“Women of the world, greedy men have stolen your beer and it’s time to take it back!”

Chris O’Brien is getting me riled up again. I’m re-reading his book Fermenting Revolution, particularly his chapter on putting the ale back in female.

“Growing numbers of people are brewing at home again and using beer to build community. Beer has its soul back. But one this is still missing, something that was integral to brewing and drinking for the thousands of years of human civilization prior to the machine age. Women remain remarkably absent in the modern world of beer.”

“Seeking the reward that comes from creative work, a growing number of men are discovering homebrewing and other do-it-yourself crafts. Many women, too, are seeking satisfaction in hobbies like gardening and knitting, pursuits once associated with familial nurturing that are now considered leisure activities. But women have been slow to return to the  brew kettle.”

“For millennia women have proudly taught their daughters to brew. It was a celebrated tradition, a creative outlet, and even an honor. Today it is a social faux pas at best, criminal at worst. My solution? Organize a “Take your Daughter to the Brewery” day. Teach your kids how to brew by involving them in the process. Gather your girlfriends for an educational beer tasting. Have a group brew. Femaleists of the world, whatever you do, get more beer into your life.”

I think it’s time for a homebrew day. Rather than just drinking beer together, I think we should brew a batch of beer together. Greedy men have stolen our beer, and it’s time for us to take it back!

-Jenne Hiigel

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