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A second all-female collaboration brew is set for Kannah Creek in Grand Junction

Colorado's first all-female collaboration brew went so well that an expanded group of women has decided to do a second one -- this time on the Western Slope.

Nine women from nine different breweries around the state will convene at Kannah Creek Brewing in Grand Junction on April 21 to cook up a cherry blossom saison. (Update: The beer has been named Fleurs de Cerisier and will be tapped on May 13; proceeds will be given to the Pink Boots Society.)

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"We wanted something that was light since we are brewing in the springtime," says Kannah Creek brewer Emma Faulker, who is organizing the event, which takes place a day after Grand Junction's annual Southwest Arbor Fest beer and chili festival.

The group will make eight barrels of the as of yet, unnamed saison, which will be kegged and tapped at locations around the state -- probably on May 13 during the kickoff to American Craft Beer Week, although the exact date hasn't been determined.

The other women involved come from Boulder Beer Company, Funkwerks Brewing in Fort Collins, Great Divide Brewing, Odell Brewing, Prost Brewing, Revolution Brewing in Paonia, Boulder's Twisted Pine and Wynkoop Brewing.

Faulkner wasn't able to attend the first collaboration on February 26, which was organized by Wynkoop brewer Bess Dougherty, who contacted other women who work in brewhouses across the state in hopes of bring attention to women in the industry and inspiring people to get into the industry or to become homebrewers.

The beer the made, a Belgian-style pale ale called Ellegance, was tapped during Colorado Craft Beer Week and is still available at the Wynkoop.

Faulkner, who has a degree in biological systems engineering and has been brewing for Kannah Creek since 2008, says there were almost no other women in the brewing industry when she started out, let alone in the brewhouse.

"But every year there are more," she adds. "So, to be able to work together with them and hang out, instead of hanging out with the dudes all day, is exciting.

"The more pink boots the merrier."

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Jonathan Shikes is a Denver native who writes about business and beer for Westword.
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