02 Mar

International Women’s Collaboration Brew Day at the Wrecking Bar Brewpub

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Join Georgia Girls Pint Out for our brewday with Neal Engleman at Wrecking Bar Brewpub on Saturday March 8th at 9am. We will be brewing a Unite Session Pale Ale with El Dorado hops.

We will start the morning with a light breakfast and I’ll bring the coffee!

Follow our brew day at:

Here and on Twitter & Facebook!

www.twitter.com/beerheadatl & www.facebook.com/aBeerHead

www.twitter.com/heybrewtiful & www.facebook.com/heybrewtiful

www.twitter.com/GAGirlsPintOut & www.facebook.com/GeorgiaGirlsPintOut

RSVP here.
Details:
Collaboration brew to take place in individual Brewsters breweries across the world. The event is in aid of raising the profile of women in the industry and to raise the profile of beer to women.

Profits from the brewed beer can be donated to charity, namely the Pink Boots Society and/or a local charity of your choice.

www.iwcbd.org

Fundraising proceeds garnered from IWCB for Pink Boots Society are left to the discretion of each brewery. Participants understand that the amount of the donation may vary based on ingredients donated, size of operation, etc. You may choose to donate 100% of the proceeds or $1.00 / $2.00 per pint sold.

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26 Feb

4 Years and a few Beers

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4 short years ago, a group of girls got together at Upland’s Tasting Room in South Broad Ripple for a fun tasting. Who knew it’d grow into a pretty great network of ladies and people who support what we love; craft beer.

We thought it would be fun to outline some of our adventures over the last 4 years. Of course, as soon as we began doing that, we realized there was so much to cover it would take forever, so here are a few photos from our adventures over the last 4 years! Regardless, we definitely couldn’t have made this possible without the countless supporters who have stuck by us and encouraged us to have a pint. This one is for you. Cheers!

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05 Feb

Ladies Who Love Beer in What’s (Traditionally) a Man’s Man’s Man’s World

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As a woman in the world of craft beer, I enjoy the occasional perk of the ladies room line being much, much shorter than the men’s room line for a change, but also wonder how to bring about gender parity in this subculture long dominated by white dudes.

In 2008, Ginger Johnson founded Women Enjoying Beer to explore the question, “Why don’t more women enjoy beer?” Is it a question of educating more women on the wonders of craft beer? Organizations like Girls Pint Out and Barley’s Angels are working to create social clubs for women to enjoy drinking and talking about craft beer without anyone assuming anything about their tastes based on their gender.

The Pink Boots Society, which is a professional organization for women in any beer related profession, aims to provide support to their members to advance their beer careers. They also focus specifically on education to create more women who are Beer Judge Certification Program (BJCP) accredited, so that women’s palates are represented and respected at the highest level.

However, although the craft beer world is filled with more and more women every year, I hear the phrase by professional brewers, distributors, and servers, “That’s a girl beer” STILL, all the time. Folks write about how beer drinking isn’t lady-like. I personally have been sexually harassed at a local beer event. Overuse of alcohol in a predominantly male environment can lead to some really uncomfortable conversations. REALLY uncomfortable.

I created a chapter of Girls Pint Out here in New Orleans so that I could have the opportunity to meet other women who love beer, and so they would have the opportunity to meet each other. One of the first questions on the Facebook page was “BUT WHAT ABOUT THE MENS?” Dudes, no offense, but it is seriously so not about you. Although I know the reverse sexism charge is lurking right around here somewhere in the comments, the fact of the matter is, women have fewer opportunities to go and enjoy a pint by themselves (or with a couple of other women) without unwanted attention and general harassment. From dudes.

And then, there is the completely ridiculous report that the people who own the Oak Wine Bar are looking to expand into the next building to create a beer bar. Not because craft beer is growing exponentially, or that the owners enjoy it and appreciate its diversity and wish to share that with the community, but because the wine bar is too girly and we need to get some mens up in here. See? The ladies drink their wine, probably surrounded by like kittens and, um, Twilight books, and the dudes drink their beer next door while playing poker and killing bears, and the best part is that they can come together and meet in the courtyard without letting them in their sacred temples of gendered bullshit.

It just makes me so tired.

I think there are two things we can all do to make beer drinking a lot more fun and easy for everyone:

1) Never make any assumption of what beer a woman drinks or what beer a man drinks. The kind of beer (style, size, ingredients, etc.) someone drinks has absolutely no correlation to their gender. While we’re at it, just stop saying the phrase “girl beer” altogether.

