Brewess

The Blog for Women Who Brew Beer

About This Blog

I started making beer for a few reasons.  Mostly because I like cooking and chemistry and science and I thought that it would be fun to try something new.  I thought that the kids would like the science aspect of it as well, such as seeing the bubbling and wild churning as the beer ferments.  (It turns out that they would be more interested if I were making root beer.)

Secondly, I have somewhat particular taste when it comes to beer.  I don’t like beers that are too bitter, like Indian Pale Ales can be, nor too heavy, likes stouts and porters.  I like a pale, crisp, flavorful beer, not too bitter nor too bland.  I figured that if I brewed my own, I could tailor the beer to my taste.  And it’s true.  I am making beer I love.

Thirdly, I sometimes wonder about additives in beer.  Brewing my own, I know what is in the beer.

Fourth, with the move towards locally made food-stuff, there is nowhere more local than your own kitchen.  Also, how nice to be able to reuse bottles!  Recycling of glass uses a lot more energy than simply reusing the bottles over and over.

Finally, it’s a pleasure to have something nice to bring to friends’ houses to have with dinner other than a bottle of wine.

When I first started making beer I read a couple of books and I read various blogs and I was stuck by the fact that most of the authors were male.  Few female beer-bloggers or authors did I find.  Granted, men do drink more beer than women (although not among my group of friends nor in my household!)  But, historically, women brewed beer.  And I think that maybe men approach it differently than women might.  I’m not really enthralled by aspects of male beer culture, anyhow.

Also, many of the recipes I see on line are for stouts and porters.  Frankly, I’ve never really liked any of the homebrews I have had in the past, all made by men.  They were too strong tasting and heavy.  Now I keep seeing articles about how women tend to like different beer than men, and commercial brewers are starting to cater to this. (See, for example, http://women.timesonline.co.uk/tol/life_and_style/women/article6279955.ece)  I am making exclusively ales so you will not find recipes on this site for strong flavored beer.

I decided to write this blog both to encourage women to take up brewing their own beer, provide some recipes that might appeal more to women, and to give a more feminine aesthetic and voice to the practice.


5 Responses to “About This Blog”

  1. Liam Passmore said

    hey there,

    Liam Passmore here – i handle PR for arts and culture organizations in SF, along with a few restaurants, such as flour + water, TRES and Martins West, a Gastropub down in Redwood City.

    I’d like to add you to my press list for beer related news.

    if that’s ok with you, shoot me your preferred address and i will add you.

    best,

    -liam

  2. Hello,
    I am the producer of The Love of Beer, a documentary celebrating women in the Pacific NW beer industry. We’ll be screening in California in February, and I’d love to send you a press release. Please send your email to theloveofbeermovie@gmail.com if you’re interested!

    Cheers,
    Alison Grayson

  3. Maura O'Callaghan said

    Hello, love the blog. Trying to grow my own hops and have become obsessed about artisnal/homemade beer production. I am doing this in West Cork in Ireland. If you have any useful links let me know. Maura

    • Maggie said

      Good for you for both growing hops and brewing! I haven’t grown hops but I have heard from my friends that do that it takes a few years to get flowers.

      Brewing beer is quite easy. Have fun!

  4. Stephanie said

    Hello,

    I’m so glad I found your blog, and glad to see you’re responding to comments on this older post. I started out recently making simple 1 gallon batches of beer in my tiny kitchen. I love everything about brewing, but I admit I could do without a lot of what you called the “male brew culture.” Don’t get me wrong, everyone I’ve met has been super helpful, but I’m not all about spreadsheets, specific gravity, and micromanaging all the minutia concerning different yeast strains. I love your thoughts on keeping things local, recycling glass, and continuing the long history of women brewers. I look forward to following your blog.

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