Monday, December 30, 2013

Tasing Biérocratie!!

Looking for neighborhood beer culture inspiration?

Newly opened cave à bière has just the bureaucratic thing the 13eme needs


Holiday bottles to share

The newly opened craft beer bottle shop located at 32, rue de l'Espérance is owned by a young and beautiful married duo on hand at all times to lead you through the growing selection of local and import brews available in Paris, France.

Horaires d'ouverture :
Lundi & mercredi : 16h30 - 20h
Mardi, jeudi, vendredi & samedi : 11h - 20h

In French or in English, Pierre and Jaclyn are ready to help you discover your newest beer addiction. For me, it's Cycle Éphémère or Corinne Louise which we sampled during and meet and greet last week.


Holiday bottles to share

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and a full refrigerator stocked with beers to go

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With everything from beer soap, to beer vingaire, to beer fashion asscesories.

[caption id="attachment_2322" align="alignnone" width="696"]DSC_2148 Hand made local beer soap[/caption]

Beer hunters beware: Biérocratie is addicting! shelves packed with the best beers France has to offer, knowledgable owners on hand to educate and prices at a wallet friendly level. One is bound to spend more than passing time.

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those lucky enough to live in the area have learned that, although Heinekin might be cheaper, a share bottle of craft beer carries better than a case of green glass and cardboard. (feel free to leave your macro brew box outside when entering)


Follow Biérocratie to get up dates on the growing Parisian craft beer scene and high five the power couple behind the name who is holding down for craft beer in the 13eme.

CRAFT FRENCH BEER- coming to a neighborhood near you!



Sunday, December 29, 2013

Tasting- A la bière comme à la bière

A la bière comme à la bière


Located at 20 Rue Custine, 75018, this cave a biere/sampling bar/beer-shake hut is one of Paris's new cool craft beer kid hang outs.

Six month old A la bière comme à la bière is a play on a classic French proverb: à la guerre comme à la guerre. Which literally means at war as at war but is translated more like all's fair in love and war, or the ends justify the means.


Jean baliste and Clarel are on hand to help fit a beer to your current mood. And, if for some reason you aren't sure what you are in the mood for, they'll let you buy a few and take a sampling seat.

If they don't have enough room in their mini back area (as was the case when we were visiting) then they'll pull out some fold out tables and chairs. Why not sit right in the middle of the room, like we did, for a front door view and arms reach to all the beer shelves.

At beer as at beer

Taking it's fighting stand, ready to do what it has to do to survive- beer culture in Paris is blossoming at a spring fever rate!

If you haven't had a chance to stop by A la bière comme à la bière and aid in the cause, then I'd suggest hopping over for your favorite hoppy brew on a Friday evening. Just the right balance of bustle and body mass to make the shop stand out in the lonely, dim winter street but no drunk patrons or over pricing.


The young, hip and well mannered crowd inside were drinking a huge range of beers from Sierra Nevada to Rouge Dead Guy Ale.


My Ridiculous Co-Host and I here there for big bottles. Show me the big guns! Christmas bells ringing in our ears, we started by snatching up the last bottle of Rouge's Double Chocolate Stout. Ridiculous Co-Host chose it himself, and commented on how beers like this double chocolate stout make for a great after sex sip. Answering the question posted in a recent comment here on TastingNitch.


I chose to keep things holiday G-rated and picked out a Biere d'hiver by St. Rieul and Bon Veux by Dupont. After drinking the Rouge and Biere d'hiver at our randomly placed table, we decided to get our take home groove on because, like most of the other Friday night people, we had places to be.

Bon Veux got consumed over conversation and laughter.

We got drunk.

Abbaye De Saint Bon-Chien was spilt all over the house ( don't worry, a great deal got into our mouths) and was reviewed for beertube in a team effort to show young people the detrimental effects drinking has on one's ability to profile a beer.

Thank you A la bière comme à la bière for selling such outstanding beer for me and my Ridiculous Co-Host to slobber all over this winter season.

Looking forward to my next trip to the beer war zone where I'll be loading my belly with beer-shakes!




Thursday, December 26, 2013

Papa Noël's shrimp and Kernel loving beard


Noël !


What is better than stuffing one's face with oysters, shrimp with home made mayonnaise, vegan falafel, deviled eggs (aka mimosas en français) and sauvage saumon?

Stuffing one's face in good company while listening to christmas songs and discussing beer! That's what!

The Noël Box

This winter season left Nitch family-less, partner-less and in a general, "bah-humbug, it's just another day," kinda mood.

Until recieving a box on christmas eve.

Santa came early and he came in the form of a a three headed english man: The Craft Beer Channel. Jonny and the gents from The Craft Beer Channel had sent over a box of hand selected craft brews from the UK and mailed them over to Paris just in time for christmas diner!

Watch me unwrapping the box of goodies here.

The Noël Drink

With two bottles of beer mail in tow, I attended a private dinner party with the family of my Marilyn Monroe like friend.

The Kernel


Santa's Beard


Marilyn picked up on the caramel notes of Santa's Beard but explained that champagne was the chocolate cookie of Christmas in her French upbringing:
"We always had to leave a glass of champagne out for Santa before we went to bed."

The Noël Food

Marilyn's sister is married to a Columbian man who whipped up a guacamole like it was bread and butter. He also happened to be a beer fan and had some nice German lagers on hand. We were able to wade through Spanish vs English accented French to discuss the differences between lagers and ales. Education is key to enjoyment, I educated myself with his guacamole recipe while he sipped on the best fermented hops this side of the ocean.

La Mère buzzed around with arm loads of excessively delicious foods in quantities that would have suggested an army was in attendance.

I did my personal best to put a dent in the two kilos of shrimp. Because I wanted to eat them and no one else knew how. I realized that no matter how badly one might want to stop eating, there is always room for more cheese... cheese cake... chocolate tiramisu... and beer... or champagne. At more than one point we made references to La Grande Bouffe.


The Noël Bisous!

Kisses to everyone this holiday season! I can't wait to see what everyone else eat, drank and discussed for this year's Christmas eve feast.


Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Tasting- 3ter Triple Blonde au cafe


A Goutte D'or and Lomi Cafe collaboration

urlTwo of Paris's leading innovators in hand crafted sipp'ables have joined forces like Rocky and Bullwinkle to create a beer the likes of Paris (and the world!) has never seen:

3 ter

Triple Belgian blonde ale with coffee

The unveiling of 3ter drew in the who's who of Paris's craft beer scene with an invite only event at Lomi Cafe on 3ter (thus the brew name) rue Marcadet, 75018 PARIS.