2) Don’t perpetuate the caveman-esque women-as-beer-holding-sex-objects thing. From busty German chicks in lederhosen with a stein right in the cleavage to the mainstream Bud/Miller/Coors ads with women in bikinis (or shaking their heads about how manly their beer drinking men are, or screaming over a shoe closet or tiny dog), it alienates women from feeling like, you know, actual people. People who like beer. People who don’t have to explain why they like beer or have strangers come up to tell them how sexy it is that they like beer.

While I obviously have my irritations with sexist shenanigans, I will say that for the most part, in craft beer bars with the local folks, this is really not a problem. I feel respected as a beer drinker and writer. Both men and women are, 9 times out of 10, friendly, respectful, and open minded. But I do sometimes feel like I need to work twice as hard as some of my male peers to convince editors, publishers and potential clients that I actually do know my stuff.

But I love beer, and I’ll push on through and keep bringing awareness of it here and everywhere for as long as I can…to anyone who will listen.

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Source; Nora McGunnigle

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10 Jan

Become a Georgia Girls Pint Out Chapter Rep!

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Enjoy social media & craft beer? Become a Chapter Rep!

Contact Us if you are interested in learning about our Chapter Rep Program. Email gina@girlspintout.com after reading the detailed information below.

 

What do I do as a Chapter Rep?

Good question with an easy answer. Our Chapter Reps will be a local representation for GA GPO, and we hope to offer some nice perks in return for providing representation for our growing chapter!

 

We offer:

-Administrative access to GA GPO Facebook & Instagram accounts.

-Discount to GA GPO event entries (beer dinners & brewery entries, etc).

-Surprise give-aways throughout the year.

-Girls Pint Out tee.

…as we grow more perks will be added.

 

As A Chapter Rep We Ask that You:

-Stay updated with all craft beer related events & news within your chosen area (Decatur, Grant Park, etc).

-Promote our events/provide honest testimonial through your & our networks with verbiage, fun photos, and similar means.

-Collaborate with GA GPO founder on events, chapter growth, marketing, etc.

-Encourage your girl friends to come and enjoy a GA GPO Event.

 

It’s that easy.

 

 

 

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02 Jan

Resolution: Become Involved in Girls Pint Out

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Guinness Perfect Pour EventWhat is Girls Pint Out?

Maybe you randomly saw a Girls Pint Out sticker on a bathroom mirror, you were at a bar as an event was taking place, or you liked us on Facebook/followed us on Twitter because it was suggested to you. As our tagline states, “We’re gals into grolsch. Ladies into lagers. Princesses into pilsners. Angels of ale. You get the idea.” But, what does that mean? .

We are ladies who love good beer – and we love planning events to enjoy drinking good beer! Events are educational, charitable, and/or social. They are at breweries, bars, and any other place in between where beer is or can be served. Events are as diverse as the chapters that plan them and the ladies that attend them!

There is no membership process. There is no secret code to get in the door. It doesn’t matter if you have just ventured into the world of IPAs and stouts, or consider yourself an old craft beer drinking pro. Unless the event information states otherwise, to “join Girls Pint Out” you merely show up and join us for a pint.

Rock'n'Pint at Black Acre BrewerySo…how do I get involved? 

1. Be social media savvy. Follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook. Each Girls Pint Out chapter also has its own Twitter and Facebook account, e.g. Indianapolis’ accounts are @ingirlspintout, and www.facebook.com/indygpo/.

2. Have information emailed directly to you. Sign up for Girls Pint Out updates here. Again, chapters also may have their own newsletter. You can sign up for Indiana’s monthly newsletter here.

3. Join us for a beer! Now that you know what is going on with Girls Pint Out, come to events! Make friends with other women interested in the beer scene. Get further involved in your local beer community by volunteering with Girls Pint Out at beer events. We promise, it’s all in good fun.

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13 Dec

The Girls’ Pint Out Holiday Gift Guide

You only have only a couple more weeks to shop for Christmas gifts, and lets face it; there is absolutely nothing less appealing than finding yourself in the middle of the mall with holiday shoppers. Why not stop by your local brewery, etsy shop or one of these local small businesses to snag a few great gifts for the people you care about? We’ll feature gifts from across the country that you can find at some of our favorite spots for the rest of this week. That will still give you a little time to enjoy some craft beer while you’re wrapping gifts!

