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Central Ohio Craft Beer Brewsters unite for International Women’s Collaboration Brew Day

Historically, women have brewed beer for the masses for centuries. Despite this, the craft beer industry is vastly associated with the male gender.

Historically, women have brewed beer for the masses for centuries. Despite this, the craft beer industry is vastly associated with the male gender.

Women in the Ohio Craft Beer Industry Unite

Don’t be fooled by the boys’ clubs or advertising messages that disregard the female market. Today, women make up a 1/3 of all craft beer drinkers across the United States. The number of women involved in the craft brewing industry is growing by the minute. In fact, 21% of U.S. breweries now have at least one woman in a top ranking role of brewmaster, head brewer, or CEO.

Jessica Byrne and Jessica Page, owners of Lineage Brewing, are teaming up with Lineage Account Rep, Nichole Endicott to host their first International Women’s Collaboration Brew Day on March 8, 2016. These women are brewing craft beer in collaboration with another female brewer and brewery owner, Lori Wince from Weasel Boy Brewing Co. in Zanesville, OH. Lineage and Weasel Boy collaborated to craft the recipe, and they are excited to offer it on-tap in both of their tap rooms this Spring. Both breweries will announce the dates of both tapping parties on their Facebook pages.

“There aren’t too many of us (professional women craft brewers) in the Central Ohio area. We’d like to make it known that we are women-owned breweries. We are proud to carve out a place for women in this industry,” says Jessica Byrne.

They have also invited other women from the Central Ohio craft beer industry to take part, including Jennie Koeper, Account Rep from Zaftig and Jennifer Hermann, Assistant Brewer for Weasel Boy. These ladies all started as home brewers and now these great minds and muscle will participate in the craft brew day on March 8, 2016, mashing in at 8:00am.

“I’m really excited to work with the women at Lineage Brewing on this collaboration,” said Lori Wince, assistant brewer and co-owner of Weasel Boy Brewing Co. “It will be a wonderful sharing experience. I look forward to learning more from the women at Lineage, other women working at Central Ohio breweries, and local female home brewers on brew day. It will be nice to talk to them about our craft beer industry and share experiences and successes.” says Lori.

What is International Women’s Collaboration Brew Day?  IWCBD

International Women’s Collaboration Brew Day (IWCBD) was started by Sophie de Ronde in England in 2014. IWCBD was designed for camaraderie and to encourage women to brew craft beer together socially on March 8th each year. Participants from across the globe all brew on the same day and upload and tag their photos on the IWCBD Facebook page.

See who is participating from around the world on this map

Lineage plans to donate a portion of each pint sold in their pub to the Pink Boots Society. The Pink Boots Society empowers women beer professionals to advance their careers through beer education. This society also offers scholarships and other opportunities so that women can achieve their dreams. 

The ladies will brew an American style wheat ale with lemon zest and peppercorn. This collaborative craft beer will be ready to drink this Spring, just in time for warmer weather.

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Craft beer brewers pictured: (left) Jessica Byrne, Owner of Lineage Brewing, (top right) Nichole Endicott, Account Rep for Lineage Brewing, (bottom right) Lori Wince, Owner of Weasel Boy Brewing Co.

 Weasel Boy Brewing is owned by husband and wife team, Lori and Jay Wince. They are located at 126 Muskingum Ave, Zanesville, OH 43701 weaselboybrewing.com

There is no other industry quite like CRAFT BEER

The craft beer industry is like none other.

What other industry links up “competitors” to collaborate and build a culture TOGETHERThe craft beer industry is such an incredible business. It’s the only industry where your competitors are also your colleagues and support system. Everyone encourages each other to push the envelope and set the bar just a bit higher.

Across Ohio, 90+ and counting breweries have been established. Many of these are now nationally recognized and are bringing home medals at the Great American Beer Festival and the World Beer Cup. Cheers! Columbus, Ohio is just starting to catch up to other parts of the country like: San Diego, CA; Denver, CO; Portland, OR; and Grand Rapids, MI. The energy, pride, and camaraderie in these communities inspire us all at Lineage. 

December 2013 marked the first time that the U.S. surpassed the number of breweries that existed in the 1870s. Ohio is just starting to make a name for itself in the industry. We hope that Lineage will help Ohio jump from a 33rd ranked per capita beer state to the top 10 list. We are definitely on our way! Recently, Columbus received recognition as one of the Top 10 emerging beer towns.

Across brewpub, nano, or production brewery business models, we know that we can get there by pulling together. Ohio-proud brewers collaborate and support each other with the help of the Ohio Craft Brewers Association. We are already thankful for the support given by our predecessors. We can’t wait to work together to build an Ohio-proud craft beer scene. Michigan is currently ranked 14th. Since when does Ohio let Michigan beat us!?! 

For more, check out some of these inspirational stories:

Suds County USA – The story of the San Diego beer scene http://youtu.be/MtZIYkB3_5Y

The Michigan Beer Film http://youtu.be/1XjCG3R7zLs

Special thanks go out to all the central Ohio breweries that have been so supportive of our journey.