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Female beer makers “unite” to make beer, celebrate women in the industry

Published: March 2, 2014, 3:55 am, by Monica Mendoza

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Some female beer brewers in the United Kingdom had a bloody brilliant idea: set aside one day when female brewers around the world make the same beer recipe, donate some or all of the proceeds to a charity that supports women or girls and in the process celebrate female brewers in the craft beer industry.

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About a dozen female brewers from across Southern Colorado will meet up at Pikes Peak Brewing Co. in Monument March 8 to make a batch of “Unite Pale Ale” and celebrate “International Women’s Collaboration Brew Day.”

“This is the first year everyone is involved,” said Aly Hartwig, assistant brewer at Pikes Peak who will lead the beer making efforts. Hartwig is the founder of Brewers Broads, a local women’s beer club. She’ll be joined by female brewers from Lofty, Trinity, Great Storm, Paradox, Red Leg, Bristol, Fieldhouse, Brewer’s Republic and Wild Goose in the collaboration brew day.

“There are more and more ladies stepping up to be home brewers and getting more positions in breweries,” Hartwig said. “I wanted to bring all of us ladies together in Colorado Springs.”

Unite is a pale session beer. The Colorado Springs gals will add a little rye to the recipe, which will give a slight spicy taste.

It will have a low alcohol by volume, at 4 percent, making it an easy-drinking beer just in time for springtime.

The “Unite” rye session ale will be tapped March 22 at the Collaboration Fest at The Curtis Hotel in Denver, hosted by Imbibe and the Colorado Brewers Guild. Locally, craft beer fans will find “Unite” at Brewers Republic, 112 N. Nevada Ave., April 26, which kicks off Craft Week – April 27-May 4.

“One of the biggest craft breweries in the country, New Belgium Brewing Co., is run by a woman,” said Lari Collins, of Marketing Maven. “There is a misunderstanding that women don’t like beer; women love beer and they love all the types of beer.” Portions of the proceeds from Unite beer sales will go to the Pikes Peak Community Foundation’s Girls STEM initiative, which promotes the participation of girls in science, technology, engineering and math programs.