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“There are a ton of great female brewers in the Philly area, and I’m looking forward to tasting some of the things they’ve done.”

Bold Women & Beer Festival

The Year of the Woman keeps getting better for women in the brewing industry, particularly at CMBC.

They dreamed up a killer beer in collaboration with the Pink Boots Society — a national organization of women in the beer industry — with Maybe She’s Brewed with It — a light and spritzy kettle sour with cherries and mangoes.

They got together and brewed it up on International Women’s Day back in March, with a brew day including Rabbit Hill’s Hillary Barile, Cape May County Chamber of Commerce President Vicki Clark, and Assemblywoman Carol Murphy.

Now, this weekend, some of the women of the brewery will celebrate women in brewing at the very first Bold Women & Beer Festival in Philly!

IMG_5677-2“It’s a celebration of women in the brewing industry, and the only festival of its kind in our area,” says Event Coordinator Randi Friel.

Bold Women & Beer Festival is presented at Love City Brewing with the proceeds going to the Pink Boots Society’s scholarship fund.

“Women are often ignored or snubbed in the industry,” Randi says, “and I’m excited there is an organization and an event that celebrates the females in what is known as a male-driven trade.”

Social Media and Design Alchemist Courtney Rosenberg, who spearheaded the Maybe She’s Brewed with It initiative, is excited to attend, as well.

“There are a ton of great female brewers in the Philly area, and I’m looking forward to tasting some of the things they’ve done,” she says. “It’s such a cool event — enjoying brews created by women with other women in the industry. I’m really looking forward to this one.”

Philly has a long history of women in brewing, with Rosemarie Certo opening Dock Street Brewing in 1985 and Carol Stoudt serving as the first female brewmaster since Prohibition at Stoudts Brewing Company in 1987.

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“Philly is a historic, destination beer city,” says Erin Gale, our Philadelphia Sales Manager. “It’s incredibly important for the city to lead the charge and to celebrate the contributions that women have made to this awesome industry.”

Over 40 breweries will be represented, many female-owned, -run, or featuring beers brewed by women, including ten beers brewed in conjunction with the Pink Boots Collaboration brew day.

Lab Manager Lauren Appleman is looking forward to meeting some of her heroes.

“I’m really excited for this one because a lot of the breweries that I follow on social media will be there,” she says. “I’ve seen all of the pictures and stories from their International Women’s Brew Day, and I can’t wait to taste the results. I’m looking forward to people trying our own beer — I’m very proud of Maybe She’s Brewed with It.

“Also, Carol Stoudt is a badass!”

IMG_4741_1Ultimately, the day is all about supporting women in the beer industry. This is a difficult industry for women — they definitely deserve a festival in their honor.

“I love to support women in the beer industry,” says Marketing Director Alicia Grasso. “The contributions of women, their creativity, and their perspectives are a vital part of the craft beer scene. As women are increasingly becoming a larger share of the craft beer-drinking population, it’s becoming more important that our voices are heard. I’m looking forward to raising a glass in honor of all of the wonderful, strong women in this industry.”

The Bold Women & Beer Festival takes place this weekend, May 4th, at Love City Brewing Company. In addition to Maybe She’s Brewed with It — only the second time this beer will be available in Philadelphia –, we’ll be pouring Always Ready. Tickets are still available.

See you there!