One of the best parts of the craft beer scene is getting to meet bad ass women who work in the beer industry. These women inspire us, challenge us, and lead us and we’re happy to be telling their stories. At Stouts & Stilettos, being a woman is never seen a detriment, and using the phrase ‘like a girl’ in any sense that isn’t empowering just isn’t a part of our vernacular. You want to #DrinkLikeAGirl? We’re ready to show you how, with the help of some of the coolest chicks in craft beer. We’re asking each to come up with their dream sixer, because no one can pick just one favorite beer.
Meet Julie Kovaleski of Longmont, CO (but hailing from Scranton, PA), who graduated from Temple University in Philadelphia, PA in 2013 with a bachelor’s degree in Advertising. She is currently the Director of the Colorado chapter of Barley’s Angels, and was formerly the Marketing Coordinator for Colorado’s First Craft Brewery, Boulder Beer.Recently, Julie was a speaker at the Pink Boots Society’s 10th anniversary celebration. Julie fell in love with the craft beer world almost four years ago and became a Certified Cicerone in the summer of 2015. She has been working on the digital advertising + marketing side for food and beverage brands for over five years. She has a passion for growing brand awareness, learning about the science behind beer and the production side of the industry. Julie also is the owner of Craft Beer Babe, where she shares her female perspective to the male-dominated beer industry and makes and sells beer candles and other crafts.
Without further ado, our girl Julie is here and ready to show you how to really #DrinkLikeAGirl with her dream six-pack:
- Allagash White – Growing up in PA I was spoiled with all the kinds of beer available to me. Once I started drinking more craft beer Allagash White was and still is one I always reached for as a go to. Very refreshing with smooth Belgian flavor, Allagash White is one of my favorite beers on the planet.
- Avery Liliko’i Kepolo – Refreshing and perfect for summer, I really enjoy this white ale with passion fruit.
- Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA – When I first started drinking craft beer, the sharp intense bitterness of an IPA was hard to swallow for me, but Dogfish Head’s 60 minute IPA was the beer that changed it all. I now really love hops and this beer made the IPA world less scary for me to explore more.
- Left Hand Travelin’ Light Kolsch – German beer styles are one of my go to when I am craving a crisp, clean and refreshing stein of suds. Last year I got obsessed with the Kolsch style and really enjoy this one from one of my local breweries, Left Hand. Plus it comes in cans, making it super portable for all my weekend adventures with my puppy, Barley.
- Boulder Beer Shake Chocolate Porter – Another gateway beer for me, Boulder’s Shake Chocolate Porter is always delicious. I adore stouts and porters and Shake has a nice balance between roasty flavors and sinfully sweet chocolate. Plus, it’s brewed with lactose to leave the beer with just the right amount of sweetness.
- Oskar Blues Ten FIDY – Another dark beer favorite of mine, I usually indulge in a Ten FIDY when the weather takes a cold turn. But it’s booze (10.5% ABV) is balanced by the amount of malt. Just be careful. It’s sometimes a little too smooth.