Come join us at 4 Daughters

The next Women Enjoying Beer meet up is coming up next week – July 15th, Thursday. This month we’ll meet at 4 Daughters Irish Pub in Medford.
In honor of Oregon Craft Beer Month, we’re featuring the realllllly tasty and diverse beers from Hopworks Urban Brewery (HUB) – Portland. Mmmmm!

Details:

  • Thursday July 15th, 7 – 830 pm.
  • Flight of 4 HUB beers and 4 matching foods (as usual feel free to supplement the evening with additional beer and food as you wish on your own, come early & stay late!).
  • Only $15 per person for all the beer, food and fun.
  • RSVP’s please by July 13th to me directly – this email or phone 515.450.7757.

Also – there is still room on the Oregon Craft Beer Rafting Trip put on by White Water Warehouse. What a fabulous opportunity to treat yourself and a friend to a great trip, fresh air, quality beer (Ninkasi) and meet new people – all in the splendor of the state of beautiful Oregon on the Rogue River. Details here.

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Speak up if you have requests of beers, locations, field trip destinations, and foods to try. Your input is valued and always encouraged.

We’re also very glad to be available to you for private events (beer, food, dinner parties, and the like). What a great way to celebrate friendships, business relationships, and employee appreciation by hosting a totally singular event for people who are important to you. Call me when it’s convenient for you to talk about the possibilities.

Get in touch today to save your seat – and one or three for friends joining you this month. Many thanks.

Cheers!

Ginger

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Raft & Craft + New Meet Up Beer Group

Two events on the near horizon to talk about today:

1. Raft and Craft – Joy and Bob have an Oregon Craft Beer Trip. Sweet! Raft on the gorgeous Rogue River, enjoy company of other fun folks, savor quality Ninkasi craft beer and stay in cozy lodges. Seems pretty complete.

We leave the 18th of July, return the 20th and Joy has all the details – contact her here.

2. 4 Daughters Irish Pub is starting their own beer group – the inaugural event is this Wednesday, June 23rd – open to all genders. We’ll be a hosting a tasty Beer & Cheese Fondue pairing. Mmmmmmmm! A classic combination – call them here for your tickets.

Get out and support the brewers of your neighborhood, region, and the world.

Beer makes the world go round in some very lovely ways.

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Party Planning

The NBWA sent a Guide to Responsible Party Planning as part of their membership materials. Nice.

Reinforcement and refreshers are always a good idea. Here are a few of the tips they offer that we can all benefit from remembering.

1. Make a list of cab services for those who choose to drink so they won’t need to drive. Designate a chauffeur for the night, turn in keys as they come to the party.

2. Always serve food. Yes! Food not only complements the beer and other alcoholic drinks you serve, it helps absorb the alcohol (does not replace time needed to metabolize). Food and drink go hand in hand.

3. Stop serving about an hour before people are going to leave. Great idea! Help everyone be more responsibly vicariously by letting their bodies take care of alcohol consumed with some precious time.

4. Never hesitate to take keys away. Worst case scenario, someone gets mad – but they don’t end up dead or hurting someone else. Isn’t it better to have someone angry than dead?

There’s more. They have a lot of good info – check them out online.

And have safe summer fun.

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What To Do

Ready for a great trip on the Rogue?

Well, one answer is to enjoy it (was there a question of what to do with your time??). Period.

  • Work – if it’s enjoyable absolutely qualifies.
  • Recreation – yes.
  • Solitude – whatever works for you.

One thing that makes life and all the people in it fun for me is to be adventurous. Joy is one of those people who have swooped in and made it that much more engaging and fun. She is her name.

We’re throwing this trip for all adventure goers – fresh air enthusiasts, livers, and doers. You can get details here.

We’d love to meet you and enjoy the adventure together.

p.s. great beer included

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Support Your Local Festival

The last beer festival you went to was….When and where?

This would be a great day to find one nearby – either where you are or for a short travel trip for the weekend.

Supporting local (or not so local) beer festivals does a few things.

  • It supports the brewers and breweries that are present. Many of them flat our donate beer, some are recouped some cost.
  • It exposes you to new breweries to try.
  • You get to try new beers and maybe enjoy familiar ones as well.
  • You get to meet all kinds of colorful people (look in the mirror – there’s one!) and get some moderate exercise walking around.

There are lots of ways to find out where and when – here’s one site, here’s another, and you can find more events here too.

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Beer and White Water

What do you enjoy your beer with?

How about some invigorating white water?

Women Enjoying Beer has been graciously and enthusiastically invited by Joy Henkle, White Water Warehouse to be along on a very special, first ever for them (and WEB) Oregon Craft Beer Trip.

WOO HOO! Get that life preserver on because here comes a literal boatload of fun!!!

This trip is scheduled for July 18 – 20th, includes comfy lodge overnight accommodations, tasty food, plenty of (free) fresh air and craft beer, and surely dynamite company.

Rogue river raft trip with White Water Warehouse

And the guests always make the party.

That’s you – women and men welcome. Register. Today.

We’ll be featuring the high quality beers from Ninkasi – YEA!  – as well for our two nights of pre-dinner beer and food pairing tasting.

