Remember a little while ago when Chick Beer was released? The “premium light beer” comes packaged in a little black dress bottle in a handbag six-pack and with the tagline (in Curlz MT font), “Finally, a beer just for women.”
Men and women craft beer drinkers responded with a resounding, “Uh, seriously?” Because, as many have pointed out, women don’t want their own beer, they want a good beer. But if there is a beer that craft beer loving women could embrace, it would be one brewed by women–and not a light beer, but one with flavor and body.
Well, craft beer drinkers of all genders, you’re in luck. This Saturday at Watch City Brewing in Waltham, four women brewers, Kelly McKnight of Watch City, Annette Lee and Nicole Carrier of Throwback Brewery and Maria Poulinas of John Harvard’s Framingham, will be brewing an all-female collaboration beer. And to top off this women brewing super-group, they will be using malt from Andrea Stanley at Valley Malt to brew an 8.5 percent ABV Belgian Tripel with an apple-cinnamon backbone.
Last year Boston played hosted one of the first female collaboration beers, when Laura Ulrich from Stone, Whitney Thompson from Victory and Megan Parisi from Cambridge Brewing Company convened at CBC to brew Project Venus, a Belgian-style Dubble with orange and saffron. There’s been a few female collaborations since then, in British Columbia and Australia, and I have a feeling we’ll only be seeing more as women’s presence in the craft beer industry swells.
Not only do these collaborations highlight the efforts of female brewers and produce interesting, well-made beers, they also give craft beer drinkers a chance to support a true women’s beer–not one made for women, but by them.
Watch City invites you to stop by on Saturday, 11:30am-4pm to watch the brewing happen and talk with the brewers.