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Here’s to the Ladies Who Craft (Beer)

Here’s to the Ladies Who Craft (Beer)


On a sunny, humid July evening in Chicago, a group of women were brought together by a love of craft beer. Girls’ Pint Out started in Indianapolis in January 2010 as a means for women to get together and enjoy a few pints while learning more about craft beer. The group now has 15 chapters, including the brand spankin’ new Illinois chapter which had a meet and greet this past Friday at The Small Bar on Fullerton.

Ever annoyingly punctual, I was the first one there. I mentioned to the bartender that I was there for the GPO meeting and he enthusiastically escorted me to the tables that were reserved for the occasion. Shortly after I sat down, Chalonda, our fearless leader, arrived. While I have been speaking with her over Twitter and email, this was the first time I had met her in person. I was nervous that we would not get along; I was so excited when I found out about this group and I was just waiting for something to go wrong (ever the optimist, aren’t I?) All apprehension left as we begin exchanging pleasantries and I felt like we were already friends. See how beer brings people together?

I ordered a Green Flash IPA (still loving SoCal!) and Chalonda had a Half Acre Daisy Cutter (keepin’ it local). While we were waiting for our beers, Renee joined us. Renee is currently attending business school while her brother is a recent Siebel Institute graduate. She spoke about the brewery that they were planning together and invited us to a tasting of their beer. Leslie, the beer buyer for SmallBar, and Samantha also joined us. We talked about how it was difficult to have/make girl friends if you are into craft beer. This definitely rings true for me and it was nice to experience some female companionship for a change.

Boys were still somewhat in the mix: the head of Chicago Beer Geeks, Nik, was there as were requisite male companions. They (mostly) stayed at the bar while us gals discussed how we got into craft beer and our excitement about future GPO events. Some events that may be forthcoming are a Pints and Pedis night at a local salon and tours of local breweries. If you are a bar/brewery that is interested in hosting some fabulous females for an evening of great beer and conversation, email Chalonda at chalonda@girlspintout.com. I can’t wait for the next event!

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