International Women’s Day line-up

International Women’s Day line-up

International Women’s Day (IWD) falls on 8 March and is set to be a fantastic opportunity to enjoy brilliant beer and cider produced by women in the industry.

This year’s event is themed #EmbraceEquity, which recognises that everyone needs different things in order to be successful. Sometimes a level playing field isn’t enough to create an inclusive world.

Have a look at the events below and plan how you will support IWD.


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IWD Beers

Bellfield, Edinburgh: Bellfield is launching a limited-edition Wild Shore saison in the Taproom on 9 March. It was brewed by local women and will be complemented by brewery tours with a history of women in brewing on 10-12 March. You can also join in the fun with an IWD-themed quiz on 8 March.

Brew York, Yorks: As part of the 10th International Women’s Collaborative Brew Day (IWCBD), Brew York has brewed a DIPA with women and non-binary people from the beer and hospitality sectors. The beer will be released in April.

Burnt Mill, Suffolk: Brewer Sophie De Ronde has participated in every IWCBD to date and plans are underway for a special brew for her 10th in 2023.

Buxton, Derbys: Sophie Munson is hosting her first IWCBD after participating at other breweries previously.

Castle Rock, Notts & Brewster’s, Lincs: Crystal Clear is a golden cask ale created by Castle Rock and Sara Barton of Brewster’s. A public competition was held to design the artwork. The beer will be launched, and designs exhibited on IWD. The party at the Old Cold Store will have live music and 10p from every pint of Crystal Clear sold will be donated to Nottingham Women’s Centre.

Double-Barrelled, Berks: Brewer Chelsea Craigie has created a sessionable West Coast Pale hopped with Chinook, Comet and Centennial. It will be launched on International Women’s Day when an IWCBD brew day will also take place. Everyone is welcome to come along to brew an ESB.

Elusive, Berks & Good Chemistry Brewing, Somerset: Brewed in February, No True Measure is an oatmeal stout. The base recipe comes from Sarah Young at Lallemand, a skilled home brewer. A kit is available from the Malt Miller so that anyone can brew this beer and craft their own variations. It will be launched with a bottle share at the Good Measure in Bristol on Saturday 11 March where female home brewers in particular are encouraged to share their beers in great company.

Fyne Ayles, Argyll and Bute: Yvonne Wernlein and the team are brewing a cask pale with Godiva and Harlequin hops called Decibel.

Hop Shed, Worcs: Hop Shed is brewing a chamomile witbier in honour of their founder and brewer, Sarah Saleh.

Lost Industry Brewing, S Yorks: Jules Gray at Hop Hideout is coming along to collaborate on brewing a cherry and chocolate porter on 9 March, with a bottle share planned for the same evening. Helen-Fay Seaton is hoping to welcome as many women and non-binary people along to participate as possible.

Meantime Brewing Company, East Greenwich: A ballot was launched to give 15 women the opportunity to help brew 2,000 pints of lager on the Meantime pilot kit. There will be a meet the brewer event on 8 March at the Meantime Taproom from 4pm where you can find out how they got on.

Neptune & Ladies That Beer, Liverpool: Their sixth IWCBD beer will be a Belgian dubbel launched on IWD.

Pilot Beer & Beers Without Beards, Edinburgh: For the third year, Beers Without Beards is producing an IWCBD brew on 8 March, this time with Pilot Beer. Its sour IPA will be named the Whole Shebang. The hops have been provided by BarthHaas X. The beer will be launched at the beginning of April at the Mother Superior, a women-owned pub in Leith. It will be showcased alongside a Women in Beer tap list and a tasting of women-led spirits.

Powder Monkey Brewing Co, Hants: Its IWCBD beer will be a rhubarb sour, brewed in collaboration with the chef Ruth Hansom.

Strange Times Brewing Co & Manchester Crafty Beer Girls, Manchester: Strange Times held an IWCBD open brew day for women and non-binary people to help make a beer that will be sold at venues across Manchester. It will be presented at a beer showcase and pizza pairing by Francesca Slattery and Sarah Hyde at the Port Street Beer House on 8 March.

Tom’s Tap and Brewhouse & Dark Beer Ladies, Cheshire: Its latest annual collaboration brew will be pouring at Tom’s Taphouse on IWD.

Top Rope Brewing, Merseyside: Top Rope is hosting a group of women from bottle shops and taprooms in the region on 8 March to produce a pale ale using the Pink Boots hops from Yakima Chief, which created a special blend for IWCMD.

IWD Events

8 March

Wiltshire: Multiple CAMRA award-winning Chippenham pub, the Three Crowns, is hosting an open mic night. It is strongly encouraging women to participate, especially those who haven’t performed at an open mic before. Sing a song, recite a poem or play an instrument alone or in a group. Any and all performances that fit in with the spirit of IWD are welcome.

N Yorks: Women on Tap CIC and Brew York are hosting a beer social for women and non-binary people at the Tasting Room at Walmgate, York. Numbers are limited and tickets are £5, which include a drink on arrival.

S Yorks: Sheffield’s Hop Hideout will be holding a special event with Little Pomona to celebrate women in cider.

9 March

Manchester: The Manchester Cider Club is holding a Cider Women showcase at Fierce Bar. It will be presented by Fiona Matthews from Bartestree Cider and other producers will be along for the ride. Tickets are available from The Cat in the Glass.

10 March

Online: Women On Tap CIC founder and Brew York head of marketing Rachel Auty, will be joined by special guests from the team who identify as women or non-binary for a beer tasting and chat in a special YouTube live. Founders Lee Grabham and Wayne Smith will also join from Tampa, Florida.

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