Babes aBrewing; women in beer
While at the Craft Brewers Conference, Lassa and I stumbled into the Pink Boots Society, http://pinkbootssociety.org/, annual meeting. Quite unlike the 5/1 men/women ratio in the rest of the conference, the room was jammed with women in brewing; brewmasters, QA specialists, pub owners, marketers, retailers, distributors, etc. There were seasoned pros and newbies.
Sebbie Buhler of Rogue Ales (and label model on Rogue Chocolate Stout) introduced us as culture founders, and urged all pink booters (ies?) to discover cheese. And afterward, we got the chance to meet many of them.
They're an inclusive, friendly, and SMART crowd, these brewers. And they make, sell, and promote great beer. I can't get over the similarity between these craft brewers and artisan cheese makers and mongers. If you could ferment and culture enthusiasm, you'd have a great big groaning table of beer and cheese.