Beer is still very much considered a man’s beverage. And it’s not just the bikini-clad commercials that allude to the unrealistic expectations that a crappy light beer will make you richer, better looking, and able to score the hot babe on the beach. While great strides have occurred to equalize the beer gender stereotypes, there is still much to be done. That was the main reason why I started this little blog in the first place: I was tired of bars and restaurants assuming that I did not know about or like beer simply because I am a woman. Well, there has been an influx of female-specific craft beer groups sprouting up lately to offer camaraderie and promote the idea that girls like beer too (please excuse my shameless self promotion). One of these groups is the Indianapolis-based Girls Pint Out and Chicago has its very own chapter of this fun organization.
On Monday, July 23rd, 15 or so craft beer loving ladies gathered at Cozy Nail Salon (2735 North Lincoln Avenue) in Lincoln Park for some pints and pampering. Everyone was asked to bring some craft beer, whether it be a growler, a bomber, a six pack, or some homebrew (yes, gals even brew!) and then we would share beer and stories while getting pedicures. This Pints and Pedis event was a huge success and all of the ladies had a great time laughing and sipping some fantastic beer. I enjoyed some Three Floyds Apocalypse Cow, Dogfish Head 120 Minute IPA, Brooklyn Brewery Sorachi Ace (that I swiped received from Garrett Oliver himself at the Beer Bloggers Conference), and a Saison from Jolly Pumpkin. There was even a 2009 Goose Island Juliet that made an appearance!
After this indulgence, we walked next door to Atlas Brewing, a new brewpub in Chicago that just started serving their beer last Thursday. This was my second time there and I’m not going to lie: I’m pretty impressed. The beer is tasty (my favorites are the Diversey Pale Ale and Belgian Wheat) and the food is phenomenal. If you are a fan of chicken wings, order their slightly sweet, slightly spicy version; you won’t be disappointed. Well done, guys! Be sure to stop by and welcome them to the Chicago craft beer scene!