"Bar Month" at OnMilwaukee is brought to you by Miller Brewing Company, calling Milwaukee home since 1855. For the entire month of March, we're serving up fun articles on bars, clubs and beverages – including guides, the latest trends, bar reviews, the results of our Best of Bars poll and more. Grab a designated driver and dive in!
From 6,000 B.C. when women brewed "magical" elixirs at the behest of Ninkasi, goddess of brewing to the modern day, women have played an integral role in the the production of beer, both nationally and abroad.
In this two-part episode, we chat with Beermaster Kim Bell and Beverage Director Ileana Rivera of Lowlands Group about brewing history and the major role females have played. We discuss the stories behind women-led breweries, the messaging that put Trappist Monks at the fore of brewing in Belgium and the challenges women have faced in the industry. We'll also share our perspectives on the current (and ever changing) relationship between modern women and beer.
For more on women in brewing and furthering your education about beer, check out these articles and web sites.
- New York Times: "Craft Beer Looks Beyond ‘Young White Dudes With Beards’"
- The Atlantic: "Women and Beer: A 4,500-Year history is coming full circle"
- Beervana: "Sexism in beer"
- VinePair: "In England, brewing beer was women's work until it became big business"
- CraftBeer.com: "The evolving role of women's contributions to brewing beer"
- Pink Boots Society: Read about (and apply for) cool beer scholarships for women
- Taste & Learn: Sign up for a Lowlands BierKlasse
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Lori is an avid cook whose accrual of condiments and spices is rivaled only by her cookbook collection. Her passion for the culinary industry was birthed while balancing A&W root beer mugs as a teenage carhop, fed by insatiable curiosity and fueled by the people whose stories entwine with each and every dish. She’s had the privilege of chronicling these tales via numerous media, including OnMilwaukee and in her book “Milwaukee Food.” Her work has garnered journalism awards from entities including the Milwaukee Press Club.
When she’s not eating, photographing food, writing or recording the FoodCrush podcast, you’ll find Lori seeking out adventures with her husband Paul, traveling, cooking, reading, learning, snuggling with her cats and looking for ways to make a difference.