Beer Culture Beyond Bro Culture: Biere de Femme Spotlights Women Brewers in St. Louis
You might associate beer culture with bro culture—but you’d be dead wrong. Because as long as human beings have brewed grains, hops and yeast, women have been the driving force behind the production of our favorite fermented beverage. And this Saturday, St. Louis is celebrating that history—and the future—of femmes in the industry.
Originating in the craft ale hotspot of Asheville, North Carolina, the annual Biere de Femme festival showcases the amazing talent of women beer professionals, all while raising scholarship money for the Pink Boots Society, a nonprofit dedicated to helping women brewers grow their craft with the best mentors in the business. For the first time ever, the festival is venturing outside the Tar Heel State, and it only makes sense that it’s coming to the beer capital of the heartland: our very own Gateway City.
“I heard about this festival and I was so inspired by their passion,” says organizer Megan Elpin. “I caught their passion to lift women up and help each other reach new heights in their career through education.”
On Saturday, July 13, from 1-5 p.m., head out to Third Wheel Brewing in St. Peters to taste exclusive creations from women brewers at more than 13 area breweries, as well as other industry professional who grow hops, teach the brewing craft and grow community among female entrepreneurs. A $35 ticket includes a commemorative tasting glass, and a seriously cute Rosie-the-Riveter-inspired shirt will be available for purchase. (Not a drinker? Come hang anyway; designated driver tickets are just $5.)
“[I’m so] excited about the prospect of having this festival in St. Louis,” Elpin says. “We have so many awesome women and this is just one chance for us to shine our spotlight on them.”
We can all raise a glass to that.
Featured image courtesy of Kat Maryschuk.