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Ten beers for women that aren't Animée

Unlike many of my female beer-drinking cohorts, I don't get my lacy lingerie in a bunch (mainly because I totally don't own lacy lingerie) over the fact that Molson Coors is about to release Animée, a beer made for women.

Marketing: I can dig it. But still, it's a little absurd that the company thinks that those of us with two X chromosomes are more likely to pick up a brewski if it's as light as a cool mountain stream and has the beery flavor masked by rose petals or a lemon twist. (Anecdotal proof: I didn't like beer at all when the only types I'd tried were light variations poured from underage kegs. It took a sample of stout to make me a believer, and I've never looked back.)

Herewith ten beers I find much more suitable than Animée for gatherings of female friends:

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Laura Shunk was Westword's restaurant critic from 2010 to 2012; she's also been food editor at the Village Voice and a dining columnist in Beijing. Her toughest assignment had her drinking ten martinis and eating ten Caesar salads over the course of 48 hours. She still drinks martinis, but remains lukewarm on Caesar salads.
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