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A Toast to Women

For the past four decades, the craft beer industry has been primarily a man’s game — from brewery ownership to brewery employees and the drinkers themselves. But that’s changing, thanks to both the delicious complexity of the product (something women surely enjoy as much as men, if not more so) and the efforts of groups like the Sisterhood of the Hop, a Boulder-area women’s craft beer club, and the Pink Boots Society. The stated goal of Pink Boots, a Portland-based nonprofit whose name references the rubber waders worn by brewers, is “to inspire, encourage and empower women to become professionals and advance their careers in the beer industry, mainly through education.” Specific examples of those ideals include encouraging women to become homebrewers or to get jobs in the beer industry, and increasing the number of women judges at the Great American Beer Festival in Denver and other competitions.

Today, the Sisterhood and Boulder’s Avery Brewing will host a fundraiser for Pink Boots. The ladies in attendance will drink and talk beer. “We started the [Sisterhood] to get more women coming into the tap room and into the wonderful world of beer,” says Avery bar-tender/beer connoisseur Caitlyn Vestal, who leads the event. “By bringing women together for a fun social event, we can raise money for other women in the beer industry.”

The party starts at 7 p.m. at Avery’s barrel-aging cellar, 5757 Arapahoe Avenue in Boulder; tickets are $10. For more information, call 303-440-4324 or log on to
Mon., May 16, 7 p.m., 2011


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