Conjuring Up Equality: Witch Hunt provides education and advocacy for women in beer

If you’d told Witch Hunt co-founders Sarah Williams, Rose Picklo, and Barb Gettel a couple years ago that dozens of women would show up at 9am on a Saturday to brew beer and learn about the history of women in beer, they wouldn’t have believed it. Not because the interest wasn’t there, but because, until … [ Read more]

Is there really a need for women-targeted beer?

A new contract brewery directly targeting women is set to begin distributing next month, reports USA Today. High Heel Brewing is the brainchild of 20-year industry veteran and master brewer Kristi McGuire, formerly an employee of Anheuser-Busch and most recently a consultant within the craft brewing industry. McGuire, who’s based in St. Louis, has partnered with contract … [ Read more]

Happy International Women’s Day!

Women have always played a huge part in the creation of beer. In fact, the first homebrewers and “Brewsters” were female. “Women traditionally brewed beer,” says Professor Jeffrey Pilcher in his History of Drink course at the University of Minnesota, “It was a domestic thing and a homemaker’s job.” Women stayed on top of the beer … [ Read more]

Pink Boots MN panel sparks discussion on women in beer

Craft beer is a social drink and a beverage of celebration—and it was in that spirit of camaraderie and celebration that The Herkimer hosted the “Women in Beer” panel on Thursday, September 17, as a kickoff event for the Minnesota chapter of the Pink Boots Society. Pink Boots Society is a nationwide group dedicated to … [ Read more]

These Boots Were Made for Brewing: Pink Boots Society opens Minnesota chapter

Eight years ago, on June 15, 2008, brewmaster and beer expert Teri Fahrendorf started the ultimate girls-only club: the Pink Boots Society (PBS). On September 17 of this year, PBS opens its newest chapter—in the Twin Cities. PBS is the product of a cross-country road trip. Fahrendorf, a brewer since 1988, was on a mission … [ Read more]

Duluth Brewer’s Path Paved with Persistence, Powered by Pink Boots

Though inroads have certainly been made in recent years, the craft beer industry is still a largely male-dominated landscape. Duluthian Ginga Newton is a brewer who has been struggling to break into the field. For a number of years, she has settled for jobs on its periphery, biding her time and waiting for an opening. … [ Read more]

International Women’s Day

Saturday March 8th is International Women’s Day, and The Growler would like to celebrate it by thanking all the women who brew, drink, and support the craft beer industry.  As history shows, women have always been a huge part in the creation of beer. Actually, the first homebrewers and “Brewsters” were female. “Women traditionally brewed beer,” … [ Read more]