Brewing up a storm

IWCBDFollowing a successful first appearance in 2014, the International Women’s Collaborative Brew Day is set to return on International Women’s Day, Sunday 8 March.

The brainchild of Sophie de Ronde, then of Brentwood Brewing Co, and now with Muntons the maltsters, Project Venus, the UK/Irish women’s brewing association, teamed up with the US-based Pink Boots Society for this annual event to raise the profile of women in brewing.

From 70-plus in 2014, the number of breweries involved this year has risen beyond 80 at the time of writing. Eleven countries are involved, with brewsters in Australia, Brazil, Canada, Japan, Italy, Mexico, New Zealand, Sweden and Switzerland joining their sisters in the UK and the US.

Gyle 59 in Devon, Riverhead in Huddersfield, and London’s Wild Card are joining Dancing Duck in Derby and Ashover in Chesterfield to fly the British flag. Shame there are no takers from Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales. Maybe next year…

So what happens?

Everyone brews a beer with the same ingredients – this year it’s a red ale, – with each brewster putting their own twist on the final beer. All are invited to take part, particularly women. Profits from the sale of the Unite Red Ale can be donated to the charity of the brewsters’ choice.

IWCBD global map

Riverhead’s brew is being created by Lisa Handforth, and will be launched in three weeks time, with a £1 from every pint going to Huddersfield Women’s Aid

Meanwhile over in East London, Jaega Wise is leading the action at Wild Card Brewery, with a brewery invite to all, and the promise that the convivial corner bar is open as usual.

IWCBD 2014 at Brentwood Brewery

So if you fancy seeing for yourself what makes brewing so creative and such fun, check out this clever IWCBD world map to find your local brewday, give the brewery a call and go along.

Want to join in?

Any other brewsters want to get involved, there’s still time – get all the gen and join up here.

Share your experience with the IWCB facebook page, and follow the action on twitter, @IWCBD.

Back in 2014...

Click here for a wee gallery of our brewday last year at Brentwood Brewery. 

Cheers ladies!