Last night, 1747 Pub at Reynold’s Tavern — my home away from home — was quite the little shenanigans-fest, as it was the scene for Annapolis Beer Week’s Women in Beer event.
In addition to delicious beer, there was also an interactive panel discussion of women who work in the industry, including:
- Cara Flynn, pathfinder Washington, D.C., and Maryland for Devils Backbone
- Sami Myers, Capital area sales manager for Victory
- Lauren Bigelow, marketing director for Fordham & Dominion
- Lori Moritz, co-owner and founder of Eastern Shore Brewing
- Mary Eliza McRae, regional sales manager for Rogue Ales
- Me, general tomfoolery enthusiast and T-rex advocate
Cassie Mabery, director of marketing at Katcef, acted as our amazing moderator for the evening, and she deserves an award — when you put a bunch of spunky female beer drinkers in one room, it gets rowdy. Fun, informative and super cool… but very rowdy. That gal can wrangle a room like nobody’s business.
Anyway, there’s no way I can recount everything discussed last night — everything from our favorite beer styles to gender-based challenges we’ve encountered in the beer industry — but I will say it was such an honor and a privilege to be a part of it. Especially since I felt like I spent half the time fangirling over the other women on the panel, heh.
Yes, I write about beer, but hearing the stories these women shared last night was a humbling experience. It was like I got to be on the panel, but also be an audience member, hearing from some of the coolest lady peers in the business I’ve met.
Also, I want to extend a special thank you to Marilyn Burge, the proprietor of Reynold’s Tavern and 1747, for hosting such a wonderful event and being generally fabulous and flawless, as always. And for letting me choose Goose Island’s Lolita as my featured beer for the evening.
Man, what a night. Women in beer know how to throw one heckuva party.