By Bobby Tanzilo Senior Editor/Writer Published Feb 22, 2022 at 10:02 AM

A quintet of women who work as sales reps for craft brewers has come together to co-host a series of events in honor of Women’s Month in March.

Julianna Pierandozzi from 3 Sheeps, Clare Twietmeyer from Cincinnati’s Rhinegeist, Kylen Eberlein from Indeed, Jenny Durkin from Minneapolis’ Surly, and Kelly Miller from Revolution in Chicago have brewed up a slate of nine events at area bars.

Most are happy hours, but one also has food trucks and DJs, plus there’s a dance party, a women’s makers market and opening and closing parties, too.

The schedule of events is:

March 6, 2 p.m., at New Barons, kick-off event
March 9, 4 p.m., at MKE Burger Franklin, happy hour
March 10, 4 p.m., at St. Bibiana’s, happy hour
March 11, 5 p.m., Ferch’s, dance party
March 13, 4 p.m. Sugar Maple, happy hour with food trucks and DJs
March 23, 5 p.m., at Brass Tap, happy hour
March 24, 5 p.m., Von Trier, happy hour
March 27, 11 a.m., Bad Moon Saloon, female makers market
March 27, 11 a.m., at Station No. 6, close-out party

Proceeds will benefit the Sojourner.

“It came together basically because we started seeing more women in our industry,” says Pierandozzi. “I started in 2019 and met Clare and Jenny right away, I got to know Kelly and Kylen a few months after that.

“The beer industry, the service industry in general, has been male dominated. We are seeing more women employees, owners, buyers, managers, and now sales reps. We definitely aren’t the first, but we just happen to be the first who wanted to band together and celebrate it in a big way.”

Twietmeyer adds, “The idea actually came about rather organically. We’ve all seen each other often in the market over the years and have had similar experiences, we wanted to do something special as women in a male dominated industry.”

Is it normal for sales reps from competing breweries to collaborate? Even in craft beer, which rarely seems to even acknowledge that competition is a thing – preferring at most friendly rivalry and out and out collaboration – the answer is typically no.

“This camaraderie formed from the fact that we’re like each other’s coworkers in this market since all our breweries are from different states,” says Twietmeyer. “We’re also all competitive in our owns ways and it’s exciting to combine all our work together for a fantastic cause.”

“I've never seen a collab of this nature before,” says New Barons Co-CEO & Taproom Manager Heidi Dalibor. “I was really excited when I was approached and asked to get involved. There are some truly incredible women in the beer industry that are all making an impact and together I think we can do even more to support each other and make sure the representation is there.”

While, as Pierandozzi notes, more and more women are brewery owners, working as brewers and in other roles at breweries, there is still progress to be made and collaborations like these can help.

“Over the last few years I've seen women in beer working closer and closer,” says Dalibor. “The Winter Whales Event was one of the first times I recognized how powerful we can all be working together. Love, Milwaukee was another great example.

“I'm certain this will lead to more collaboration. While we are in year two of navigating COVID, we are hopeful next year we can expand the scope of this project with bigger events and hopefully additional partners.”

Bobby Tanzilo Senior Editor/Writer

Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., where he lived until he was 17, Bobby received his BA-Mass Communications from UWM in 1989 and has lived in Walker's Point, Bay View, Enderis Park, South Milwaukee and on the East Side.

He has published three non-fiction books in Italy – including one about an event in Milwaukee history, which was published in the U.S. in autumn 2010. Four more books, all about Milwaukee, have been published by The History Press.

With his most recent band, The Yell Leaders, Bobby released four LPs and had a songs featured in episodes of TV's "Party of Five" and "Dawson's Creek," and films in Japan, South America and the U.S. The Yell Leaders were named the best unsigned band in their region by VH-1 as part of its Rock Across America 1998 Tour. Most recently, the band contributed tracks to a UK vinyl/CD tribute to the Redskins and collaborated on a track with Italian novelist Enrico Remmert.

He's produced three installments of the "OMCD" series of local music compilations for OnMilwaukee.com and in 2007 produced a CD of Italian music and poetry.

In 2005, he was awarded the City of Asti's (Italy) Journalism Prize for his work focusing on that area. He has also won awards from the Milwaukee Press Club.

He can be heard weekly on 88Nine Radio Milwaukee talking about his "Urban Spelunking" series of stories.