Monday, March 3, 2014

Women Unite Over Pale Ale

This Saturday, March 8th, women from across the world will unite over a beer. Brewing a beer, to be exact.

And the state of Georgia is no exception. Members of several women's beer enthusiast groups, including GALS, BeerHeadATLHeyBrewtiful, and GA Girls Pint Out, will add their names to the ranks as they collaborate on a brew in support of this international event.

Atlanta's Wrecking Bar and Twains Billiards & Tap have been added to the map of international participants, which includes breweries as far away as Tel Aviv, Australia, and Japan.

Globally coordinated by Denise Ratfield and Sofie de Ronde, both members of the Pink Boots SocietyInternational Women's Collaboration Brew Day (#IWCB) is both a fundraiser for Pink Boots Society and an effort to "to raise the profile of women in the industry and to raise the profile of beer to women."

Locally, GALS co-founder Jennifer Kosman O'Connell says she was eager to participate after hearing about the event. "I was immediately on board and was one of the first to RSVP to the event, without even a brewery sponsor." O'Connell says Chase Medlin, Twain's brewer, contacted her looking for participants not long after hearing about the event. Medlin says "there needs to be more diversity in the brewing community" and that he's happy to lend support to Pink Boots Society. 

Sande Edwards of BeerHeadATL, who coordinated participation from Wrecking Bar, says she feels "very fortunate to be able to participate" and owes "a debt of gratitude to Wrecking Bar for opening their doors," adding that she hopes to present more events that "connect Atlanta-area women with their passion for beer."

The beer, a "4% pale session beer with a universally available hop" will be brewed and sold locally under the name Unite Pale Ale (see artwork above left). To follow the day's happenings, you can check back here for updates (see ticker below with embedded twitter search) or keep an eye on social media for hashtag #IWCB.

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