The Women of the North Shore Craft Beer Scene

By KBJR News 1

June 22, 2014 Updated Jun 22, 2014 at 10:52 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- The craft beer boom in Minnesota has its share of power players, but there are those among the greats that have gone relatively unnoticed.
Today the Duluth Experience ended its Craft Beer Roundtable sessions with "The Women of the North Shore Craft Beer Scene".

Craft beer is something many of us in the Northland enjoy, and when you think of who is making that tasty, bubbly beverage, you might be surprised.

"Walking out into the bar and actually talking to customers, whether they're women or men, sometimes I really surprise them, they don't expect me to be the brewer" said Allyson Rolph, Head Brewer for Thirsty Pagan Brewery.

The Women of the North Shore Craft Beer Scene were featured in the last of The Duluth Experience's Craft Beer Roundtable discussions. It was a packed house for a unique topic.

"It's actually been very lively, very funny lots of good comments and good questions, lots of camaraderie" said Jamie MacFarlane of Castle Danger Brewery.

"I think the more we can do to show women, hear their stories about the beer industry, which is a very accepting industry, the better" said Laura Mullen of Bent Paddle Brewery.

Many stories were told and many laughs were had.
All of the women discussed how they fell into the brewing world.

"I actually started home brewing a number of years ago, probably about 10 years ago, because I was living across the street from a homebrew supply shop. I'm kind of a do-it-yourselfer" said Melissa Rainville, a brewer at Fitgers Brewery.

A lot of myths were also dispelled about women and beer.

"A lot of women think, beer is not a female beverage. Well, we're here to completely dispel that" said Liz Gleeson of Carmody's Irish Pub and Brewing.

Raising glasses, and giving credit where credit is due.

The events are designed to provide behind-the-scenes perspectives on the regional craft beer community and showcase the people involved in pushing the North Shore Craft Beer Scene to the forefront of the expanding industry in Minnesota.

Bryce Henry