Sheffield Beer Week teams up with International Women’s Day

Sheffield Beer Week couples up with International Women’s Day for their 9th anniversary.

Women and their role in the brewing industry will be celebrated as part of a tie up between Sheffield Beer Week and International Women’s Day.

Sheffield Beer Week, organised by Jules Gray and Clare Tollick, is being hosted again this year from the 24th of February to the 12th of March to celebrate the city’s brewing landscape.

Women’s Brew Day will be held on Thursday 9th to celebrate International Women’s Collaboration in Beer Day and following it with women’s bottle share at Heist in the evening all organised by Helen-Fay Seaton.

Miss Seaton has said: “I feel it’s so important to highlight the role women play in this industry and show that it’s not just an ‘Old boy’s club’.”

The event will be surrounding brewing a cherry and chocolate porter, after last year’s brewing of a berry fruit cider called ‘She’s Fruity’ was a success.

Two bars, Little Pomona and Hop Hideout, specialist beer and cider shops in the antiques quarter, have dedicated their joint event to International Women’s day calling it The Tale of Two Women, celebrating the female beer friendship which has spanned ten years.

Another venue having a collaboration with international women day is Lost Industry Brewing, an independent local pub in South Yorkshire.

As well as they’re focus on involvement and acceptance of women within the trade, the event will also have a strong push towards LGBTQ+ inclusivity as it’s something Lost industry feel very passionate about and say they ‘champion at’.

It’s the pub’s second year participating in the festival and are hoping for an even more even split of men and women than what they saw last year.

Miss Seaton said : “I have been involved with brewing for about six or seven years now and also work in a traditional craft ale pub, I’ve always found it to be one of the most accepting and inclusive of trades and the craft beer scene has come a long way.”

She added that she hopes the event will allow more women to be “more knowledgeable and feel free to share their views and make informed choices on what they like and want to see & drink.”

The event will be surrounding brewing a cherry and chocolate porter, after last year’s brewing of a berry fruit cider called ‘She’s Fruity’ was a success.

Written by Aimie Gillan

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