Beers With(out) Beards is NYC’s biggest female focused beer festival, showcasing the best beers from 20+ female-led breweries from across the country. Craft beer enthusiasts flocked to The Well in Brooklyn for this special Hop Culture event that promotes inclusivity and celebrates women in the beer industry. While it’s important to promote the local craft beer scene, it’s fun to venture out and try beers that are not easily accessible or available. Below are the top picks from Beers With(out) Beards Fest.
990 Metropolitan Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211
Grimm Artisanal Ales was founded in 2013 by Joe and Lauren Grimm. At the festival, Grimm Ales sampled their double IPA Gravity of Smiles and Solar Return, a Sour dry hopped with El Dorado, mosaic and rakau. The Solar Return is well-balanced and easy to drink with a 5% abv, making it a perfect summer beer.
215 47th St, Brooklyn, NY 11220
Five Boroughs Brewing Co. Rosé Saison is a Belgian-influenced collaboration with Le District. This beer has a luscious pink color from the hibiscus and the subtle notes of sweet tea make it a visually beautiful, sweet and balanced. The Rosé Saison also comes in cans making it an ideal drink to pack on a picnic or bring to the beach. The Gose balances sour and salty, making it easy to wonder where did the rest of the beer ‘gose’?
1290 S Broadway, Denver, CO 80210
Sarah Howat is the owner and founder of Black Project Brewing in Denver Colorado. At Beers With(out) Beards, Black Project Brewing poured sours from the Black Project Spontaneous & Wild Ales. The SUPERCRUISE fruit sour beer series (SUPERCRUISE Cab and SUPERCRUISE Mal/Mer) are golden sour beers combined with fruit, for complex fruit-forward sour beers. SUPERCRUISE Cab Franc is made with wine grapes locally-sourced from a family-owned vineyard in Palisade, CO. Then, the juice is transferred to neutral oak barrels with the golden sour beer as its base. Black Project Brewing won two bronze medals and one silver medal in the experimental categories at The Great American Beer Festival in 2014, 2015, and 2017. If you’re heading to Denver for GABF this year, be sure to sample the interesting variety of beers at this incredible brewery.
30 SW Century Dr #140, Bend, OR 97702
The Arney family spent three generations working in the pharmaceutical field, making The Ale Apothecary a fitting name for this Oregon brewery. Staci Arney and Kirsten Guenther-Schopen poured their flagship beer Sahalie, consisting of malted barley, wheat and Goschie Farms Cascade Hops. This beer sits oak barrels dry-hopping for one year to give this beer tropical and citrus notes as well as earthy and herbal undertones.
33 35th St, Brooklyn, NY 11232
Historically women were the first brewers however, beer is often associated with being a “man’s drink.” Katarina Martinez, owner and head brewer of LineUp Brewing in Brooklyn, is trying to change that stereotype and get beer acknowledged as a gender-neutral alcoholic beverage. LineUp Brewing received lots of press over its German pilsner, Bïeryoncé during winter 2017. However, this beer got renamed to Kätariná after LineUp received a cease-and-desist letter from Beyonce’s lawyer. The Bïeryoncé cans made a special guest appearance at Beers With(out) Beards so Bey and beer fanatics can try this buzzworthy beer.
115 Underhill Rd, Poughkeepsie, NY 12603
Plan Bee Farm Brewery promotes local resources and uses 100% NY state ingredients to brew their beers including the hops, grains, yeast and honey. At Beers With(out) Beers, Plan Bee Farm Brewery showcased two American Wild Ales: a Pickleback and a Barn Beer. The Pickleback beer is a sour ale aged in whiskey barrels with cucumber and dill making it the ideal beer to pair with kielbasa especially in the Polish Mecca of Williamsburg.
264 Thompson Rd, Ava, IL 62907
Scratch Brewing Company is known for their farmhouse beers and brewing with locally ingredients. At Beers With(out) Beers, Scratch Brewing Company poured a Turmeric Sour (an American Wile Ale) and Spring Tonic (a Gruit Beer.) The Turmeric Sour is brewed without hops and is flavored with turmeric and lemongrass. Spring Tonic is brewed with dandelions, carrot tops, and clover, and ginger from All Seasons Farm in Cobden, to give it crisp, lemony notes.
53-02 11th St, Long Island City, NY 11101
Transmitter Brewing is an urban farmhouse brewery located in Long Island City. The BGH9 Apricot Sour is an oak aged sour with apricots, to give this sour beer a little sweetness. This easy drinking ale is the perfect way to bring a little sweetness to summertime.
Garrison City Beerworks
455 Central Ave, Dover, NH 03820
Garrison City Beerworks is a 3 BBL nanobrewery in Dover, New Hampshire. They focus on brewing East Coast style IPAs but craft a variety of beer styles. One beer that stood out was the Synapse, a dry hopped Pale Ale with mosaic and equinox. This beer is only 4.8% abv and should be added to your end of the summer beer bucket list.
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