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The Girls’ Guide to Beer Week


Once upon a time, the best-known woman in the beer industry was the St. Pauli Girl. Not surprising, considering that busty blondes and bombshells are used to sell everything from muscle cars to miter saws. But the craft beer industry is playing a significant role in dashing those stereotypes, as well as the misconceptions about beer itself. From Kim Jordan, co-founder of New Belgium Brewing Company, to San Diego’s own Laura Ulrich of Stone Brewing Co., who is famously responsible for the Stone Smoked Porter with Vanilla Beans recipe, women have emerged as the industry darlings and have also forged a permanent seat at the head table in the craft beer world.

Just as craft beer continues to draw female artisans and brewers to production, the quality of the brews themselves is steadily attracting the palates of women who may have previously opted for wine or cocktail alternatives. Today’s “ladies of craft” are saying no to cheap and flavorless mass-produced beer and are discovering rich, complex brews with carefully selected ingredients that offer cuisine-compatibility and a sense of personal style and preference. 

So, ladies… although you may not consider yourself to be a hophead, there is a craft beer style to suit just about everyone. San Diego Beer Week runs from November 4-13, sdbw.org.

hop to it, ladies!

All Girls All the Time Beer Fiesta Cooking Class at Sea Rocket Bistro
Impress at your next dinner party. 
Nov. 5, 11:30 a.m., $55, shelikesbeer.com

Barley’s Angels at Stone Brewing Co.
Take your beer knowledge from a 3 to a 9!
Nov. 9, 7 p.m., $30, stonebrew.com

Beer Garden at The Lodge at Torrey Pines
Featuring 10 of San Diego’s top chefs. Represent!
Nov. 13, 12 p.m., $65, sdbw.org

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