We've seen stout and coffee, porter and coffee, and even some lager and coffee but not yet have I had the pleasure of crossing paths with a belgian blond and coffee (if you have, please share the information!).

Check out a kickass film clip created by Monsieur Brice showcasing 3ter and the men behind like rockstars.

The Beer

Appearance wise 3ter is a delight with a slightly chill hazed tawny orange.

Smells of yeast breads and belgian beer spice abound but some apple/fruity tangs creep in around the edges.

The taste is where things go slightly array as the word cafe sticks in one's mind while the Belgian yeast esters blast banana and fruity apple zing. Spiced breast, banana and finishes with a slightly roasted bitter... coffee?

Mouthfeel is best described as a slick and buttery breaded roll that lingers on the palate- Hello Belgium!

Overall I'd say that 3ter is a great Triple Blonde ale! And if I sip on the two coffees brewed for the event, which were added to the beer, then I can say things like, 'yeah, I get some of that coffee bitter at the end," or "some of the roasted notes some through on the nose," but in actuality my mind is willing a change to reality. The coffee might add some of that spiced apple wassle to the finish, but then again my over caffeinated mind might be playing holiday tricks on me again.

How much caffeine does 3ter pack? Will we be able to substitute this for our morning coffee?

Not likely. There wasn't any testing done to determine how much caffeine 3ter will inject into your brain, but the amount isn't likely to be very noticeable. Bummer. But it also means that we can safely drink without becoming Four Loko health risks.

The Coffee


Not all Parisian coffee is equal and not all beans are created equal. Lomi Cafe uses only Aribca beans,
"...not because we are prejudice but it's hard to find a Robusta grown with the same care."

Two coffee additions were made to 3ter:

Kenya roast (the larger cup pictured above) was fresh ground next to the brew kettle, added to a muslin sack and let to rest in the wort for about 7 minutes before. The Kenya brew is tangy and bitter with huge roasted coffee notes and a crazy strong earthy smell. This bean was processed using the washed method.

Costa Rican roast (the smaller cup picture above) smells of cinnamon and warm apples, tasting like a spiced christmas wassail and bitter apple peel. This blend was dried with the cherry bit still attached and then removed before roasting. This distinct ground was brewed and then added to the bottle conditioning.

We aren't coffee experts here at Tasting Nitch, we are beer people, but it never hurts to learn some other crafty lingos and get our equatorial bean on.

Fun Fact: DO NOT LEAVE YOUR GROUND COFFEE IN THE FRIG! According to our professional friends at Lomi Cafe it not only does not prolong the life of your grind beans but the change from heat to cold and moisture will absorb away the better flavors of the batch. Leave your grounds in a cool, dark back cupboard for best results. And this is coming from the 2011 Latte art champion, people so, ya know, he knows some shit about coffee.


The Label Let Down

rocky_bullwinkle1Although not 100% bull, beautiful label design and slick movie clip advertising can't change the fact that 3ter isn't what we were expecting. Label let down:

"le café n'est pas la, mais c'est très équilibré"


What were we expecting? To be impressed but not attacked by coffee and malts. Creating something new is always a risk and if there had been too much coffee roast on the Belgian blend then no one would have drank at all. So the safe road is to down play the coffee, catering to the traditional Belgian brew aware French palate.

But, personally, if something has an ingredient on the label (cough, cough- coconut) then I'm expecting a distinct representation of that ingredient.

3ter is a beautiful triple Belgian ale that has yet to display itself as a triple blonge with coffee. Give it more time perhaps and that duel yeasting might settle down a bit and allow the ample amounts of added coffee to stand out more, but for the time being we are looking at a beer that shines in concept. At least it is enjoyably drinkable unlike some strange ingredient french beers we've encountered.

Beautiful people, beautiful mouth amusings and simply the best Paris to offer- until the next batch. We want more COFFEE! We want more Lomi Cafe and Goutte D'or!

Thank you both companies for hosting such a great event to display your lasted experiment, Paris awaits your next batch with caffeine glazed eyes and yeasty lips.


Saturday, December 7, 2013

After work beer review- Sierra Nevada Pale Ale

What to drink after work?

Nitch's got you covered with a Sierra Nevada Pale Ale video review.

I finished working at the pub and, although I usually go for a Brooklyn IPA because the hops will blast through all the vodka shots I've been taking all night, I picked up a Sierra Nevada Pale Ale and was delightfully surprised by how enjoyable it was. Simple, crisp, clean and not mass produced muck I had thought it was.

urlSomething about Sierra Nevada had me thinking that the company had sold to one of the big macro brew companies, thusly landing itself on my "it's fine but I don't want to give my money to the man" list.

After some net searching I found I was completely fucking wrong (nothing new there) and was thinking out my ass.

If anyone knows WHY I would have thought that (something in the news?) please let me know.

Sierra Nevada might be a staple of normality where you come from, but we are one of the only bars on the block that sells it (for some strange reason) and I recently got around to drinking a bottle. My first Sierra Nevada Pale Ale in decades.



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Friday, December 6, 2013

The Session #82- A Late Night December Beer

session Welcome back

to another beer blogging friday session circle! Tonight's topic is brought you by Beers I've Known

"The nights are drawing in, there may even be snow, what better way to enjoy a beer than in front of a log fire. Turn that TV off and talk to your drinking compatriots."

Here in Paris, as the days get colder and colder, the streets get more and more gaudy, and we are forced to greet the fact that less of our paychecks will be dedicated to boozing. Tis the season for sales and forced family enjoyment.

Unfortunately, yours truly has neither the paycheck for sales nor the family to avoid. So I've decided to share my beery tales of woe and heartbreak around a smokers circle on a late Parisian Sunday evening.

Let Uncle Tom play, while you read:

Warm beer and cold women


I don't have anyone to go home to in the cold, so after closing the pub on Sunday night, or rather Monday morning at 4am, I joined the buzzing drunks at

The last late night beer joint in Paris

 An underground beer drinking adventure in December.

As we close our bar late, we are nearly the last ones standing.

But not the last. So we few, partially sober souls, go for an after work drink. This isn’t a simple 'quick one with the friends before heading home because you have to work tomorrow', this is the last open beer joint in Paris.

By the time we (the second to last crew) shuffle into the bar and remove our layers of winter gear, our security man, who leaves with the drunk exodus as we close, is already having relationship issues and finding new romances.

