Today is International Women’s Day, a day to celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievement of women. Throughout history women have played and instrumental role in the production of beer. It is a fairly recent development in human history that the term “brewer” became associated with members of the male sex, as expressed by stereotypical images of brewmasters as bald German men with handlebar mustaches or flannel-clad neckbeards in Utilikilts. No, for centuries humanity relied on women to create beer. (Photo above courtesy Pike Brewing.)
For women in the brewing industry International Women’s Day holds a second meaning. International Women’s Collaboration Brew Day (IWCBD) is an annual event that coincides with International Women’s Day. The event was first started in 2014, when 60 women brewmasters around the world simultaneously brewed the same recipe of craft beer. Today, the event finds women joining together in brewhouses all around the world to collaborate on beers.
All that having been said, tickets are now on sale for Pike Brewing’s Women In Beer event, which takes place on May 14th and is part of Seattle Beer Week. In short, the event is a celebration of the many roles that the women we love play in the industry we love. Here are more details about the event:
A Seattle Beer Week event at Pike Brewing Company celebrating women in the Northwest craft beer industry along with women owned and led restaurants, distilleries, chocolatiers and more. Now in its 7th year, Women In Beer proudly benefits Planned Parenthood of The Great Northwest and Hawaiian Islands.
Event attendees will be treated to tastes and bites from over 35 notable Seattle names as well as newcomers to our food and drink industry. Participating businesses will be updated shortly.
Pike Morning After Pale is the official beer of Women In Beer. This women-brewed beer also benefits Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest and the Hawaiian Islands.