International Women's Collaboration Brew Day

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International Women's Collaboration Brew Day (IWCBD) is an annual event held on 8th March, to coincide with International Women's Day. The event was first started in 2014, when 60 women brewmasters around the world simultaneously brewed the same recipe of craft beer.[1] The event helps to raise awareness of women working in the brewing industry, especially as brewmasters. It is also a chance for women interested in brewing to network with one another.[2]

History[edit]

The first of the iconic IWCBD logo's designed by Monarose Ryan

The idea for the IWCBD came from Project Venus member, Sophie de Ronde, who reached out to the Pink Boots Society in 2013 to start a "unified brew day."[3] De Ronde wanted the day "to encourage women to brew together."[4] The day was meant to coincide with International Women's Day and would "raise awareness of women in the brewing industry and raise money for local charities and Pink Boots Society."[3] Brewing beer has become a male-dominated industry and is "still struggling with sexism and gender bias."[5] Another participant said, "I'd like to normalize the idea that women can and do work in the brewhouse along with other departments in a brewery."[6]

The first year, 2014, over 60 women in five different countries brewed a pale ale called Unite.[7] In 2015, there were 80 women from eleven different countries involved who worked together to brew Unite red ale.[3][6] In South Africa, Apiwe Nxusani-Mawela, helped organize the first IWCBD event in Johannesburg.[8] For 2016, the type of beer brewed was a gose.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bennett, Sarah (7 March 2014). "L.A.'s Female Brewers to Celebrate International Women's Collaboration Brew Day". LA Weekly. Retrieved 19 November 2016. 
  2. ^ Corne, Lucy. "South African ladies celebrate International Women's Collaboration Brew Day". Brewmistress. Retrieved 19 November 2016. 
  3. ^ a b c "Second Annual International Women's Collaboration Brew Day Attracts Global Participation". Brewbound. 24 February 2015. Retrieved 19 November 2016. 
  4. ^ Gildea, Samantha (19 February 2016). "Brew with Riverhead Brewery Tap to celebrate International Women's Day 2016". The Huddersfield Daily Examiner. Retrieved 19 November 2016. 
  5. ^ Leblanc, Robin (22 January 2016). "Inherent Weisse: Fighting Sexism in the Craft Beer World". Torontoist. Retrieved 19 November 2016. 
  6. ^ a b Batz Jr., Bob (1 April 2015). "Beer: Sisters Are Brewin' It for Themselves". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved 19 November 2016. 
  7. ^ Bennett, Sarah (19 March 2014). "L.A.'s Lady Brewers Releasing Beer Made on International Women's Collaboration Brew Day". LA Weekly. Retrieved 19 November 2016. 
  8. ^ Cotterell, Gareth (15 July 2016). "South African Women Making it Big in the World of Brewing". CNBC Africa. Retrieved 19 November 2016. 
  9. ^ Cranisky, Drew (28 March 2016). "Breakfast at Shelley's Opens, Plus the Pink". Next Pittsburgh. Retrieved 19 November 2016. 

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