The bar’s bar staff are all men and women of the saloon area. They chose family life and also a night time existence- they are some of the most insane people on the planet. Rotund, expressive ex-Hell’s Angels and gothic ex-beauty queens.

The crowd are all the last men standing. They are each that one experienced drinker in the group who is always ready for another shot. That cheery fellow who chats with strangers, uses drug to excess for his entire life and is prone to wonder off in search of wilder landscapes. When he goes ghost- the last late night beer joint is where he goes.

The last girl standing before me had dropped out of the haze mid way into our first beer upon entering. She had likely already been there for several hours (or days), as she had three men in tow all flirting with her oblivious of their rivals equal intentions. She was able to navigate her way to the bathroom with efficiency, unassisted by said crew. As the last female in the pack, I must have looked like a giant stuffed chicken standing in a room full of bulimics.

A man in a holiday hat (unfashionably too soon, in my opinion) falls from the bar while asking the cherry cheeked bar man if Guinness has more alcohol than the other beers. I'll be safe as long as they can't see me.

This festive early December grew would have been interesting but my brain on a backwash of wondering what it was that my manager had ordered for me to drink. I could only stare at the glass in my hand appalled that he hadn't consulted me for my order, and this was what I got. I say that he ordered it for me as if it were a blended strawberry margarita and I was aghast by his presumptuousness when in actuality it was a commercial lager, much worse. He ordered in bulk and we all got our load of liquid gold. Many times was the beer sloshed around, small pieces of it being heartlessly discarded. Maybe it needs that rice adjunct so that it can feel better about losing so much of  itself to dirty beer joint floors.
"Joyeux noel!"

He shouted to our circle and we all made a clinking cheers to the winter season. I didn't want my beer, it made my hand cold and my stomach hurt. Maybe that was in my mind, not my stomach, but rather it was Heineken, Pelforth, 1664 or some other fizzy yellow mess, I could only ponder as to why someone would drink such a thing this close to Christmas. Is this considered being naughty? Will beer Santa punish me?

When I was done divining my future by way of beer froth, I had already made the rather forceful suggestion that we all have another drink. I make myself sound tough here, as if I was pushing the lager swilling like a frat brat but in reality I had handed my ½… 3/4ths… unconsumed beer to a larger male co-worker, mouthing something about how it tasted like failure. He accepted it with a concerned look and I roused the team to finish their drinks so we could surface for a second go. I wanted a whiskey to burn out the lager taste.

The surface level of the bar came with a welcome blast of nearly breathable air, unlike the lower level where the smokers are. The submarine downstairs is a windowless, black painted concrete box attached to the bathrooms. The outdoors is cold and wet, us careless drunks are likely to slip to our death and our jovial singing outdoors bothers the local residents. So if you feel the need to chain smoke your heroin high down then underground is where you belong. And where all the best mingling is.

As we settle back into the cigarette fish tank, I protectively hold my over priced Jameson like a cross, thinking "fizzy yellow beer is for wussies," and count the amount of people who are drinking pints of piss.


What an unlucky frickin number.

People can't see their beer, let alone smell or taste it, so no wonder they need drugs to help enjoy their evening.

I witness a moment of mixed childlike/apelike wonder where half the smog chamber assembly converge on one of the walls to inharmoniously bang out beats (artists, them all) and I realize that they think I am the most insane person they have ever met. I, whom hasn’t snorted anything in a nearly a decade, is trying to relate with people who are out at a bar at 6:30 am on a Monday. I carry baby carrots, hand lotion and 90% cocoa chocolate with me to all my bar shifts. I’m the perfect balance of flirty bar maid and assertive bar wench. I have detailed serving recipes sorted in my brain to such a degree that I can’t even access them without triggers. I have to be reminded of a drink before I can think of it, I am a professional drinker on a different level from these people but these late night monsters are my holiday relatives and I we are stuck together for the season. Might as well order another drink and try to speak French.

This is the place where you can do whatever you want, be whomever you want- wear sunglasses in the dark, proclaim your love for America after mocking John Wayne or creep around like a chicken and make dinosaur noises. It's the family living room. Most of these people would never converse on a normal occasion, but this is a holiday and we trapped here by the bar fireplace.

You don't have to say goodbye when you leave, everyone understands that there is only so much family time a person can handle. The security guy is like Dad at the door, asking where you are going for the rest of the evening. He is going to lock the door behind you and you won't be welcome back until the next day.

As the taxi rolls along the winter festival streets, starting to hum with early holiday shoppers, the sun is starting to melt up from the side of the planet where all the good beer is made. Hop plants have been soaking in the sun for hours and here I am, just ending a day that is starting. I hope my family is doing okay and that the late night beer joint doesn't run out of beer before tomorrow. See you there!


Saturday, November 30, 2013

Black Bear Beer

Over on Tasting Nitch BeerTube we got ourselves a new beer review

A Morning Beer Review!

Black Bear Beer


Which, as I have mentioned here, is my current favorite French craft beer for a number of reasons. Not only does the style tickle my fancy being a heavily chocolate-malted black IPA but it packs a boozy punch at 10.5% ABV. I love mingling around a bar with a glass full of deathly looking brew and Black Bear Beer delivers on more than just aesthetics. There is love in that bottle, you can tell that someone labored over that beer to get the right balance of roasted malt to hop ratio. An entirely smooth drink that goes great with hardy beef dishes, chocolate desserts and tangy bold cheeses.

Alas, much like my first Brasserie de Fleurac review, I got myself a beer that wasn't ready for the reviewing.

Good morning Nitch, go fuck yourself.

That is what I get for drinking in the morning- the universe is trying to tell me something.

'Try another beer'

I've emailed Greg at Brasserie de Fleurac but am still waiting for a response. Hopefully he hears my cries for help and sets me up with some of their beer that I will REALLY be able to show off because hey deserve some positive attention. And so does my mouth. I'm tired of drinking malted wines.

Enjoy the disaster that is

Tasting Nitch

Morning Beer Review

Black Bear Beer

And if you know of any really good Quadruple Black Ipas- do tell, because that's ma new thing and I found a website that can ship me stuff!


Monday, November 25, 2013

The bigot in all of us- A beer culture classroom

Welcome to

Nitch's School of Higher Hypocritical Learning!

Today kids, we are going to talk about tolerance and French words, ooookay!

