While there may be a perception that guys are into beer, and women are into wine, that’s certainly not entirely the case around the Washington, D.C. area. I recently attended an event entitled “DC Women in Beer Sensory Overload Food Pairing”, and besides getting to try a variety of beer and snack-food combinations, I learned that women are part of the craft beer scene in a number of ways. The event was held at The Black Squirrel in the Adams Morgan area of Washington, an impressive place for tasting, since they’ve got 19 taps on the main floor, 32 in the tap room, and a half-dozen in the party room, with almost no duplication! And, they’ll happily sell you a smaller pour so you can try a wide variety.
The Black Squirrel is woman-owned by Amy Bowman, and has been since it opened about fifteen years ago. In addition to suggestions for pairing beers and free samples, I heard about home-brewing, beer judging, and more. It was a great evening with some wonderful women! Speakers at the event included:
- Kristi Matthews Griner, director of Capitol City Brewing Operations;
- representatives from Denizens Brewing Co, the woman and minority owned brewery in Silver Spring, Maryland;
- Sara Bondioli of DC HOPS (Homebrew Outreach and Participation Sisterhood), a female subgroup of the DC Homebrewers club;
- Chrystalle Ball, head of the local (DMV) chapter of Girls Pint Out, a national craft beer organization for women.