Cheers To Sean!

Lawson’s Finest, indeed. Glad to read this press about Sean and his efforts.

Sean & I in his brewery after a snowshoe

Sean & I in his brewery after a snowshoe

He invited us to visit him on our trip last year – which we gladly did. Although we almost didn’t.

The weather in early December in Vermont – ahhhhh! Snow! All good yet the roads are hilly (read low traction) and it’s best to stay in. Not drive about on unfamiliar rural roads.

After a few conversations and a bit of scheduling talk, we made it work. And so very glad we did.

Sean was a gracious and generous host – we got to taste at least 4 of his beers, they were widely different and delicious. Plus he sent us down the road with a few bottles which we happily shared with others we stayed with shortly thereafter.

When you get the opportunity to buy his beers, do so. You’ll be very glad you did.

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Hurra!

Cheers to you, Deverie!

Cheers to you, Deverie!

Deverie is creating a series here – check it out. They are well written and informative.

And I can tell you, next to Vicki Aldous’ piece, one of the most accurate ones written – which I am very grateful for especially given accuracy is tantamount to WEB’s efforts. All press is not created equal.

Educational I’d say. And, as WEB promotes, it’s education that will feed progress.

Already looking forward to more conversations together, and better yet, meeting in person to enjoy good beer and food together. We found out we both really like chili beers – however elusive they may be.

Good people, quality beer, tasty food, education.

Sounds like success to me.

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Ninkasi = Quality

One sign of good beer

One sign of good beer

A big shout out of thanks to Ninkasi Brewing in Eugene, Oregon for their providing Women Enjoying Beer with three of their very tasty and well made beers last week. I can tell you the attendees were salivating – as many had tried at least one Ninkasi before.

As for me, it was a first try. There will be a second, third and so on.

Nicole, Laurie, Jamie and all the rest (whom I’ve yet to meet) are to be credited with sharing their beers with the beer community.

In fact, as we were holding the events (monthly meet up in Ashland OR), two of the servers at our host, Standing Stone, spoke up (loudly) when they realized the featured beers were Ninkasi – specifically Oatis Oatmeal Stout. Good Grief!

We enjoyed Oatis Oatmeal Stout, Total Domination IPA, and Believer Double Red.

Mmmmmmmmm….

Among other things, one of the regular attendees took the empty 22 ounce bottles home to put her homebrew into. Cool!

Be a Believer, Dominate and eat your Oatmeal.

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Doug & Dan

p1030340Pints up to Doug and Dan at Buckbean for this honor! I concur.

They invited me to be at the 1st CANFEST last October in Reno. Very cool to see a beer festival focused on canned beer.

Myth busting time folks!

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Cheers to Patrick

“…Hope to see you at Chicago…and I must say Hurray to all the women who have been great supporters of the Old World beers, from the Blonde,  Red, Wit, and Porter…to the occasional IPA …”

Thanks Patrick – see you in Chicago.

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Fans

If you have not yet heard about BreweryFans.com – I’d encourage you to check it out.

It’s good for the entire beer community: enthusiasts, brewers, distributors.

Jonathon Lunardi

Jonathon Lunardi

Jonathan Lunardi reached out when we were traveling and we have since formed a friendship and working relationship.

So I endorse it because I like Jonathan, and know he has the beer communities best interests in mind and is ethical and smart about business. I’m honored to be on the board too.

There are some different choices out there – make no mistake. What BreweryFans are doing is very well thought out, purposeful and is service oriented.He loves good quality beer. What’s not to check out?!

So check it out – tell me and him what you think.

See you in Chicago, Jonathon!

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Worth Celebrating

p1020712Today is recognized as International Women’s Daywoo hoo!

Glasses up to all the incredible women the world over who help make the globe go round and round.

For those of you who may read and say “wait a minute…assigning gender makes WEB a sexist thing” – I can tell you flat out. You’re off base.

If you think WEB is about women, invest some time reading (better yet call me at 515.450.7757) and you’ll learn that Women Enjoying Beer is about education and experience for all. It happens to be an underserved and illserved population.

And at 50.9% of the population, it’s an enormous opportunity to address.

So a few women I’d like to salute today in the beer community include Jeri Kustelski, Rebecca Newman, Darcy Quinn, Teri Fahrendorf, Sebbie Buhler, Laura Ulrich, Rhonda Kallman, Corkie Odell, Melody Daversa, Jena Frances, Nicole, Danielle Amarotico, Christine McKeever and many others I’m surely forgetting at this exact moment.

