Women in Beer
In Episode 34 of the “Boys Are From Märzen” podcast, Kindsey Bernhard is joined with Ren Navarro of Beer.Diversity.
Through Beer.Diversity., Navarro addresses the lack of diversity and inclusion in the beer, wine and distilling industry and how these industries can improve through talks and consultations.
In Episode 33 of the “Boys Are From Märzen” podcast, Kindsey Bernhard is joined by Diamon Bell of Beer Is Not For Boys.
Bell decided to start Beer Is Not For Boys to show that women love craft beer just as much as men, if not more.
When we think about women in beer, it’s important to remember that beer is an industry like any other, made up a wide range of roles and responsibilities. Increasing representation of women in beer and creating an equal working environment means encouraging and supporting women in all areas of the industry, including fields that aren’t specific to beer itself, because the very nature of genuine diversity involves ensuring it exists across the board. One area women are making huge strides, both in numbers and in prominence, is the arena of beer writing. Once just as male-dominated as the brewhouse, the field of beer journalism has opened up significantly in recent years, with women putting themselves forward, and supporting and enabling their peers through a network of mentorship, collaboration and education. One of the women leading this particular charge has been PorchDrinking’s own Southwest editor, Pam Catoe.
In Episode 32 of the “Boys Are From Märzen” podcast, Kindsey Bernhard is joined with Eugenia Brown, founder of Beer Chick, LLC.
The Charlotte resident has turned her love of craft beer into helping other women of color who want to work in the beer industry through her Road to 100 initiative.
There’s something about working alongside family that can make things a little easier. When you don’t have to put on a face, you can get things done, you can make things happen, and you can use that to be a success. Generations of farmers know this, embrace it, and pass it on to their children. And sometimes that can lead to new business, innovation and tasty beer. Or, maybe that’s just the case for Grand Rapids, Michigan-based farm brewery, Pink Barrel Cellars.
Have you ever wanted to have a beer named after yourself? Well, all you need to do is found a city and then have a brewery open in that city 172 years later.
That’s what happened to Martha Ann Wood. Wood and her husband Bartholomew settled and founded the city of Hopkinsville, KY in 1796. There, Martha and her husband spent the rest of their lives with their 11 children.
In September of 2016, 172 later, another woman came and founded the city’s first and only craft brewery in Hopkinsville. Kate Russell founded Hopkinsville Brewing Co. and has since changed the minds of many small-town Kentuckians about what craft beer is.
In Episode 31 of the “Boys Are From Märzen” podcast, Kindsey Bernhard is joined by Megan Stone, media coordinator at Societe Brewing Co., and Jackie DiBella, co-founder of the Craft Beer Marketing Awards.
Apocalypse Brew Works in Louisville, Kentucky, has been preparing for the apocalypse since it first opened in 2012. The brewery’s name came about from a brainstorming session with co-founders Leah Dienes, Bill Krauth and Paul Grignon. All the good regional names had been taken and they were struggling for a name that would stand out. Seemingly out of nowhere, Krauth brought up “that end of the world thing.” “You mean, the apocalypse?” responded Dienes, who happened to have a label in her pocket she had designed for a humorous beer label competition at the Kentucky State Fair. She had made a zombie-themed label for a beer called Apocalypse Pale Ale. Realizing that it was prime fodder for coming up with all kinds of unique beer names, they decided they had a winner.
When they opened their doors, Jackalope Brewing Co. were the hip, new brand taking up space in a modest sized brewpub. Fast forward a decade and Jackalope Brewing have become respected pioneers and leaders of Nashville beer. They now operate out of a towering production facility in a rapidly growing city that seemingly sprouts one brewery for every new high-rise residential building.
You already know that Ravinia Brewing is coming soon to Chicago. You may be familiar with their Highland Park location, distribution throughout Chicago, or teasers for their new brewpub. If so, then you should also know the woman behind the scenes, Stephanie Kushnir. Stephanie is Head of Sales and Marketing for Ravinia Brewing. She’s getting Ravinia beer into our fridges and onto our feeds, all leading up to a highly anticipated opening right here in Chicago.
Larson has logged 10,000 backcountry miles with her two horses, including traveling three times from Mexico to Canada.
“I was absolutely terrified to walk through the door,” said the co-founder of Rabid Brewing in Homewood, Illinois.
She didn’t need to be.
In Episode 29 of the “Boys Are From Märzen” podcast, Jen Blair of New Realm Brewing joins Kindsey Bernhard.
Jen Blair is the Beer Program Manager at New Realm, co-host of False Bottomed Girls podcast and on the American Homebrewers Association Governing Committee.
In Episode 28 of the “Boys Are From Märzen” podcast, Ruvani de Silva of PorchDrinking joins Kindsey Bernhard.
In Episode 26 of the “Boys Are From Märzen” podcast, Kindsey Bernhard is joined by Natalya Watson, founder of Virtual Beer School, an online course that helps people prepare for the Cicerone Certification Program’s Certified Beer Server and Certified Cicerone exam.
In Episode 25 of the “Boys Are From Märzen” podcast, Kindsey Bernhard is joined by Kate Bernot of Good Beer Hunting and Craft Beer & Brewing Magazine.
A love story that has spawned a nationally renowned craft brewery, one that has pumped out some of the highest-quality and most eccentric beers found anywhere on the Gulf Coast, has humble beginnings. And no, it didn’t just start with a hand-built homebrew kit in the garage.
It started five years before that, with a gas station-bought fishing rod and a tin of sardines.
In Episode 23 of the “Boys Are From Märzen” podcast, Kindsey Bernhard is joined by Tamar Banner of To Øl in Copenhagen, Denmark.
Banner recently celebrated her 20th anniversary as a professional brewer. Banner spent time at Harpoon Brewery in Boston, New Belgium in Fort Collins and BrewDog in Columbus. In November, Banner took her talents to Denmark to become the head brewer at To Øl in Copenhagen.
In Episode 22 of the “Boys Are From Märzen” podcast, Kindsey Bernhard is joined by Whitney Way of City Star Brewing in Berthoud, Colorado.
Whitney Way calls herself the “Jill of All Trades” for City Star Brewing, and that title fits her perfectly. Way is a co-owner with her husband, John. She is also the general manager, the taproom manager, she does the brewery’s accounting and taxes and helps with the brewing.
In Episode 21 of the “Boys Are From Märzen” podcast, Kindsey Bernhard is joined by Sherry Wohlgemuth, the executive director of the Missouri Craft Brewers Guild.
Sherry Wohlgemuth was hired as the executive director of the Missouri Craft Brewers Guild in October 2018, becoming the guild’s first full-time, paid employee. Currently, the Missouri Craft Brewers Guild has 55 brewery members and four in the planning stages. The state of Missouri has more than 100 independent craft breweries.