One Sunday in early March, women brewers all over the world came together at various breweries to produce their own versions of a beer they would call the Unite Red Ale.
Among them was Daytona Camps, who was brewing her very first beer recipe at Uncle Billy’s Smokehouse & Brewery, where she’s been the assistant brewer since late last year. The granddaughter of Pierre Celis, who introduced Austin to craft beer in 1992 with his renowned Celis Brewery, Camps is carrying on his and her mother’s family legacy by learning how to brew. (I captured her story in a big piece last week for the Statesman.)
But she was far from the only one participating in International Women’s Collaboration Brew Day. Women also crafted red ales at Adelbert’s and Middleton Brewing, and these three local breweries are tapping each of the beers next week at a special event commemorating their efforts.
At the Unite Red Ale triple tapping, you’ll have the chance to try the trio of red ales and meet the ladies behind them. The event will serve as a fundraiser for the Central Texas chapter of Pink Boots Society with a suggested $5 donation at the door, a silent auction and a raffle.
The Pink Boots Society, according to the organization’s mission statement, “empowers women beer professionals to advance their careers in the industry through educational opportunities.”
Members of the Central Texas chapter helped to brew the red ales, including Tara Carr, who sells craft beer with Favorite Brands and co-leads Pink Boots meetings here.
“The beers brewed on International Women’s Collaboration Brew Day were a great opportunity for local craft breweries to reach out to their female fans and include women in all parts of the craft beer industry to participate in an inclusive brew day,” Carr said. “It allowed women from different facets of the industry (sales, advertising, QC/Lab, etc.) to have their day in the brewhouse and work together to create unique recipes that they then get to share with fans of craft beer.”
Carr added that the beers are reflective of the women who participated in the brew day — an important collaborative effort given that, according to the Brewer’s Association, women consume almost 32 percent of craft beer volume, not quite a third of the total.
Also participating in last month’s brew day were members of Bitch Beer (which includes me), as well as Sarah Haney with Adelbert’s and Kim Middleton, Middleton investor Jeanie Lively and Faust Hotel & Brewing’s Martha Dixon at Middleton. At next Tuesday’s Unite Red Ale triple tapping at Studium — next door to the Wright Bros. Brew & Brew on East Fifth Street — the raffle will also raise money for Bitch Beer’s book project (which I’m not part of) and for some women-centric local nonprofits.
Unite Red Ale Triple Tapping, 6 to 10 p.m. April 21. $5 suggested donation. Studium, 908 E. Fifth St. #106. More information.