The following is a guest post written by Sara Bozich. Sara has been writing about food, drink & fun on PennLive and SaraBozich.com. You can catch her on her weekly radio gigs, along with hosting duties on the web series, What’s on Tap. She is also a co-founder of the first ever Harrisburg Beer Week.
“Craft beer: written by women, for everyone,” — That is Tierney’s apt description of Stouts and Stilettos.
She, Chelsie and Colleen all write about their respective loves of craft beer — and some of you also may be familiar with my experience writing about the subject. We’re also the foursome of gals who have created, organized and executed the first-ever Harrisburg Beer Week.
None of us feel that it’s unusual for women to like beer, drink beer, write about beer — or even make beer for that matter, but we are aware that it’s typically a male-dominated industry.
Plenty of people make assumptions or judgments or are just otherwise surprised to learn any of us know what the heck we’re talking about, and I feel fortunate to have avoided being on the receiving end of too many ridiculous situations (like these “6 DIRTY LIES MEN SPREAD ABOUT WOMEN AND BEER”).
That said, we do celebrate women and beer and the empowerment that comes from it. None of us are anti-men (ask our men), we’re just really stoked about fellow ladies like us who enjoy a good beer and maybe some good convo about it.
That’s part of why we decided to put together the Pennsylvania Women in Beer Conference as part of Harrisburg Beer Week.
Personally, this is one of the events I am most excited for.
We rounded up four women working in Pennsylvania breweries — all at different positions with different specialties and levels of experience — to have a panel discussion talking about their experiences in the craft beer industry.
Before I go any further — this event is open to all (21+). Men, you are welcome. Please also come and celebrate women with us, and enjoy some great food and brews while you’re at it.
Featured panelists include Sandy Cindrich, Co-Owner and President of Penn Brewery in Pittsburgh; Irena Bierzynski, Production Brewer at Victory Brewing Company in Downingtown; Valerie Delligatti, Yeast Coordinator at Troegs Brewing Company in Hershey; and Brandalynn Armstrong, Co-Owner of Zeroday Brewing Company in Harrisburg.
Did you know?
- According the the Brewers Association, women consume about 30 percent of the craft beer on the market, making them one of the strongest market demographics for the industry. Our discerning palates appreciate the strong flavors of craft beer.
- Brewers and industry insiders agree: Women are more open to trying new, adventurous beers than men.
- Female brewers are becoming more common in the modern craft brewing movement. Gone are the days when beer was the sole role of a man.
- Today, with the return to quality and small batch brewing, the industry supports the creation of both new,interesting flavors and stronger community involvement, and women are finding more interest leading to a slow but steady rise in the field.
The Pennsylvania Women in Beer Conference begins at 5 p.m. on May 1 at JPL. A welcome beer by Gift Horse Brewing Company will be provided along with light hors d’oeuvres from Lancaster Brewing Company.
Panel discussion will run from 6-8 p.m. An after-party will be hosted at Lancaster Brewing Company Harrisburg. Your ticket includes access, plus one beer or well drink and light food.
Tickets are an outright steal at $20 — but get them now while they last.