BrewDog Girls Brewing Lock In
(Dear Melissa Cole,)
The girls at BrewDog are proud to be part of the awesome craft beer scene in the UK, and love working the front lines of an innovative brewery which is constantly challenging and reimagining the very definition of beer. Yet we feel women still get side-lined in an industry that is perceived to be the purview of the male. We are tired of being told that our beverage of choice is not for us, of being offered a mediocre wheat beer with a slice of orange when we ask at the bar what beer they’d recommend.
Partly inspired by the recent article in Observer magazine, showcasing BrewDogCamden's own Zara Hale's skills as a homebrewer, and the discussion we had right here in November last year, we’ve decided to claim 2013 as the year women take to the helms of craft brewing. Recognising the work you have done in the UK encouraging women to put down the prosecco and pick up a pale, we would like to extend the invitation for you to join us for the UK’s first ever all female in house brew. Worthy of any BrewDog tap, us girls have put together a secret recipe for a beer we'd love to drink (we're a pretty selfish lot, afterall!) and on the 28th of January we will be putting down our pens and bar blades in favour of heat proof wellington boots and dungarees. Led by our own resident queen of the brew house and crowning beauty of #BrewPix, Charlotte, the BrewDog Birds will be mashing in, digging out and sending to tank a beer of our own conception. Much as we love the gents of BrewDog, they can be a bossy bunch sometimes and so,in one of the first small batch brews to happen in the revamped Fraserburgh brewery, we’re having a girls only brewery lock in and it would be great to see you there.
RSVP with the hashtag #BrewBirds and let's get talking about the year the ladies took to the forefront of craft beer.
- Great initiative Brewdog. This is something that we at London Amateur Brewers (a bunch of homebrewers in London) recognised needed promoting so we organised a women only category in our competition and festival last November. There were half a dozen or so entries and they were all excellent beers. Bring on the girls. Paul Spearman27.01.2013
- Over the moon you're doing this! If I'd known sooner I would have made a plan to come video, you guys! Can't WAIT to see what you come up with.PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE send me pictures. Sisters are brewing it for themselves! For sure. PS Deffo echo what my chum, Melissa said re linking with the Project Venus gals! https://www.facebook.com/ProjectVenusUKEire Marverine Cole (Beer Beauty)25.01.2013
- When are you coming to sheffield can't wait to see you here Adam24.01.2013
- Just seen this; fantastic idea. Great to see Brewdog taking the initiative. I am all for 2013 being the year of women in brewing and women drinking great beer.
Charlotte, we'd love you to join Project Venus and brew with us. Are there other brewsters at Brewdog? Cos all welcome. And if you want to host a brew sometime we wouldn't say no!! Drop me a line if you like through brewsters.co.uk
All the best
Brewsters Brewing CoSara Barton24.01.2013
- Great stuff!
I love this concept. Guess what, I think I might be one of the two ladies in my whole country who know a thing or two about mashing in, digging out and sending to tank a beer of our own conception.
- Met Charlotte at the opening on Saturday. She rocks! For me the best female brewer in the UK!
- Cool concept and can't wait to taste what you guys brew! Bex24.01.2013
- Cool - hopefully it is something we will do on a regular basis.
Hope you have had a good start to the year and hopefully catch you for a beer in BrewDog Camden soon.
- Women of BrewDog,
Firstly can I say I am very flattered by your invitation but sadly I'm afraid four days notice to get to the wilds of Fraserbrough isn't enough as I have other commitments either side of your proposed date.
However, if this is the first in a series then I would be delighted if you would consider allowing me to come up and brew at another time.
I always love it when women in the industry seize initiative, we already have Project Venus which is out there making a very positive noise about women in the industry, not to mention some pretty good beers. This all-female brewing initiative also saw its UK founder Sara Barton from Brewsters take the title of Brewer of the Year at this year's Guild Awards.
Which brings me to an idea, maybe that's someting you could think about doing in the future? How about teaming up your BrewBirds initiative with Project Venus (and BTW, well done for avoiding the obvious pun of BrewBitches - I'm sure it must have been tempting!).
Overall I will follow your progress with real interest, I know you already have a lot of expertise on hand but I'm always on the end of the phone (and nearly always on Twitter!!) if you would like to chat about anything you're doing and I look forward to being involved as soon as I possibly can.
Thanks again for thinking of me, I'm very touched and good luck with the brew - I'm off to hashtag you ladies right now and get the Twitter debate going!
P.s. praise to Martin and James for encouraging this initiative.Melissa Cole24.01.2013