Cheers!!

p.s. for those of you in the Southern Oregon Area…here’s our next event.

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Cheers to Chris

Chris was one of the first people to reach out to say “come visit us” on our Home Free Tour last year. We were thrilled to get the invite as we reaaaallllly wanted to visit and stay in Jackson.

Snake River Brewing, Jackson WY

Snake River Brewing, Jackson WY

He’s indicative of the brewing community – generous, hospitable, smart, and all around really nice guy.

His blog sums it up well.

In addition to his personal hospitality, Snake River hosted an event with WEB. 19 beer enthusiastic women crammed into a small room to talk and listen. Great fun and education had by all. He’s right of course – their clientele knows their beer. It was fabulously invigorating.

Many thanks to him and his tolerant cats for letting us stay. We’re already plotting to return for another visit…welcome mat’s out in Ashland too, Chris.

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Graham

p1030089A big thanks today to Graham at the Zappos.com resource desk. He’s apparently processing a return for me. In the process of making sure everything plays out accordingly, he left me a message on my phone (sorry, Graham I wasn’t within earshot).

I like talking to Zappos folks. They’re a service company that sells shoes (plus). Really.

Why the connect today of shoes to beer (kind of like Otto’s jewelry to beer thread)?

Because at the end of the message he said, “your blog is awesome – Women Enjoying Beer is so cool.”

Day maker! Graham – if you read this, tell me why you like it.

Cheers – beer and shoes. All good.

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Thinking Is The Key

Justin, Ginger, Rhonda, Mike - last May in L.A.

Justin, Ginger, Rhonda, Mike - last May in L.A.

Jim is right on in his goal as highlighted here. Many of the beer community members are like that. Which is where Jim and Rhonda began when they started Boston Beer.

Encouraging and making people rethink things is often where the challenge lies. Cracking open the thinking to allow for fresh thoughts, new patterns, new ideas and therefore encouraging more blood flow to our craniums is key.

Change. Rethinking.

Like Mike says, Change is coming one way or the other. May as well open up your arms to receive the hug. Here it comes!

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Water Thinker

My hat goes off this morning to Lucy Saunders as I continue to read about her spearheading efforts to bring water usage

Water, water...

Water, water...

to the forefront of the conversation.

Water is after all the highest percentage of the ingredients in beer. We must not and cannot afford to ever take it for granted.

The great thing about the beer community is that – by and large – they are all progressive conscientious people, engaged in creating a high quality product and aware and concerned about the impact of what they are doing.

Lucy has been writing about beer for a long time, sharp, and helping further progressive thought.

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Toasting

Me & my sister Holly- She's toastworthy!!

Me & my sister Holly- She's toastworthy!!

Hats off to Jill and the Brewers Association for their new segment “A Toast To…”

It’s been fun reading about people I know and have yet to meet – she even decided to use my submission. Big thanks Jill!

Who is toastworthy to you?

It’s a good time to join the BA and take advantage of this feature as well as all the fabulous benefits they offer anyone who supports the beer community at large.

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A Brief Hello

mmmmmmm...yes, this is beer

mmmmmmm...yes, this is beer

Thank you for your patience…after the Home Free Tour wrapped up the 27th of December, we’ve been in a whirlwind of moving cross country (again) to Ashland Oregon.

For the moment – I’d beg your patience a tiny bit longer as I find the groove again.

In the meantime, enjoy this picture – and go get your own – of Sam Adams‘ Utopias. A gracious and very fun host in California gave it to us. We decided to open it and begin to savor the flavor when we ‘landed’.

And so we  have – landed and sipped.

Cheers!

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Beer Meditation

Hats off to Ben and for looking for a new opportunity, taking action to develop his dream and inviting me into the conversation at his home in Detroit last week.

Ben and a prototype

Ben and a prototype

It’s becoming somewhat regular to get contacted by people to reaching out, calling or emailing in their efforts to start a new brewery, do research and other women and beer related projects. Looking for real information to bolster their cause.

Great! It’s flattering and interesting to be tapped as a resource. Every one has a story and each one is the same and unique simultaneously.

