The following is a press release received this morning.
Collaboration Brew Day for Hop Tarts is March 9, 2014 at Pure Order Brewing Company
Santa Barbara County, California— The craft beer revolution is changing the way people make beer. There has also been a change in who makes beer. In recent years there has been a marked increase in the number of women working and brewing in the beer industry. The number of female home brewers is also on the rise. Valley Brewers, a local homebrew supply shop in Solvang, has seen the increased interest from women first-hand.
“About four years ago I started going to California homebrew festivals and I was one of maybe ten women there,” says Sandy Harrison, co-owner of Valley Brewers. “Throughout the last year it seems as though the ratio of women to men has really evened out.”
Valley Brewers and Figueroa Mountain Brewing Company have teamed up to form a women’s brew group called Hop Tarts which will meet regularly for tastings, brew sessions and field trips. Kady Fleckenstein, Brand Director for Figueroa Mountain Brewing Company talks about the collaboration that went into forming the new group: “Kevin Pratt, Brewmaster for Santa Barbara Brewing Company, was instrumental in founding the group with us. Hop Tarts is truly a collaboration of different breweries on the Central Coast working together to educate and empower women in the beer industry.”
Hop Tarts will celebrate International Women’s Collaboration Brew Day on Sunday, March 9, 2014 (a day later than the official date) by brewing a saison together at Pure Order Brewing Company in Santa Barbara. The new brewery, located at 410 North Quarantina Street in Santa Barbara’s Funk Zone, is opening on Saturday, March 8, 2014. The brew day commences the next day at 8:00 am and is expected to last around 8 hours. The public is encouraged to observe the brewing process.
The International Women’s Collaboration Brew Day (IWCBD) is coordinated by the Pink Boots Society, a beer-industry group for women, and Project Venus in the UK. A portion of the proceeds from IWCBD beer sales will go to the Pink Boots Society as well as a local charity. Hop Tarts is excited to debut their group during such a positive, world-wide event.
If you are a woman who is interested in joining Hop Tarts please email Kady@FigMtnBrew.com. Breweries and businesses who would like to host a brew day, field trip or tasting for Hop Tarts can email Sandy@ValleyBrewers.com.