 

Idaho

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$24
We love the cut of this shirt, it fits perfectly and washes pretty well. You can never have too many t-shirts, admit it.

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Laughing Dog Stainless Steel Growler 
$34.99
Look at it. It’s cute, but still masculine. There is a puppy on this growler. Add your favorite brew into the growler and you’re on the right track for a Happy Holiday.

 

wood-boxesEnoteca Craft Beer Club 
$20 – $35
Know a craft beer lover? Grab a Fine Beer Club or Rare Beer Club membership, where you’ll receive a great package of beer that has low availability. Wine club memberships are also available!

 

 

 

Inland Northwest Ale Trail 

Free!
The map leads you to great breweries all over the Inland Northwest and you get a mini-growler when you complete the trail. Not to mention, it’s pretty fun to look at.

 

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Total Wine and More Gift Certificates
$25 – $100
The store in the Spokane Valley has a huge selection of craft/micro brews and a gift certificate allows them to choose what they want.

 

 

Washington

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Prices and Benefits for Drinking Beer and who wouldn’t want to be able to say “I drank 99 Bottles of beer that were on the wall”?!

Budge Brothers Support Campaign
$10 – $50
Give the gift of giving and help out a local brewery to be able to produce more beer – we all win in this situation!


Hopped Up Brewing Merchandise
$16.00
This is a great gift for that man in your life. A T-shirt is the least you can do since you leave him at home sometimes when going out with the girls, right? Maybe not, but we can at least say ‘thanks’ for supporting GPO!

 Maine

 

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$25.00
A beer T in a ladies cut is hard to find, this T comes in three colors and it might be the softest T you’ll ever own. It’s the perfect combination of two awesome things! Beer, and Maine. Women’s fits run slim, if in doubt refer to size chart or order a size up). 

 

 

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$4.25
A soap made with natural ingredients AND hops, this soap leaves your skin feeling soft and moisturized. And it’s handmade! That’s love.

Beer Kit from Central Street Farmhouse
$49 – $62.00
Brew your own batch of beer; pick from the wall of kits or create your own. Choose from tons of styles as well as cider, mead or wine!

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Maine Beer: Brewing in Vacationland
$9.98 – $14.98 (kindle vs paperback)
This is a fantastic book about beer in Maine; the history of beer in Maine, current breweries and long forgotten breweries.

 

Rhode Island


IMG_5558Beer Cozy or Chug-a-Lug from The Makers Mill
$13.00
A stylish way to hold your tall boys or carry your mason jars; handcrafted in RI. Make sure you check out the rest of the items on the site, there are quite a few great gift ideas! 

 

Tickets to the Rhode Island Winter Brew Fest
$15.00-$95.00
This is a great way to experience and support the local beer scene. Some non-New England breweries will be there, too!

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A set of Spiegelau IPA glasses and a bottle of Foolproof King of the Yahd IPA
$55.00
For the hop-lovers…these glasses actually do enhance hop aroma (we tested it, really!). These would be great gifted together with a Foolproof Brewing King of the Yahd IPA


Soap made from Foolproof Brewing Company beer

$6.00
Because, well, who wouldn’t want to bathe in beer?

New Jersey

Membership card to New Jersey Craft Beer
$25.00
You save money while drinking beer at some of your favorite places all over New Jersey (339+ places!), what’s better than that?

A Craftgeer snifter or t-shirt
$16.00- $25.00 *The great guys at Craftgeer have given us a special discount code to use for 15% off!  GPOUT15
A NJ based business that has a unique spin on craft beer tshirts, glasses, hats and more. They even have a women’s craft beer line!

downloadAmerican Craft Beer Cookbook by John Holl
$14.98
NJ based author and beer judge put together the most detailed and delicious books on food pairing with craft beer, cooking with craft beer, and some recipes from brew pubs around the US.

A visit to Kane Brewing in Ocean, NJ
Kane Brewing has only been around for a little over 2 years but it’s quickly becoming one of NJ’s favorite breweries! They do some really different beers and their750ML line-up is awesome and unique!

South Carolina

Tickets to the World Beer Festival in Columbia Jan 18th 2014
$40.00 – $85.00
The festival is a great way to explore all the craft beer available in Columbia. IN addition our friend Matt Rodgers from Old Mill Brewpub will be there pouring his beer commercially for the first time!