Ninkasi was a generous partner earlier this year for a WEB meet up, much to the delight of the attendees. Thanks to Nicole, James, Jamie, and the entire crew in Eugene (Congrats on the expansion progress by the way).

There are a finite number of spots so reserve today by getting in touch with Joy here.

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Up & Coming Fabulous Events

1. Monthly Women Enjoying Beer meet up – June 10th, Thursday (usually the 2nd Thursday of the month), 7 – 830 pm. Join us at Standing Stone for 4 different beers from a variety of breweries. Full details here.

2. How about a White Water Rafting Trip with Beer?!? Joy Henkle of White Water Warehouse has graciously invited me to join one of their fantastic trips. You can join us for a tremendous experience July 18 – 20. Contact Joy here to get details and make your reservations.

This is a first effort on a beautiful collaboration of a first class outdoor experience complemented by world class beer. We’ll do beer tastings intentionally & carefully paired with tasty foods the two nights we are out.

Rafting and beer – what an incredible combination! For those of you who have asked for trips, here’s your first opportunity.

3. July 8th – Full on Mexican Beer & Food dinner for our monthly meet up. We’ll have a delicious summery Mexican beers paired with courses of freshly prepared Mexican Food, by a Mexican chef.

Mmmmmmm! Is your mouth watering yet??

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Pictures Today

Brewers Association World Beer Cup 2010 Champion Brewery and Brewmaster Mid-Size Brewing Company

Happy American Craft Beer Week!

In celebration, I want to share some photos from the recent 2010 CBC. Be sure to take plenty of pictures that make you happy and evoke good memories. Memories also build our future.

Cheers!

p.s. forgive me if these format in a goofy way…

Jim, Ginger & Larry at the World Beer Cup Dinner


Rob, Larry & Horace at the opening reception

Annette & Bernadette at Sprecher ala Briess Tour

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Southern Oregon Brewing Hospitality

Many Thanks to Scott, Justin, Kristen, and Tom for Thursday night’s success.

Southern Oregon Brewing was our host location for May’s monthly meet up – with resounding success.

Women Enjoying Beer and Cheese

We had 24+ women show up just for the event – most had reserved a spot and we had some more fabulous women come join us to the groups benefit. More truly is merrier! Thanks to everyone who came to enjoy the SOB beer and cheese pairing.

To the patrons who were in the taproom already enjoying beer, wondering what was happening when Anna and I began setting up – cheers! Thanks for being game to let us (unknowingly) interrupt your Thursday night.

Cheese is a classic to pair with beer. Why?

Because like cheese, beer has many complexities that, since it’s a living thing (yeast and all), has infinite possibilities of what flavors may develop. Yes, you can plan some, yet since yeasts and molds are rather independently spirited organisms, in the end it can be a surprise.

The SOB beers and cheeses we paired:

  • 1. Gold Ale with Monterrey Jack
  • 2. Pale Ale with medium Cheddar
  • 3. IPA with Camembert
  • 4. Porter with Caved Aged Swiss Gruyere
  • 5. Black IPA with Gorgonzola

How’s that sound?

Good beer and food references:

p.s. Happy American Craft Beer Week – May 17th – 23rd – we’ll be at SSBC celebrating tonight from 6 – 8

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Maltsters

  • Do you know where malted barley comes from?
  • Did you know it makes up the 2nd largest part by volume of the beer you drink?

Annette & Bernadette

Briess put together a incredibly educational and interesting tour immediately prior to the CBC this year. WOW!

Talk about information. They treated us like royalty from the time we got on the bus to the time we got off it – with classroom time and a malt plant tour as well as dinner and a presentation at Sprecher – in between.

All the malt plants I’ve toured thus far (2 others – Cargill plants) were stellar as usual.

Eat off the floor clean. That speaks volume for their passion and commitment to the beer, consumers, the breweries they work with and the pride that drives them forward.

Pints up to the maltsters!

They help make high quality beer possible.

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Short Clip

Cathy & I at the Houston Flying Saucer

Many thanks to Ronnie and the Houston Chronicle for this clip filmed last November in Houston at the Flying Saucer.

Cathy was very happy to share her thoughts about what she wants from her beer.

What do you want from your beer?

Message today – speak up about what you like, what you don’t care for, and what you want from your beer. There’s such an enormous selection that I guarantee (yes, guarantee) the beer community can find a beer you’d like.

Education’ll do that to a person. Keep the skull open. Be a geek, not a snob.

Thanks again Ronnie!

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Listen To Your Mother

Grand Teton Lost Continent. Mmmmmmmm!

Julia’s right, as usual.

The Mother Of All Beer Weeks is coming right up – in time for you to plan, educate and celebrate.

Be sure to sign your brewery up so everyone can see what’s going on, what they should anticipate from you for that week and then they can plan accordingly.

This is a HUGE OPPORTUNITY (almost as big as developing the female beer consumer). If you pass it up, you miss the boat. In a big way.

Get on board.

Thanks Mom.

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Women In Beer

Darcy schooling me at Rubicon

Hats off – glasses up – to Darcy and the Rubicon crew for their event this weekend.  If you’re in their neighborhood, go visit.

