Forget the stereotype that men like their beer and women only drink wine or fruity drinks. Women now consume more than 25 percent of the beer sold in the US. Many women are extending their appreciation of artisian beers to the world of home brewing. Although the majority of home brewers are still men, there’s a rising number of women who are serious home brewers and beer aficionados.
Just ask beer connoisseurs Christina Perozzi and Hallie Beaune, authors of the book The Naked Pint: An Unadulterated Guide to Craft Beer. Their website, http://www.beerforchicks.com/ has over 900 members, and is full of great information for women who love beer.
Women are the rising stars in the wonderful world of beer!
In Portland Oregon, Lisa Morrison instructs a “Beer Tasting 101” class. Megan O’Leary Parisi is “Lead Brewster” of Cambridge Brewing Company in Boston. To inspire more women in this trade, there are growing organizations like the Pink Boots Society, which empowers women in the beer industry.
All around the country, women brewers are getting together to share ideas and their love of artisan beers.
Pairing – It’s not just for wine anymore.
To make the most of any beer, it should be served with foods that compliment It’s unique flavor. In general, heavy foods are paired with heavier beers, and lighter foods with lighter beers. Light Ales go great with spicy foods, and Amber or Brown Ales are a good match with meat and poultry. A pilsner goes well with seafood and creamy dishes, while a fruit beer is great to have with salads and light desserts.
In the same way there are a variety of shaped glasses for wine, different styles of glassware complement different styles of beer. Since beer's bubbles carry flavor to the drinker, highly carbonated pilsners require a wider top and thinner bottom, whereas a less carbonated beer should be served in a glass with a larger surface area to promote the release carbon dioxide. Pint glasses are the best option for stouts and English ales, while German beers are best served in a stein or mug. For a great selection of mugs, visit. http://splendids.com/ , and if you want personalized beer mugs, pilsners and pint glasses, http://bargainmugs.com/ is the site to visit!