Women’s Day Campaign
Monday, August 8th, 2016
Without women, we would not have had beer.
While many of you may know that the story of beer is one that goes back thousands of years, you might not know that this story is only known because of a woman’s touch. Yes, the brew we call beer might not have stood the test of time if it wasn’t for women.
Since the beginning of beer, women have been instrumental in brewing it. In fact, women have been the driving force behind much of the world’s beer production. It all started with the ‘hunters and gatherers’ – While men were out hunting, women would gather the ingredients that they needed for food and drink.
“Beer was food and food preparation was the domain of females. Ale was traditionally made in the home and brewed for the family. It was part of the daily diet for everyone – children included. It provided nutrition and was a safe source of drinking water. Anything left over was usually sold, often providing a valuable income for households.”
Jane Peyton, alcohol historian and author of Beer O’Clock: Craft, Cask and Culture.
Women carried the torch of brewing for many years. Recipes and brewing secrets were passed on from generation to generation. Without their input and refining, beer might have been lost altogether.
Thank you to all the women who are making a difference in the beer industry. Tomorrow, we’ll take a closer look at who these women are, and how they are making a difference, so keep your eyes peeled.