With the arrival of the new bottler, the acquisition of some white wine barrels from the Niagara region, and the impending opening of our new kitchen, things have been business as usual around these parts — which is to say, busy. So when we were approached by the lovely folks from “Beer For Boobs” about perhaps doing a special beer for the annual breast cancer fundraiser, we had to rearrange our brew schedule a bit to squeeze in a new recipe.
The event supports a great cause, but it also encourages women in the industry, and considering we have our very own female brewer (me) in house at Bellwoods, it was a no brainer to jump on board. We also have an almost exclusively female front of house team serving up the beer (and lugging kegs!) each and every night. Big thanks to Tamara Wise, one of our floor supervisors, for helping brew this tasty batch!
I would love to tell you that because it’s 2013 (2013! That’s practically the future!) everyone and their dog understands that Hey! Women do stuff! Interesting stuff! Creative stuff! Lots of stuff! But alas, there are still lots of sexist attitudes floating around out there in the atmosphere. What a bummer. The truth is it’s very much a male dominated industry still, but times are changing and it’s great to see growing numbers of females making a living off of beer. And if the trends in the brewpub are any indication, women are not afraid of flavourful beer.
The beer I decided to brew is interesting and flavourful, but not an overcompensation. Though I love imperial stouts and double IPAs, I decided that I wanted to do something a little more sessionable. Brewed with a good percentage of wheat malt, an aromatic new (to us) hop variety from New Zealand called Kohatu, and the addition of zest and juice from three cases of blood oranges, the resulting beer is refreshing and hoppy. It’s also the palest pink colour, which was my way of saying, “Yeah, so what, I’m a girl. Deal with it.”
But my real intention with this beer was not to prove anything, it’s simply to put out into the universe a beverage that anyone and everyone could enjoy. Having too many preconceived notions about the people you meet or the drinks you order will not a happy person make. Chill out, order a pink beer, and enjoy the emancipation from being an uptight wuss-ass.
This is a beer for those with boobs and those without. A beer that harbours no judgement.
Because it doesn’t matter if you’re black or white, right?
[The blood orange beer (yet to be named…) will be released in the brewpub in and around March. 1st, with two extra special kegs on reserve for the Beer For Boobs event at The Rhino (Toronto) on Sunday April 7th and The Casbah (Hamilton) on Sunday April 14th.]