Gift Certificate to Vino Garage in Columbia
$25 – $100
Vino Garage is a great place to pick up your next growler fill, a mixed 6pk, or a bomber of a new beer. Doug is informative and helpful and has a great in town selection of craft beer.

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Conquest is Columbia’s first and currently only production brewery. Matthew and Joseph do an excellent job brewing quality craft beer.

Washington DC

Port City T-Shirt
Port City is the most popular brewhouse in VA. They currently only offer ladies tees online, go us!

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What’s better than showing your state pride AND advertising your fave MD brewery?

Rodmans Beer Club Membership

12pk shipped to your doorstep, Beer Advocate subscription, MidAtlantic brew subscription, insider info about Rodmans taps

 

 

Ticket to one of Meridian Pints “Old and Sour” Tastings/ New Years Celebration
$30
Aside from the amazing beer and food(seriously, check out the lineup), you’ll be drinking great beer surrounded by wonderful people to ring in the new year.

Holiday Seasonal Kit from Brewers best
Price Varies
To be a home brewer not only means being passionate about beer, it also involves a genuine care for the ingredients that make up your homespun libation. These guys  are dedicated to providing the greater Washington DC area with accessible quality products that fit our customer’s brewing needs. 

Baying Hound shirt/magnet/ happy hour clock
$28
Support your local independent nanobrewery! These great fits and cool designs would be a great gift for your favorite beer lover.

Beltway Brewery Pint Glass Set
The mission of Beltway Brewing Company is to professionally produce high quality craft beer for those who cannot build or expand their own breweries.

 

Indiana


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Chocolate and beer. What’s not to love? Seriously, anytime we get a chance to combine beer and chocolate, it’s a win. 

Growler Girls Growler Bags 

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Because it is important to look stylish when picking up a growler of your favorite beer. These are the perfect accessory!

 

 

 

 

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Price Varies
These designs are clever and they wash well! T-shirts as well as hoodies available.

 

 

 

Get Flasky Custom Flasks
$25
Maybe you can’t drink beer out of them, but these snazzy little things are perfect for anyone. We love these!

Texas

The Caged Yarn Beer Sox
$20
Hand knotted coozies in a variety of colors and “BeerSox for Stemware” for snifters & tulips.  They work on bottles, cans, pint glasses. We love them!

Saint Arnold Ceramic Tap Handle thumbnail_tap_handle $30
White ceramic Saint Arnold tap handle. Measures just over 10 inches tall. If you’d like to request a specific beer, please make a note when checking out (at the payment info step), and you can add that sticker to your tap handle.
Rahr & Sons Ugly Pug Tee
$20
Ugly Pug logo black Hanes Nano tee. 100% cotton with front and back full color screen printed graphics. Wear one and be cool!
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The Kebo
$24.95
A one-handed bottle opener. Because we’re pretty busy people, and this little guy is pretty cute. And because we love you guys so much, we’re going to give away THREE lightweight pink Kebo’s just in time for Christmas! Comment below and tell us what your favorite craft bottle is and we’ll pick three winners at random. We promise to get these to you by Christmas! We’ll contact you for shipping information.

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14 Nov

A Night in Speedway with Flat 12 and Sarah Fisher

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Our girls from Indiana Girls’ Pint Out will join Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing and Flat12 Bierwerks next week at the Dallara IndyCar Factory for a special event with Lino’s Coffee!

We’ll start our engines at 5 pm with a special beer tapping from our friends at Flat12 Bierwerks.

At 5:30, we’ll kick things into high gear as Sarah Fisher joins us! Sarah is the youngest woman to qualify for the Indy 500. After compiling the most Indianapolis 500 starts of any woman in history, in 2008, Sarah became a team owner in the IZOD IndyCar Series. Her team scored its first victory in October 2011 with driver Ed Carpenter, and Sarah became the first female team owner to win a race in the IZOD IndyCar Series. In 2012 Fisher’s race team, Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing, is competing in the IZOD IndyCar Series with rookie driver Josef Newgarden.

A special beer tapping PLUS a spectacular local Indy lady? This night is sure to be a win. RSVP here and let us know you’re joining us! Read More

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31 Oct

Upcoming Boston Events!

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Let’s be honest, life has been crazy and I’ve had zero time to sit down and plan something amazing for all of our friends in Boston. The good news is that moment is over and we’re filled with events for the rest of the fall including our THIRD birthday! How crazy is that? We’re still planning some exciting stuff, so please keep an eye here, on twitter, and on facebook for updates. We’re planning on partying BEFORE Thanksgiving, so clear the calendars.

