There is a misconception that craft beer is all about men. Just stop at any local Michiana brewery, and you will quickly recognize that women love craft beer too.
In 2010, a community was begun in Indianapolis around women who love craft beer, and Girls Pint Out was born. The movement has spread to more than 80 chapters in 35 states and Washington, D.C., and offers opportunities for discussion, education and socializing using social media and local events.
This past March, the Michiana Girls Pint Out chapter was organized by co-heads Darcy Hoffman and Meg Egierski.
“It’s wonderful to see so many ladies interested in the craft beer movement,” Egierski said in an interview.
They have had great turn outs so far for their first events, including Flights Not Fights at Bare Hands, Games & Dames at South Bend Brew Werks (game night with a private tour by Andrew Elegante and tasting dry hopped beer) and Tacos & Tour at Evil Czech Brewery & Public House (private tour with brew master, Simon O’Keeffe and pints/food in the beer garden with their new double-decker food truck).
They have more events planned coming up soon:
- Thursday, June 9: Michiana Girls Pint Out is partnering with Burn ’Em Brewing for a tap takeover at LaSalle Kitchen & Tavern
- Wednesday, June 22: Hops & Humor, Michiana GPO hosts a night of all female comedy at The Drop Comedy Club. Proceeds to benefit local SOS/Rape Crisis Center.
- Thursday, July 7: Boutique & Brew, Join Michiana GPO for a special tour of Goshen Brewing Co. with special guest Boho Pretty Mobile Boutique
Hoffman got a real treat last week at a South Bend Cubs game. Larry Bell (Bell’s Beer) was hosting a meet and greet and Hoffman introduced herself as the co-head of Michiana Girls Pint Out.
“He [Bell] got really excited and said he was familiar with the GPO organization. Then he brought up High Heel Brewing and continued the conversation about companies marketing beer toward women and why anyone would feel it is necessary,” she said. Then Bell signed an Oberon poster to GPO for her to take home.
Although the majority of events are women-only, sometimes men are invited. Events are as diverse as the chapters that plan them and the ladies that attend them. Whether you are a seasoned IPA drinker or just learning to enjoy stouts for the first time, all are welcome. There is no formal membership process, and unless the event information states otherwise, to join Girls Pint Out, you merely show up for a pint.
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