Go visit regardless of when you can get there.

Darcy reached out to me while traveling the country. We weren’t quite able to make it work, so we finally connected in February. It was great to enjoy their beers, her company, walk around and see the brewery and in general continue to absorb more of the brewing community.

Have a terrific day Darcy – hope to lift one with you (again) soon.

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Back in Action

Chicago - CBC

Okay – Whew! What a whirlwind last two weeks. My apologies for being so sporadic. Back on track…

The Craft Brewers Conferenceentirely fun, productive, and rewarding. Yes, it’s a beer conference. Yes, it’s still a big investment of time, energy, dollars and mental energy. LOTS to share about the conference – you’ll read about it in the coming months.

Women Enjoying Beer is enjoying a steady increase in attention, patronage and interest. My humble and many thanks to you all – to you all who spread it forward too.

This afternoon Anna and I head out to visit Scott, Southern Oregon Brewing, to case the joint. See the brewery and taproom as we’ll be having the May WEB meet up there. Very interested in getting more people – women specifically – actively engaged in visiting the breweries to really connect way more dots.

So – I jokingly say, when people ask me how I got into doing this – It’s a tough job. Really – it does require diligence, persistence, and a constancy to purpose. Such is Life. Such is business.

And I’m grateful to get to work with so many flat out incredible people in the beer community – brewers, consumers, and everyone in between.

Cheers –

ginger

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Mixed Company

Ginger and Julie last fall at Stone Brewing

This Saturday will mark the first mixed company WEB event – a Geography of Beer collaboration with Julie Wartell of PubQuest. Here are the details.

Julie and I collaborated last October on our Home Free Tour with two Southern California breweries with much success.

Success?

Yes, we had a nice crowds at each place, Stone and San Diego Brewing, who had come to find out about the geography of 5 different beers from 5 different United States. Julie maps out beer on the site – in fact, you can get a custom map made for your travels. Check out the site here.

Looking forward to talking about the geography of our beer again this weekend.

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Great Friends

Doug, Steve & Larry

Doug, Steve & Larry

Here we are – about 3400 of us (record year) – at the Craft Brewers Conference. Breathe it in – it feels GREAT!

It’s the annual craft beer industry gathering – full of seminars, conversations, great people, quality beer, opportunity and fun.

Last year I had the pleasure of addressing the group ala What About The Other 50%?! Developing And Serving The Female Beer Enthusiast. It’s fun to hear from people at the conference this year, whom I met last year, commenting on having attended my session.

The BA does a super job at picking presenters and I did not make the pool of speakers this year. Sigh. Nonetheless, I’ll try again next year. And I did get a media pass – which means I have tons to share to help spread the education forward (and for which I am very grateful).

So onto another big day of learning, meeting, reconnecting and building new relationships.

Cheers from Chicago!

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Windy's Good

streets of Chicago

streets of Chicago

Here I am  – in the Windy City – otherwise known as Chicago, Illinois, USA. Why?

The Craft Brewers Conference and Brew Expo happens Wednesday night through Saturday pm with the cherry on top being the World Beer Cup awards announced at the Gala Saturday night.

Already ran across – or rather intersected on the sidewalk – Bob Pease, Chris Pryor, (saw Paul Gatza) as well as the fabulous Simon and Roger, Alex, Stephen….who else? Well, there will be lots of opportunity to see all the fine folk of the brewing community.

There will be some we’ll miss – Jennifer, Rebecca, Rebecca (yes, two different ones), Brian, Rhonda, and others.

So I best get some good sleep tonight as the Briess malt plant tour leaves the city at 630 am, returns around 1030 tomorrow night.

Tough job, I know….

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Maui & Southern Oregon Breweries

Maui CoCoNut Porter

Maui CoCoNut Porter

Many thanks to Maui Brewing and Southern Oregon Brewing for their generous contribution of beer for our meet up last Thursday.

Maui Brewing: Since this was a Beer & Dessert pairing event, Maui’s CoCoNut Porter went sublimely with the Coconut mousse in a crispily delicate phyllo shell. Mmmmmmmmm!

Southern Oregon Brewing/SOB: The custom made Beerimisu paired oh-so-deliciously with the Pin Up Porter. Wow!

All the guests were blown away by, well, beer and dessert. There’s a growing faction of regulars for this group and it’s fun to see to learning and savoring happen simultaneously. Yes, you can see it – in the facial expressions

SOB's Pin Up Porter

SOB's Pin Up Porter

and hear it in the low murmur of satisfaction.

The bonus (very planned) is that SOB is made within 15 miles of where we met (low carbon transportation) and Maui’s came in cans (lighter weight = lower carbon per shipping). Both of these sustainability issues are important to women & men.

Cheers to Scott & Aloha to Kim and Anita!

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Beer & Dessert Today

p10408031Come join us tonight from 700 – 830 pm for Beer & Dessert.

Call for your seat please – it’s sure to be enlightening, tasty and fun.

After all, beer is a social beverage when enjoyed responsibly. The affordable luxury, as Sam and others say, which is very true.

The joy of good beer is enhanced by great company.

Hope to see you soon!

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