The ongoing efforts by WEB to compile qualitative psycho graphic data continues to make more and more solid information available for members of the beer community. The information supports, redefines, and enlightens – which is exactly the goal in supporting the greater beer community.

It’s precisely why Women Enjoying Beer was created and marches forward in the name of beer.

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Smallest and Biggest

Sean Lawson & I in his tidy and tasty Vermont Brewery

Sean Lawson & I in his tidy and tasty Vermont Brewery

A big thank you to Sean Lawson of Lawson’s Finest for a very fun and tasty visit while in Vermont. He graciously took the time on a gorgeous snowy Saturday to give us a tour of his brewery – “Vermont’s Smallest” – on our trip.

He’d reached out a while back when I announced the trip so we had a connection planned.

Alas! Mother nature decided to snow and storm – which is great unless you’re needing to get safely to a destination on relatively rural roads.

We were able to connect a day later – whew! And what tasty fun it was. Sean plied us with a few of his beers and then generously gave us a few parting gifts to extend the experience. We enjoyed both of them recently with hosts who also like beer and p1040064particularly trying new beers.

The Big Hapi IBA – India Black Ale was first. Grapefruity, terrific floral aroma, gorgeous color and nice head. Full flavored and delicious.

Next came the Farmhouse Rye – Belgian style, 11% ABV, very nice. Would pair very nicely with a grilled pear and havarti or gouda cheese sandwich.

As with all the brewers we’ve had the pleasure of visiting with on this trip, Sean shares the passion. Well made beer comes in many forms from many people.

And I for one am thankful for them all.

Cheers!

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Words To Ponder

Anat, Sam & Greg at 2009 GABF

Anat, Sam & Greg at 2009 GABF

A number of snippets from this year’s Great American Beer Festival. I’ve just run across them (again) as I was cleaning a file. They’re attributed to different people in the industry and surrounding the industry and they’re all related to beer.

Enjoy.

Growth will be because of consumers.

Lots of people are looking for a beer hero.

Discover beer time and time again.

Beer promiscuity.

Social media is an expansion of the grassroots movement [beer] is and has been…

Message of the story = struggle.

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A Few Constants

p1030363This trip has been thoroughly thought provoking on so many levels and in so many ways. We still have a few weeks to go and surely more enlightenment is just ahead.

To those of you in the community in any way, you may nod your head. For those of you newer to it, here are a few thoughts to consider as you continue your journey with beer.

  1. Beer people are passionate about beer. Period.
  2. Beer folks have favorites whether it’s the one in  front of them or a particular beer they worship and crave.
  3. Beer people are engaged in their communities. The economic support to communities breweries and beer oriented vendors and supplies provide is a solid family friendly investment in our society.p1030782
  4. They’ll do what they can to help another beer person out. Testimony to that are all the places we’ve stayed along the way with beer people opening their homes to others they have not even met yet (us).
  5. They speak up when a voice needs to be heard. The courage and fortitude displayed by beer people, quiet or obvious, is admirable.
  6. They’re fun to drink beer with.
  7. They’re eager to share and educate others about beer. It’s a self fulfilling prophecy that’s delicious.

p1020781The list goes on and on so for today, this’ll be the short version.

When you engage in the beer community, you discover a whole world of terrific people, opportunity, and great tasting liquid – they are all life enhancing and I fully intend to charge on.

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Yet Another Benefit

The Brewers Association is, in my humble opinion, a very worthwhile organization to belong to. They’re constantly looking at ways to advance beer, education, enlightenment and quality tasty beer.

Paul Gatza (BA, left) and Larry at CANFEST in Reno this year

Paul Gatza (BA, left) and Larry at CANFEST in Reno this year

They just rolled out another terrific component – It’s called “CraftBeer.com” and it’s available to all members.

They already have a plethora of reasons to support the greater cause through a variety of membership types and levels. As with any group you believe in, it’s very important that you extend that belief to monetary support.

No they didn’t ask me to post this. It’s simply something I feel strongly enough about to crow on periodically.

Take a look at the homepage, dig around, then choose your membership.

If you want high quality beer available at reasonable prices. If you want to support the economic base that brewers provide to your communities and to our country. If you want affordable luxury in your glass.

The time is now to join. You can have something to say about it when you’re fully engaged in it. Support is one form of engagement.

Consider it a double whammy present – to your little self  and to the beer community as a whole.

Cheers!

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