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Growlers Beer Bistro Celebrates Women In Beer

Olivia Cerio, is Regional Brand Manager for Empire Brewing Company of Syracuse, will have a representative at the Women in Beer event. Photo Credit: Empire Brewing Company
Karri Diomede is a brewery representative for Keegan Ales of Kingston, which will attend the Women in Beer event at Growlers Beer Bistro. Photo Credit: Contributed by Holly Jo
Sonya Giacobbe, co-owner of KelSo Brewery in Brooklyn, will attend the Women in Beer event at Growlers Beer Bistro on Thursday, Sept. 17. Photo Credit: Contributed by KelSo Brewery.

TUCKAHOE, N.Y -- As part of Hudson Valley Craft Beer Week, Growlers Beer Bistro in Tuckahoe will host Women in Beer, an event that focuses on women’s contributions to the craft beer community.

Scheduled on Sept. 17, the event will allow guests to sample craft specialties from 17 breweries, enter a free raffle for prizes, and interact with women who work for breweries in a variety of capacities, from brewing to marketing and distribution.

Growlers is a unique craft beer bar that offers 17 taps with beers that rotate as the kegs run dry. The ever-changing menu provides true craft beer lovers with a way to try the best ales, stouts and lagers that the area’s -- and the country’s- - most innovative small breweries have to offer.
  • What : Women in Beer event
  • When : Thursday, September 17, 2015, 7-10pm
  • Where : Growlers Beer Bistro, 25 Main Street, Tuckahoe, NY 10707
  • Phone : 914-793-0608

“We have beer events every Thursday night,” said Growlers owner Eric Lorberfeld. “Normally, we’ll have just one featured brewery. The Women in Beer event is special because it will give guests an opportunity to sample a wider variety of beers than we’d normally offer at our events, but also because it will give customers a chance to talk to multiple women in the industry about their experiences and their breweries’ products and history.”

Women have increasingly been involved in the beer brewing industry. According to the Brewers Association, women consume almost 32 percent of the craft beer volume in America annually. Mike Naclerio, board member of Hudson Valley Craft Beer Week and specialty brand manager for Craft Beer Guild of New York, hopes the Women in Beer event will inspire more women to take the craft beer plunge for business and pleasure.

“Beer is generally viewed as such a male concept but, at my company, for example, just under 50 percent of our staff, from operations to sales, is made up of women,’’ Naclerio said. “We wanted to make other women feel comfortable, to show them that it’s acceptable to be involved in the beer industry or just to be a beer geek in general.”

"I think this is a great time for women in beer,” said Karri Diomede, Brewery Representative for Keegan Ales. "We’ve taken the time to educate ourselves, to really understand and respect the process and the product and to learn what it is we like while, at the same time, having fun with it. Some of the women in the industry take things more seriously than the men! They sell better, study harder, and really support this growing community.”

Molly McDevitt, New York City Sales Representative for Captain Lawrence Brewing Company, says great bartenders, and her female counterparts, are always ready to induct more interested women into the craft beer community.

“My favorite part of my job is helping suggest beers to new customers,” McDevitt said. “Most of the women in this industry are here because we are truly passionate about what we do, so we would love to help others explore the craft beer scene.”

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