Now, first of all children, it's always good to know what a word means before we start throwing it around like an old dolly. So lets ask what bigot means:
A person who is intolerant of any ideas other than his or her own, especially on religion, politics or race.

Who do we know that has recently been accused of being a bigot?


Mr. Adrian Dingle. Yes, that is right! No need to ALL shout at once.

Can you name someone else you know who is 'intolerant of any idea other than his or her own?"

who me?

If you pointed to yourself- you get a gold star! imgres

 happy_face_stickers-r10164cf370664ffe8e2a1562b30e866d_v9waf_8byvr_50Mr. Dingle (aka Ding) might not be the most popular beer blogger in the class, but he gets a smiley face next to his name because he old the truth.

I had asked Mr. Dingle to personally email me the article he pulled from The Session #81: Women in Beer Culture.

"Hey Nichole

You owe me nothing, I understand that, but I would really appreciate a SENSIBLE, PRIVATE conversation about it. I hope you'll be able to do that.


images-4I apologize for not being able to keep this one private Ding, but I think there is a valuable lesson to be learned here that the entire beer loving network can benefit from.

Reading The Article

When one reads the article that Mr. Dingle was badgered into removing (and you can read it here, seeing as how the class has made a point to hunt down a virtual copy and post it on the bathroom wall) one's eyes might jump to things like:

"...I do strongly believe that beer has a gender, and it’s not female."

"...‘natural’, norm..."

"...a natural law..."

 "...‘the way it is’..."

"...I find the image of a woman with a pint glass in her hand, truly and quintessentially unfeminine..."

Mr. Dingle starts off his piece by saying that he has spent some real time and thought on his post (unlike SOME of you, you know who you are), and that he is aware that the content is controversial. So, let us take the background that Mr. Dingle offers us, and we will realize that he simply has not the social skills available nor the personal forward desire to be closed into a well heated room with creatures of the opposite sex.

"...pubs were a refuge for men - a place to be away from women..."

"...where men went to get away from all things female rather than to meet and socialize with women."

He firmly believes that beer is a man thing. And, that's completely correct, it very much used to be. All the sentiments that Mr. Dingle relates, the tales of his upbringing and shaping of his ideals are things that, at one point in history, were very much true.

As we all know from your beer history class, though, before beer was bloke'ish, it was queen'sih. Isn't that right Mr. Torres?

Beer has always been a guy thing for Ding and he doesn't question it. Who are we to pull him onto the revolutionist playground?

Remember the definition of a bigot? A person who is intolerant of any ideas other than his or her own...

isn't true

And being true or not has never stopped humans from believing in something. The Bible might not be 'true' to everyone but it is true to some people. Should be burn down all the Bible blogs next?

Ding the Bigot

You are a walking tabloid, the man people love to hate and, like it or not Mr., you are the villain until someone else is tagged. Many people in Hollywood today have made their fortune being that rude, opposition guy but I don't think you do it simply to get attention. I am interested in what you say because you give a point of view that is straight line shit, honest to your bones and a great reminder that not everyone thinks like everyone else.

As I stated on twitter

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I KNEW you were going to say something fucked up and I was extremely excited to have my jaw hit the floor in disbelief.

I was surprised, however that you pulled the article. It was a mistake. It showed the rest of the class that they had the power to influence you to change who you are, because you aren't them.

The bigot in all of us

Pint glasses really AREN'T very lady like. In my opinion they aren't even very proper beer representation at all. By the time you drink half why through the 50cl of beer, the oils from your lips have messed the head all up and the carbonation has started to lean, not to mention the factors from the heat conversion of your hand through the glass. Which is part of the reason why a beer glass like this one was made.url-2

None the less, I look amazing while holding a pint glass (because I always look amazing) and never assume a man to judge me for my drinking vessel. If Ding would refuse my flirtations because I was holding a pint, so fucking be it, his loss and why does that matter to anyone else? Are there any readers thinking, "damn you Ding, NOW I know why I haven't met my prince charming! It's all my damn pint glass holding?!" I think not.

In fact, from reading The Session #81's posts it seems that many couples were brought together over women holding pint glasses (or their willingness to do so).

Perhaps it is my, leave the weird kid alone (his parent's likely own guns) syndrome but I felt the need to to sit you all down like this and liberally use the fuck and shit words, because in America (and it isn't the case in all parts of the world) freedom of speech is right. It's a right because it allows for greater learning.

Let us look at Mr. Dingle's blog with insight and avoid taking it personally. If youtube has taught us anything it is that creative criticism is always welcomed, but straight out harassment has never been accepted (although it is sometimes funny, that's besides the point).

French lesson

As with most romance languages French words have genders. In French female words usually (but not always) are denoted by an E at the end. In all cases there is a LA (female) or LE (male). Correctly comment below the genders of each of the following words and you'll get to leave early for snack time!

The Beer- La bière

The Glass- Le Verre

The Pint- La Pinte

The Bar (as in pub)- Le Bar

The Brewery- La Brasserie

For extra points! Is bigot (a word originating from France) a masculine or feminine word?

Good Work Everyone!

Those of you who get the point may now leave.

When you come back we'll all be sharing stories!! The Session #82's Beery Yarns!

When story time comes, lets all make sure to pack in close and leave room in the line for the sugar bowl.


Sunday, November 24, 2013

The Session #81- Round 'er up!

session The Session #81 Women and Beer Round up

Not late, highly fashionable

"I am invariably late for appointments- sometimes as much as two hours. I've tried to change my ways but the things that make me late are too strong, and too pleasing."
-Marilyn Monroe

monroeSo I'm walking into the round up for The Session #81 a bit late. I'm a citizen beer blogger after all and like Cinderella at the ball, I try to push the party right to the last, stumbling frickin minute.

At least I look good while doing it. mySuperLamePic_635af03926d5714c39d2353cc75d024e

And now,

without further strutting, here is an all comprehensive list, in no particular order, of the world beer blogging society's thoughts on Women in the craft beer culture:

(Like how Women was capitalized, see what I did there, intentional.)

imagesAt 10th Day Brewing Mr. Jefferson went knee deep in feminism and interviewed three ladies of the craft: Bonnie Steinman is part of the team that owns and runs Hop Head Farms in Hickory Corners, Michigan, Amy Sherman out of Grand Rapids Michigan and The Great American Beer Trail, and finally Marie Cummins from Chicago, Illinois and Down the Hatch. What I love is not only do all the women enjoy seasonal beers but one gives a quote I'll use in later life,

"It’s rather trendy right now for brewers to brew a big beer with an even bigger bite. Personally, I think it takes skill to create the silky, sweet nibbles you find in a well-crafted porter."

