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All-female brewer collaboration beer, dubbed Ellegance, will be tapped on Monday

The Wynkoop Brewing Company will kick off Colorado Craft Beer Week on Monday by tapping the first all-female collaboration brew in state history, a Belgian-style brown ale called "Ellegance." The project, which was coordinated by the Wynkoop's Bess Dougherty, involved eight woman who work for seven different breweries around Colorado.

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The goal was to bring attention to women in the industry and to inspire people to get into the industry or to become homebrewers. But the brew-day in late February was also a chance for the women -- of whom there are very few in the brewing industry -- to get to know each other, to talk shop and to talk about their careers.

Most of the attendees brew as a significant portion of their jobs, but some are also involved in chemistry and lab work, sensory analysis, sales and marketing, cellaring, operations, packaging and slinging suds in the tap room.

Ellegance is a 4.5 percent ABV beer. It will go on tap from 5 to 7 p.m. on Monday, March 18, at the Wynkoop and will also be on tap at the Falling Rock. From there, several other bars and restaurants may serve it in Denver, Boulder and Fort Collins.

For more information about Colorado Craft Beer Week, see our weekly Colorado Beer Calendar or to the festival's web site.

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