Women’s numbers grow in craft beer industry

Cow Tipping in New Glarus

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NPR’s Weekend Edition recently ran a piece on the growing number of women in the ranks of craft beer professionals and fans. As Kirk Siegler reports,

Thousands of beer aficionados are in Denver this weekend for the Great American Beer Festival. Some 600 breweries from around the country are represented at the marquee event for the craft-brewing industry.

And while this annual competition has long been male-dominated, that’s starting to change.

Head here for text and audio versions of the full story.

Wisconsin’s own Deb Carey doesn’t get mentioned in the piece, but she was at the vanguard, founding New Glarus Brewing Company in 1993 (with brewmaster/husband Dan) and, over two decades as company president, shepherding it to become Wisconsin’s largest craft brewer. New Glarus also just won two medals at the Great American Beer Festival to add to their trophy case at the brewery: “gold for its American Blackberry Sour Ale in the Belgian-Style Lambic or Sour Ale category” [dang! how did I miss that one?! oh wait, I see how I missed it] and “a silver medal in the fruit beer category with its Serendipity, a beer made with cherries, cranberries and apples.”

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