I love porters.

Jefferson shows that there is diversity and creativity in the culture of beer no matter who you ask (and what questions you ask.) These women had so many fun and insightful things to say one can see why craft beer people are the best people in the world. Both men and women helped to shape the history of beer in our current day and with amazing ladies like these in the circle, the future of beer looks to be shaping up nicely.


imagesAlan took my personal Session request and dealt out a bit of a history lesson, which he is so magnificent at doing. A Good Beer Blog: Ontario: Women And Beer Before Temperance in which he sites the important of temperance and trains. Alan has a literal library of references in his (what I imagine is) rustic log Canadian cabin, with titles like In Mixed Company by Julia Roberts and  Wives and Mothers, School Mistresses and Scullery Maids: Working Women in Upper Canada 1790-1840 by Elizabeth Jane Errington resting within his reach.

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He points out that when you are in a town aka near a brewery, you can get yourself a beer but before trains one wanted to load their cart up with the most concentrated form of hooch available- likely whisky. Living on a farm- beet beer anyone?

imagesTaking time to contemplate the shift of gender roles, Sean at Beer Search Party puts his male neck on the line and asks some heated questions.

How do we get more women brewing? He refers to the concept of the the "stick and the carrot," women in beer being the horse- how do we get this nag a movin? Sean suggests some carrots- women may no have extremely different palates from men but they do often pick up on different tasting notes and have different preferences. Lets hope that the ratios of male to female DO increase in the coming years, through education, good beer making and lots of carrots.

Ton conclude he suggests that this is probably is just going to piss you off.

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imagesMark at Kaedrin Beer Blog steps up to the plate with a strong stance that women in beer is a healthily growing demographic and he is curious to see if anyone takes the bait in my announcement: "Are there any men out there who think that women in beer is a bad thing?" Yikes, who would think that? " (Ding da Ding, Ding, Ding!)

You know what really made my jaw drop though, this question: is the beer bottle a phallic symbol?

Now, why haven't I though of that? I hate when people drink beer from the bottle. I prefer a nice stemmed tulip glass, like what is served with all beers at La Fine Mousse, Paris. Rod vs cup? Extremely interesting physiological question!

Mark (and his female counter part) are beer feminists:  "I don't see a difference between men and women when it comes to beer. Ultimately, it's just beer. You drink it. It's not that complicated, and your reproductive parts don't really play a role. Amiright?"

Yes, yes, you are!

imagesSheppy's aptly named Sheppy's Blog starts out with his pleading notes on how he is a #SexistPig and how he hopes that the Scary Beer feminists won't angry comment him to death. (Does that happen?! Keep reading)

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Don't worry ol' Sheppy, "Good Beer makes people happy whether or not they are male or female," (he said that himself!) So rather or not his sexisim blares rampant, good beer drinkers are good people and generally try to avoid angry comments. (Generally.)

My LOL moment:  Him and his wife attended the Great American Beer Festival a couple weeks ago and, "As far as I know ... this is the only place in the UNIVERSE where the women's restroom line is non-existent compared to the line for the men's restroom. My wife literally walked right in. My line was huge." That makes me happy.

The gooey bit: "Probably had something to do with the fact that the person I looked at then most is most definitely a woman."

Sheppy loves women (his woman) and although he claims to be a #SexistPig he seems to know that marketing isn't going to change his (or anyone else's) life to drastically. Naked women don't cause me to buy beer and (because he already has an official beer model) neither does it effect Sheppy. Case being, women get shorter bathroom lines and have all the greatest men. Beer geekdom will one day be 50-50 and us beer geek girls will have to share our wealth. Someday!

imagesBike Beer Fun's Yayeeh Schönborn jumped on board the Session train with a fantastic article. As far as my google translate can tell me, she has some strong opinions about this topic and has over heard many conversations in restaurants where women have been pressured to order cocktails because beer is for men. What a horrible restaurant! Leave that place and never go back. After ordering yourself a few large pints of the darkest beer they have, of course.


She also points out an interesting fact likely overlooked, that at no point in history has beer actually been specifically forbidden to women. Social restrictions are they only thing that has separated women from pints.

And, our all time favorite WFTCBW (women for the craft beer win) slam dunk: women have better beer tasting palates than men. But I bet you haven't heard that in Spanish!
"...así como también que el paladar de las mujeres aprecia mejor los sabores y por lo tanto, pueden catar, degustar mejor los sabores en una cerveza."

Now ya know!

imagesJim at Drinking Class came up with: Women are Different than Men! Who'da thunk it? Jim knocked my socks off in more than one way with his article. He not only does he try to relate to women in the craft beer scene by his personal experiences but also goes to great lengths to pull up some references.

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Do I agree with most of the post?... Not entirely. Women like complex brews, IBUs and non-sweet things to the same extent that men do (market research or no), but women have had less education in the area of  love your beer. Contrary wise (it's a word) they have been educated to be objects of beer consumerism, thusly they enjoy wine for the sheer fact that wine compies never post billboards with girls covered in wine caps. Wine is classy, artistic and meant to be sipped (not all wine is sweet), while beer is a man's world.

I agree with Jim that more research needs to be done in the area of women and craft beer and also agree that women often have flavor preferences different from men- but not because they have vaginas. Rather women have been raised on sugar and spice.

Next step: flavor profiling for homosexuals?

imagesBeerbeque- Why Women Shouldn’t Drink (my) Beer.

What is there ever to say about Mr. Beerbeque and his Haybag that a fit of tearful laughter can't explain. He ponders on why women have began to enjoy beer:

sexist-schlitz-beer-ad-from-the-1950s"I mean, is there some sort of Cosmo shortage? Is that why you’re swooping on one of our last remaining domains? Did widespread frost decimate this year’s appletini crop?"

Don't worry, The Haybag assumes with the rest of us readers that Mr.Beerbeque is being satyrical. Proving that ones doesn't need to take this shit too seriously. When I start ranting to CAMRA members about how women will one day take back the craft beer thrown that has been so long withheld from us, it's to poke fun in the same way. Have a beer (not Beerbeque's) and have a laugh.

"You hear that beeping? Yeah, that’s the entitlement bus, and it needs to back the fuck up."

imagesBeer Tinted Spectacles- Women and Beer: Nothing To See Here, Folks.

