world of beer.
This year Gareth and I attended CAMRA’s Great British Beer Festival where the organisers banned all inappropriate pump clips and beer names. We noticed a real shift in the diversity of the crowd, and the trade day really showed a strong female presence. It’s great to see in the short time we’ve been running and planning Beer No Evil more recognition of women in beer, and more men and women speaking out about issues in the industry.
On International Women’s day many breweries open their doors and invite women to take part in International Womens collaboration brew day IWCBD. The theme this year is “Unite Tribute”. We’ll be hosting an evening with Emma Inch tasting several of these collaboration brews in April. Sign up here to receive information on our events.
We’ll continue to promote inclusivity at Beer No Evil, and continue to support diversity across the board, from both a male, female and LGBTQ perspective.
And back to the beer. I wanted to say a Big thanks to the following people for helping make it happen:
Jack, Head Brewer from the Hand Brew Co. He guided us through the process and answered our questions expertly.
Loudshirt Brewery for letting us use the brewery.
Last but not least, Emily Tilley who was kind enough to ask me to be involved and arranged the day.