Women of Craft Beer Part 2: The Locals
As a follow up to yesterday's post about prominent women in the national beer scene, today we are posting a list of local and localish beer-loving ladies. DC and the greater Washington area have a very decent number of beer women, from restaurant and bar owners to brewers, wholesalers, and other business folk.
And this segment of the local beer scene continues to grow, as exemplified by female-themed beer events like the Clipper City ladies night (pictured above). Tammy attended a ladies-only chocolate and beer pairing at the Baltimore brewery in July and highly recommends going next time. Better yet, why not start having events like this here in DC. Any takers?
As with yesterday's list, the group of names below is not exhaustive. For example, there are a number of great female bartenders and servers who spread the beer gospel every day. Feel free to chime in with shout-outs for other noteworthy local libation-loving ladies in the comments.
Diane Alexander – Co-Owner, The Brickskeller, irrefutably the DC beer institution. If you've ever been to a beer event there, she's most likely taken your ticket at the door. She's seen and heard a lot, as The Brickskeller's hallowed halls have been graced with many beer greats over the past 25 years.
Ruth Gresser – Owner and Chef, Pizzeria Paradiso and the women who agreed to turn her restaurant's basement into the outstanding beer bar it has become. She has continued strong beer programs in her additional locations (a third one coming soon!) and is well on her way to having a little empire of top beer destinations in the area.
Jamie Leeds – Co-owner and Chef, Commonwealth, the gastropub in Columbia Heights. There are almost 30 British beers in her selection, as well as around a dozen American craft brews to sample in her U.K.-centric restaurant.
BREWERS & BREWING SUPPORT
Ellie Tupper – Brewer, Tuppers' Hop Pocket and honorary Brickskeller beer event moderator (although her husband is usually the official moderator, she always ends up adding something enlightening to the conversation). She has tasted and logged over 17,000 beers around the world. 'Nuff said.
Gwen Conley – Quality Control Manager, Flying Dog Brewery who is called the "Sensory Goddess" for her ability to smell and taste subtleties in beer. She has great suggestions for beer and food pairings and is eager to share her love of beer with others.
Hollie Stephenson – Future Brewer, Black Squirrel who spent three weeks this fall taking a brewer's course in the U.K. in preparation for heading up Black Squirrel's microbrewing efforts. We look forward to seeing how her passion for beer translates to making her own brews.
Chris Ames – Manager, Maryland Homebrew who delivers very knowledgeable and patient on and off-site "tech support" for novice homebrewers like the Lagerheads. She knows beer and brewing and is eager to help get more ladies involved.
Erin Tyler – Sales Manager for Legends Limited, a local specialty beer wholesale company. She is a beer expert and advocate for craft and imported beer (the flavorful kind) who is often called on to share her knowledge at beer events.
Susan Greene – Sales Manager, Global Brewers Guild. You are likely to run into her manning tables at local beer festivals, pouring the excellent brands her company makes available to the area. She cares about bringing the best beers she can get to you.
WAIT, ONE MORE...
YOU – Beer enthusiast and soon-to-be female beer connoisseur who, after reading this post, decided to get out that there and learn as much as you can about beer. Go get 'em! First stop: Meet & Greet with beer experts Christina Perozzi and Hallie Beaune tonight at ChurchKey.