David is sick and tired of hearing this bullshit about boobs and beers. Brewsters, scary beer feminists and shut the trap up about this useless topic. Beating a dead horse? Why not, it's not going anywhere and we have nothing better to do. Besides, the point we are trying to make is that women are like any to other drinker:

"I dare anyone who encounters the salami and smoked roast meat flavours of Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier not to find it extremely challenging when they first try it."

mySuperLamePic_a78e8a52d582c4340b64fc0e3d0d3d26David points out that the issue of women and beer isn't an issue about the taste of beer, neither is it demographics, male to female brewer ratios or male geared advertising, but rather a cultural shift. Women rebalancing into the world of craft beer has less to do with female palates and more to do with vaginas. More specifically the fact that us ladies don't have to be in continual child birth for 20 years (like his great gran who made 14 babies over the course of her life).

"I do believe it has a lot to do with our post industrial society and the behaviour that it breeds: approaching equality in many more aspects of our home and work life."

Just think, women aren't making as many babies so now we have time to make batches of beer, possibly if your mother hadn't had you, maybe she would have been Charlie Papazain. Selfish demands of life!

imagesCarty is a Self Obsessed Beer Snob who also doesn't understand why women in beer is a novelty topic. He's been blessed with a brewster filled life including:

His mum: Wash your hands before dinner? Try, wash your hands before touching that brew kettle young man! Carty's mum taught him not only how to homebrew but it's her nurse infused cleanliness that taught him to wage war against bacteria in the brewing process.

The three female owners of The Wheatsheaf Hotel: His first beer nerd hang out happend to be filled with a majority of female regulars who imparted geeky goodness in abundance.

Jayne Lewis from Two Birds Brewing

His love: there is no better equalizer than that of romance. Carty shifted his girlfriend drinking habits from wine to beer and now they are a carft beer crunching couple made in heaven.

Basically Carty is a ladies man who attracts women like a blue light on a porch at night. The guy can't see the oddity of women in beer, because he is crowded by intelligent craft beer ladies. Damn.

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imagesMr. Will VonSchlapper's Adventures With Beer also begins and ends with love bubbles as his first steps into craft beer were inspired by his (now wife's) gentle encouraging words,
"You don’t have to drink shit beer, you’re not a student any more!"

God bless insightful beer loving women.

imagesBook and Baily had written a long piece about women in British brewing and beer campaigning in September, and also wrote about the sexualisation of female bar staff, so decided to focus this time on women as pubgoers.

Or rather more specifically, women as pubgoers in 1930's Bolton, Lancashire. B&B points out that beer lounges for ladies who like expensive bottled beer is no longer a trendy thing because,

"...women entering pubs alone are no longer assumed to be prostitutes or ‘asking for it’."

Well... that's debatable.

GndzjF1385306854But I see what B&B was getting at; we don't need to segregate women anymore because of our cultural changes. To be frank (the act of, not the person), when I'm out at craft beer bars I go out of my way to be an example of female politeness. I don't want men getting the idea that women have to be bloke-ish to enjoy beer, but likewise I don't pretend to be a frickin high tea and hot bubble bath kinda girl either. Ladies only beer lounge, no thank you. Beer lounges in general, yes please!

imagesDrunken Speculation's ammo bought this shirt because she's a she!

" hasn’t been until this post that I think I’ve even mentioned my gender because I don’t see it as or want it to be an issue."

She goes on to state that if breweries were to ignore the growing demographic of women in beer it would be to their detriment and I completely agree. The misconception that women only like fruit beers and sugared lagers is slowly becoming a thing of the past.

Google "beer for women" and bad things happen:


"We’re not all bimbos like the majority of those pictured above and you’ll do well to include us in your marketing strategies."

Hear hear sista!

imagesIn cervesio tackles the topic in Spanish with a title that tickles my selfish pro-fem feelings: Sin cerveza no habría civilización y sin mujeres no habría cerveza or Without beer there would no be civilization and without women there would no be beer.

He gives us a great history lesson on the important of ancient female brewing importance, including a king who choses his queen by her brewing skills.

"...the king decides to retain that which on his return from the war has prepared the best beer." -The Book Lover

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And, although he goes forward in time to describe the meaning behind the revival word brewster and credits women for sustaining brewing techniques through a long history he also can't avoid blaming us for light lagers.

"...the creation of light beer in the 40's. Originally this  style  of beer was created for the female market, launching their ideas of low-calorie products... Then came Miller Lite beer and initiating an aggressive campaign to masculinize ..."

Ew- that's embarrassing for everyone involved. So we hold the line for centuries then get market smashed and the world takes a tailspin into adjunct lagers from hell. You win some, you lose some.

imagesBaltimore bistros & beer

How does Douglas feel about women in beer?

"Beats me, but I know if I didn't have my woman around beer would be a lot less fun for me."

bardallisheartbeer-thumb-646x484-134673He has a great story of exploration with his significant other! How she was a Miller Light girl who was gradually won over by his persistent use of her exceptional palate. Thats right, in case we haven't mentioned this already, women have fantastic palates. And Baltimore bistros & beer's beer reviews would be greatly less descriptive if it weren't for that woman tongue.

On a personal note, it makes me giggle to see how sometimes beer nerds convert their romantic other to the hop side, while other times it's the girlfriend who opens the door to craft beer. I've personally christened a few ex love interests into the world of beer with the same persistent use of, "here, try this, what do you taste?" If one half of the couple is a beer geek, eventually the other half will be (at least partially) won over.

imagesMrs. Jessica Daynor is normally Draft Mag's managing editor but she took a second to wave the fem flag with On Women and Beer for us. She opens with a shot gun comment: "It’s as if the moment Eve bit the apple, fruit became womanfood."

Fruits and sweets for ladies, oh how poor Belgian lambic brewers must feel, "whose phenomenal fruited lambics—capable of being produced only by brewers with the perfect cocktail of tank mastery, patience and a knack for yeast—are reduced to “ladybeers.”

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Demanding that people "stop saying framboise is “for girls.” By quoting from a beer seller in a 2008 piece by Lew Bryson:
 “It’s popular with women, but it wouldn’t be [a] best seller if men weren’t buying it.”

She states that, "the liquid we love isn’t paid for or ingested any differently by men or women" and so there are some things that irk all beer geeks equally, like being profiled and misinformed. Since the craft beer market is growing on both sides of the gender fence, there are bound to be whack jobs sneaking into the scene. And because Jessica gets to pop into beer bars, under cover and experience the true service of said establishments she gets the full frontal of jackasses who talk out their ass and use there eyes to gauge how best they can piss you off.