First up is Thirst Boston. Taking place November 10-11th at the Hotel Commonwealth, “Thirst Boston is a gathering of bartenders, industry icons and beverage connoisseurs from Boston and beyond.  Our goal is to educate attendees on the science, craft, and taste of all things related to the art of drink. We want to celebrate our local talent (your favorite bartenders and baristas) and have a pretty kick-ass time hanging out together.” Sounds pretty great, right? Well, you haven’t even heard about my favorite parts! There are two beer seminars. The first, Beer Back: Beer’s Integration in Cocktailsfeaturing the power duo of Kevin Mabry from jm Curley and Kevin Martin from Eastern Standard (tickets and info here). The second, New World of Beer: Brewing in New England from the Pilgrims to the Present, featuring Mark Hellendrung of Narragansett Beer, Chris Lohring of Notch Brewing and Dann Paquette of Pretty Things Beer and Ale Project and moderated by Lauren Clark, author of the forthcoming Crafty Bastards: Beer in New England from the Mayflower to the Modern Day (tickets and info here).

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Head on over to their website for more information on events, seminars, and so much more. Each seminar ticket gives you entry to the Hall of Liquids which features some craft brewers, both local and national: BoulevardRising TideBantam CiderIthaca BeerNewburyport BrewingPeak OrganicNotch, and Long Trail. So for the ticket to a seminar ($20) you get to drink all of these incredible beers and ciders. Kind of a great deal, right? Plus we’re pretty sure you all might like things that aren’t beer (Japanese whisky maybe? Or tequila?)

 

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Next up, Team GPO. We’ve been running with Night Shift Brewing and will be again for Cambridge 5K’s Yulefest. This year, on December 1, over in Harvard Square. Sign up for Team GPO/Night Shift Brewing on their website and be sure to let us know on Twitter so we can rally the troops before the race! After the 5K there are plenty of beers to drink from the incredible sponsors (ahem, like Night Shift).

 

 

 

Also in December is Eat Boutique’s Holiday Market. Taking place on December 7th at the Black Falcon Cruise Terminal in the Seaport, it is the spot to do ALL of your holiday shopping. Take a look at their artisan and sponsor list on the website to get your shopping list started. Also, for some CRAZY reason, they asked me to do a special tasting! I haven’t chosen all of the breweries and cider makers as of yet, but trust me, there will be some special items in this tasting. Plus, I’ll be there! So, all the fun. (I hope!) :) Tickets are available on the site as well – note, the tasting is an additional ticket price.

 

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I think this might keep us busy for the next couple of weeks. See you soon!

 

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22 Oct

Sin & Tonic: A Collaboration with New Belgium

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You know who’s awesome? The folks over at New Belgium Brewing who let one of our Co-Founders, Jenn Litz come in an brew a beer with them. It’s called Sin & Tonic and as you guessed, it’s a spin on Gin & Tonic. So, pretty cool, right? What’s better is that the guys at NBB agreed to let us simultaneously tap S&T in 8 different states. This is happening tomorrow! Find it in your area and have a pint with us. If you’re not able to make it, you can join in with us through our Google+ Hangout. New Belgium’s Co-Founder Kim Jordan will join us for a Q&A Segment and Jenn and I will be chatting with other chapters about the brew and GPO. We’ll be using the hashtag #SINwithGPO on Facebook and Twitter so you’re able to find us online.
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Denver, Colorado - 6:00 p.m. at Local 46 – 4586 Tennyson St. For further information please contact co@girlspintout.com

Grand Rapids, Michigan - 8:00 p.m. at HopCat – 25 Ionia Avenue SW #100. For further information please contact mi@girlspintout.com

Houston, Texas - 7:00 p.m. at The Flying Saucer – 705 Main St. For further information please contact tx@girlspintout.com

Indianapolis, Indiana - 8:00 p.m. at Mass Avenue Pub – 745 Massachusetts Ave. For further information please contact in@girlspintout.com

Minneapolis, Minnesota - 7:00 p.m. at Muddy Waters – 2933 Lyndale Ave South. For further info please contact mn@girlspintout.com

Raleigh, North Carolina - 7:00 p.m. at Tasty Beverage – 327 W. Davie Street. For further information please contact nc@girlspintout.com Tucson, Arizona - 5:00 p.m. at Tap & Bottle – 403 N 6th Ave. For further information please contact az@girlspintout.com

