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Interest in craft beer grows each year. Everyday more people experience that “eureeka moment,” discover how flavorful beer can be, and are hooked for life. Although a higher percentage of those people are men, the ranks of women becoming interested in beer and brewing is steadily growing.
In November we wrote about notable women in the craft beer industry as well as D.C.’s local ladies of beer. Next weekend, at the peak of SAVOR mania, there will be opportunities to meet and learn from several of the women featured in our lists, and two events focus specifically on women and beer.
On Saturday at Commonwealth, owner and chef Jamie Leeds is hosting a beer tasting and networking event for women in the restaurant, beer, and service industries with Sebbie Buhler of Rogue Ales. The event is a fundraiser for Women Chefs and Restaurateurs, a professional culinary organization that Leeds heads as President.
Then on Sunday your very own Lagerheads have partnered with Amy Bowman and Hollie Stephenson at the Black Squirrel, Deverie Robinson of DCBeer.com and Hurra Bier!, and Rachel Murray of The Brickskeller to bring the national and local female beer community together for an educational tasting and meet and greet. Eight women in the beer industry will talk through ten beers and six food pairings. Visit the official event page for more details about this Washington City Paper event and the chance to RSVP.
Although it’s still a dude-heavy line-up, at Friday’s Lupulin Reunuless at The Brickskeller, Kim Jordan, founder of New Belgium Brewing in Ft. Collins, Colorado, will share the stage with other big names in beer. To our knowledge, this will be the first time a female brewery founder or brewmaster has participated in the infamous East vs. West Coast hop slam (and hop slam reunion) series.