"I’ll order a bourbon-barrel barleywine and they’ll sneer, “You know what that is, right?”

But her favorite is, and boy have I had this one in more variations than I can count, "the macho bartender who tries to educate me with major misinformation: “So, this IPA is really dank, ‘cause it’s made with wheat.”

mySuperLamePic_21d32fc4d0a02f519e0e80dd03665f3aAll you can do is shake your head in disappointment and laugh. Possibly that type of treatment is part of the reason why women play the “wonderful but weak" role Jessica talks about; dawning themselves some push up bras and doe eyes.

Using sexuality in one way or another isn't against my morals but the movement of women in beer does need to come to a point where sellers realize that, "we don’t want to be marketed to as women." Bring on the best you have, rather or not we are wearing a hot pink push up bras.

imagesLooke's Likely Moose, My 'Beez in the trap buddie', has done good by me on a topic that may have caused his fingers to smell like Nicki Minaj.

Looke, fingering through beer mags and hands safely away from his face, goes on to point out that women are naturalizing into the craft beer scene, by moving from using gender as a flaunted point and simply winning awards like the good ol' boys. Sara Barton of Brewsters Brewing Company certainly is not one of those women who has,"bloody hell, not this shit again. Every bloody year he drags me here”, written on her face while at a beer fest. Us ladies are turning out to beer gatherings in packs and sampling more than wheat beers- shocking?! It will soon be normal.

Wash your hands, Looke and thanks for taking time to recognize that women are blending into the beer scene more than ever.


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Mr. Oliver Gray at Literature and Libation gives us a talk about (The) Women In (My) Beer in which we get a delightful rundown of the women who have shaped and continue to aid in, his beer addiction. But, Oliver also has a great piece titled Brews don't wear bras, bro in which he talks about cannibalistic Cinnamon Toast Crunch, gender notations in the English language and the thinking behind sexist marketing, read both!

I love to love all the ladies he loves:

Jill Redding, editor-in-chief of Zymurgy magazine

Carla Companion aka The Beer Babe

Kristi Switzer, Publisher for Brewers Publications

His wife Tiffany (non beer loving beer geek)

His sister (Coors Light drinker on the road to recovery)

His mother (giver of life and maintainer of Oliver's sanity)

What a great list and a fantastic take on the Session topic. Cheers to wonderful women in one's beer adventure.

imagesThe Beer Nut's Me and Sara might sound like a post in which he tells us how his wife has effected his drinking life (which he does in this post) but it is, in fact, about him and a beer. A beer named Sara! As patronizingly girly as the bottle does seem to be it IS better than what a lot of women get when they walk into real ale bars.

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Sweet Mr. Beer Nut says he doesn't have the answers but rather is"...resigned melancholy that the female perspective is so lacking in the beer world" and has a "...thankfulness for those women who are making themselves heard."

Thank you for the thank you and worry not, we will soon spread the word that beers like Sara exist and that there no need to fear chauvinistic beer marketing anymore!

imagesBeer Hobo -Heather Vandenengel- traveling vagrant of beer that she is, she is also master of list making and a fucking riot! If you haven't tried her drinking game, than give it a try. From now on when I read through the Session #81 posts I'm playing that game; fun with myself. Ouiiiii!

The drinking game bit with reasons why women like beer nearly had me tears, I laughed so hard. Oh, the irony.

The most insightful bits from her short but impacted article is her advice to brewers, journalists and everyone else on the topic of women in beer. More importantly is what she instructs women themselves to do in order to help move the advocation of women in craft beer along: "Don’t underestimate what you know about beer. Ask questions, stay curious, stand your ground."

Words to live by ladies.

imagesA Tempest in a Tankard: Celebration Time? Women and the Craft Beer World by Daegan Miller Franz D. Hofer.

Hofer pulls on one's feminist heart strings with echoes of how us ladies constantly deal with that shock factor of being dickless home brewers. That's right, I came to this homebrew store with my husband, but don't try to talk beer with him, he isn't into math, he's just here to carry the malt sacks.

Okay- THAT is sexist as well, but what are men good for it isn't to carry malt sacks? I carry a hand bag that he uses as a personal walking storage locker. It's only fair.

Most interesting point indeed that Hofer makes is that sexist marketing isn't limited to flashy butt-cheek beer labels but can be expressed in other, more subtle, ways. Although I merit one of the commenters for demonstrating the pro-feminist side of Flying Dog, I have to agree with Hofer that the brewery has a haze of manly musk about it. Which, personally, kinda draws me in. I like a bit of jackass'ed-ness in my men, so Flying Dog suits me (although the prices I have to pay to drink it here in Paris do not.)

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Women don't need 'beginner beers,' and they turn a blind eye to dirty jokes (or laugh along politely); what they DO need is more examples of an enlightened beer lover- Teri Fahrendorf, Kim Jordan and The Tempest in the Tankard.

imagesSpeaking of the founder and co-creater of the Pink Boot Society, Mrs. Fahrendorf personally took time out of her busy schedule to drop us some words via comment to which I offer my humblest thanks and praise. The Pink Boots Society is a grand cause that does fantastic things for women at the Brew's table. You will never again be the sole female at the party Teri!

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"... my career as a beer professional has been the best thing to ever happen to me, and I would love to spread that happiness and joy to other women, who may never have realized it is a career option open to them as well."

If you are a female brewer check out The Pink Boot Society's scholarship program- the only thing like it in the world!

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imagesOne of my favorite beer bloggers Mr. Reuben Gray over at The Tale of Ale, jumps right to one of my most often used finger wagging feminist jolts- the church caused the downfall of women in beer. To be fair it was a long fall; industrialization had a few nails in the coffin as well.

But today, although far form 50/50 we are seeing the revival of women at the mash ton with ladies like, Gráinne Walsh, Irelands front running female brewery owner. About which Reuben has a good bout of gigginess over because apparently Metalman Brewing has some good stuff, or so I hear.

imagesThis is why I'm drunk's +Bryan Roth does another visually appealing task of explaining his point of view:


"So, cheers to women, beer and the women who love beer. In addition to all the other wonderful things you do, it’s just another reason to adore you."

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imagesDan from Community Beer Works: gets over his "Ick, Cooties" feelings and encourages Buffalo to get embeered by interviewing some ladies from the local female craft beer group The Beer Goddesses.