New York City, New York -6:30 p.m. at Alewife – 5-14 51st Avenue, Long Island City. For info, please contact ny@girlspintout.com

 

A casual conversation between New Belgium Brewing and beer industry writer Jennifer Litz of Craft Business Daily has resulted in a rare, one-off beer based on the flavor profile of a classic gin & tonic cocktail. Made with quinine and lime, Litz and New Belgium’s collaborative “Sin & Tonic” will be simultaneously tapped at eight bars across the country on Wednesday, October 23, starting at 8:00 p.m. EST. Girls’ Pint Out, a group dedicated to fostering women’s appreciation of craft beer, will host the events and New Belgium CEO and co-founder Kim Jordan will join via live streaming video.

Jennifer Litz, who traveled to New Belgium to brew Sin & Tonic on the brewery’s 10-barrel pilot system, will also join the event online.

“New Belgium was one of the first craft breweries that blew my socks off with seriously quirky and innovative brews,” said Litz. “So when we started chatting about a collaboration beer, I knew they’d be up for something completely different – like a craft take on a gin & tonic. I think the end result really tastes a little like a gin & tonic and a lot like beer. It’s definitely different. And I hope it glows in the dark.”

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11 Oct

Double the Fun on the GPO Nashville Brew Bus

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Nashville GPOWhat’s more fun than a GPO chapter gathering? Getting two chapters together for a Brew Bus tour! Recently, The Memphis chapter made the trek up I-40 to Middle TN to join the Nashville chapter for an afternoon of socializing and brewery tours. We checked out four Nashville breweries, and two weren’t even open to the public yet! We started our adventure at the Flying Saucer in downtown Nashville where we met up with our tour guide, Tara Shields from Nashville Brew Bus. Her husband, Johnny, usually leads the tours but they decided it would be fun to having her lead our all-girl event. She did a wonderful job!

yazoo2We started at Yazoo Brewing Company with a tour led by the founder, Linus Hall. Yazoo is Nashville’s oldest brewery and just celebrated its 10th anniversary. Linus gave us a look at the brewery and bottling line while filling our tasting glasses with samples of Dos Perros (Mexican dark ale), Yazoo Pale Ale, and Yazoo Hefeweizen. As a special treat our group got to sample a seasonal beer, “Lange Sommer”, a tart, refreshing Berliner Weisse from their “Embrace the Funk” series.

 

jackalopeOur next stop was Jackalope,Tennessee’s first female-run commercial brewery. Jackalope is owned by two wonderful ladies, Bailey Spaulding and Robyn Virball, and their good friend, Steve Wright. Steve kept us laughing while showing us around the brewhouse and gave us a taste of Bearwalker (a maple brown) and Casper the Friendly Gose. After the tour we moved to the cozy taproom to enjoy some pints and snacks.

Next we went to the new Tennessee Brew Works and were lucky enough to get a sneak peek at their very first brewing session on their brand new equipment! Tennessee Brew Works was founded by Christian Spears and Garr Schwartz, and they’ve had their hands full turning an old printing warehouse into a state of the art brewery and an impressive two-level taproom. Garr took a few minutes out of his busy brew day to give us details about the operation and a taste of two beers, the Extra Easy Ale, an ESB, and the Cutaway IPA.

blackabbeyOur last tour of the day was The Black Abbey Brewing Company, another new brewery in Nashville. Two of the three founders, Carl Meier and John Owen, welcomed us into the large brewery/taproom space, which is one of the most unique we’ve seen in Nashville. Black Abbey takes its inspiration from Martin Luther and the Protestant Reformation and includes unusual touches like gothic arches, church pews, and lighting that was reclaimed from a little church in East Tennessee. Their system was not online yet but they still had a couple of their beers for us to sample. We tried The Champion, a tasty APA and, Guy Fawkes, an English Brown Ale and a real crowd pleaser. As much as the ladies enjoyed the beers, the real fun started when Carl and John brought out the Black Abbey merch! It was a flurry of shirts, tulip glasses and credit cards until it was time to head back to the bus.

saucerWe ended the tour back at the Flying Saucer with a pint and appetizers, the perfect ending to an amazing day! We’re so glad the Memphis ladies were able to join up with us and we hope that we can make the drive out to Memphis soon so they can show us around their wonderful city as well!

(Big thanks to Cynthia Crowe of Memphis GPO for the pics!)

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