The world of beer has traditionally been a male-dominated one, but more and more women are becoming craft beer fans, thanks in no small part to women's beer-drinking clubs. City and regional chapters of national organizations such as Barley's Angels (www.barleysangels.org) and Girls Pint Out (www.girlspintout.com, GPO) are springing up across the country.
The New Orleans chapter of Girls Pint Out (www.facebook.com/nolagpo) started in December 2013 and has had events at craft beer-friendly locations including The Avenue Pub, the NOLA Brewing Tap Room, Dat Dog, Carrollton Station, Treo and Ale. More than 100 women from New Orleans, the Northshore and Baton Rouge have come together to raise a pint at the meetups over the past nine months.
Local beer industry professionals often appear at GPO meetups: Gnarly Barley Brewing Company co-owner Cari Caramonta, 40 Arpent Brewing Company co-owner Emily Naquin, Crescent Crown Distributing craft beer representative Lindsey Liuzza, Southern Eagle craft beer representative Wallace Levy, and NOLA Brewing Taproom manager Nikki Turry have all enjoyed a pint or two with the group. Homebrew enthusiasts from Crescent City Homebrewers, Mystic Krewe of Brew and George's Beer also have joined the group.
"It's been a blast getting to try different beers I wouldn't have tried on my own," says GPO member Amber Faye. "[I'm] making a lot of awesome friends."
Although the meetups are primarily for women, men are welcome to attend Girls Pint Out social events. Collaborations with other women's groups such as Women In Technology (WIT) have been successful in reaching potential members, and GPO hopes to continue to cohosting events with groups like WIT or Women & Wine on Wednesdays.
This month's meetup is at the Snooty Cooter, the new craft beer-focused back bar inside Cooter Brown's Tavern, from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 16.
— NORA McGUNNIGLE