“If you’re open to try and appreciate new beers and information, you’re good and you’ll have a good time at craft beer events." -Beer Goddess Sara

Although I don't fully like the idea of women segregating themselves into a specific group, I love that more people are learning to love craft beer and there are teams of people waiting with open arms.

Takes Dan's advice from Wheaton’s Law as a way to encourage beer love in both genders: Don’t be a dick. Be nice, or at least not overtly hostile.

imagesThe Brew Site's  (BeerLES) Mr. Jon Abernathy suggests that you " out beers from women brewers: they make damn good beer." Pointing out that two of the the three GABF-winning brewers from Bend this year are female: Tonya Cornett of 10 Barrel Brewing and Veronica Vega of Deschutes Brewery, for their German Sparkle Party and Sage Fight IPA, respectively.

Mr. Abernathy makes two fantastic points about how the awareness of the brewster revival is helping society:

-it helps shatter the myth that women don’t like beer;

-it helps debunk the last four decades of corporate beer advertising

"...women offer a different and valuable perspective to the brewing of beer," and so also to the doing of many things. A world without women? Planet Mars.

imagesI was glad to see that Epic Beer Girl got an article into the Session this month. She, like me, she was one of those ladies who grew up with gender equality influences. My Barbie doll used to drive my big, yellow Tonka truck (right over the lego castle my brother had built- bwahahaa! Childhood.)

jesus-pin1I understand how Epic Beer Girl doesn't see the novelity of  women in beer because she is still in a safe and mostly balance beer culture. For me, seeing how much of a freak show I am in less craft beer evolved countries, was at first a shock. Where Epic Beer Girl sits, she has

"...been fortunate to make many amazing friends. Not once have I felt that my opinions may not be taken seriously because I happen to be female.  I have friends who know much more about beer than I do, yet they always listen to what I have to say, which I appreciate," and is blessed for such. When the time comes that she walks into a beer bar and is assumed to be looking for the bathroom, (she must be from the disco bar down the road) is when the topic becomes a bit more personal.

Someday the whole world will be as understanding and equal as we are until then Epic Beer Girl says it best, "I hope that both women and men continue to realize how amazing craft beer is and give it a try."

imagesJenn from Soaked in Beer is an admitted beer-a-holic who has one of the best stances on this rocky topic:

"There are without a doubt some awesome women in the beer industry – brewers, bar and pub owners, writers and distributors. Are they awesome because they are women? No. Are they awesome in spite of being women? No. They are just awesome people. Good at brewing, selling, writing about beer. They should be celebrated for their mad skills, not their gender. When we do that we risk them becoming novelty acts."


Nothing to see here folks!

But, to be clear Jenn, yes, you are a feminist: Feminists want both men and women to be treated equally on all fronts, in all aspects of society and in all parts of the world.

Mostly, I just find myself nodding my head as I read Soaked in Beer because everything Jenn has to say is so completely relatable. I too grew up with the this is what we are drinking, drinking buddies. I was never asked if Boone's Farm was an okay option, I was simply asked with color I wanted. And I as well do not find the idea of female only craft beer events appealing. What I enjoy about beer culture is that is is a mixed bag event, if you bring in nail art and foot massages than things get a bit awkward. But hey, whatever it takes to get the outreach going, eh.

Most importantly, no apologies needed in the Session #81. In the end Jenn, you did exactly what you wanted, no song and dance required. Although, I respect that you tried to sing and dance!

imagesStan Hieronymus at Appellation beer: Where have all the brewsters gone? keeps it real and factual:

"Judith Bennett has lots of interesting words on this topic. My contribution is simply to recommend her book."

I Amazon'ed it. A bit to spendy for a working class immigrant such as myself, but I'll keep it on the wishlist incase I'm one day able to build my beer library to the ranks of Alan or Stan.

imagesBrittanie Shey posted this on the ol' FB: "Congratulations on giving this bigot a chance to out himself as a bigot."

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That bigot is Mr. Ding a dong himself and that link leads to an article that was pulled. I'll repeat what I posted on Facebook after finding the blank link because it's how I feel:

I can't believe he pulled it. If you're gunna be a jackass, which is kinda Ding's MO, than stick with it. I like that he is the one we all love to hate and was expecting nothing less than a bigot filled article with lots of "keep dem child makin types in the kitchen," talk. Too bad we don't get to bitch about his rudeness with prof.

And honestly, I really would have loved to see the article, fucked up comments and all! Looks like the scary beer feminists got under Ding's skin. Oopse.

imagesThere are also things to be learned in this Session #81 madness!

"I learned something new from your Scary Beer Feminists post. I did not know that “for religious reasons, women aren’t allowed to tour many Trappist breweries”.
Thank you for the good words.


imagesGlen Humphries is Beer is your friend and, as to be expected, he hates this dead beat topic almost as much as I do after reading all 30 some odd of these articles.

imagesI can't wait until I'm old enough to be able to say something like,  "I realized a few years after writing my ‘‘women in rock’’ story was that it simply perpetuates this idea of females in rock and roll as ‘‘other’’, as not quite belonging, as being seen as enough of a novelty to comment on and write stories about."

Someday woman in beer will be as common place as women in rock and roll! And I will be able to look back at this list of Session articles with fondness and slightly embarrassed retrospect. Oh, cheers for the future!

Mr. Humphries does admit that not all global sectors of the beer business are at equal levels and that the balancing of genders in the beer industry is much farther ahead in the developed craft beer world (because France is, ya know, 3rd world beer culture), he goes on to implore us all to "...stop talking about female beer drinkers and brewers as though they’re somehow different."

I'm so down with that idea that I didn't even post an article for the Session #81. Booya! Ahead of my time!

imagesAnd the award for best one sentence response goes to The Beer Czar with:
"I don’t really consider woman in the beer world any differently then I do about men in it, they are the same, just with dramatically better breasts and drastically less facial hair."

You Sir are also a beer feminist, I couldn't agree with you more, thank you for contributing.


Thank you to everyone

who tuned in, put their thinking cap on and gave a bit of spare time to the recognition that women in beer is NOT a novelty but an everyday blessing. Lets keep the ball rolling ladies and gentlemen, keep clapping for your local brewsters and treating them like you would a any other bearded white male beer geek.

If I missed anyone in the round up- email me!

If I fucked something up- don't tell me, I don't want to know.

Word of caution! Focusing on women TOO MUCH is not the goal here, take the ample, sage advice of our international beer bloggers and tend the love of craft beer for all. We don't want a gender role reversal on our hands: