Earlier in May, Brienne Allan set off what some are calling the craft beer industry’s “Me Too” reckoning. The production manager at Notch Brewing in Salem, Massachusetts started sharing hundreds of stories of misogyny, sexual assault and workplace discrimination from women in the beer world on her Instagram.
This led to the firing of a staff member at the San Diego brewery Modern Times, whose CEO also stepped down amid allegations of mishandling complaints and creating a toxic work environment.
Though the current world of craft beer is male-dominated, for hundreds of years beer brewing was a woman’s task, and there’s even some thinking that iconography associated with witches - brooms, cats and pointy hats - may have originated from alewives.
We gather a roundtable of SoCal women in craft beer to respond to this moment in the industry and also discuss their own experiences, as well as the history of women in brewing.
Ting Su, co-founder of Eagle Rock Brewery, where she also founded a women’s beer forum
Laurie Gutierrez, vice president of SoCal Cerveceros, a latino-based homebrew club, where she heads up an all women brew crew; part time event representative for Sierra Nevada Brewing Company; co-host of The Brew'd Up Podcast, which focuses on homebrewing and craft beer