THUNDER BAY — A group of women involved in the local craft brewing scene have partnered together to create a new beer to celebrate International Women's Day.
Participants from Sleeping Giant Brewing Company, Dawson Trail Craft Brewery, and Lakehead Beer Company, along with Canada Malting and the Northwestern Ontario chapter of the Society of Beer Drinking Ladies have created a new pomegranate rye pale ale, which they've named Better Together.
Mika and Scotia, brand ambassadors for the local Society of Beer Drinking Ladies group, said the process was a collaboration after a women-only event held in January.
Their goals for the group are to create a safe environment for women to explore a frosty mug of beer.
“No offence to any men, we don’t want any men to tell us what kind of beer we like or we don’t want it explained to us — aka mansplained,” Mika said. “But we also wanted to create a safe space for women to enjoy beer, learn about some great things that people are doing in the community and women organizations.
Better Together will be available on tap at both Dawson Trail Craft Brewery and Lakehead Beer Company, and $1 per litre sold of Better Together will be donated to the Elizabeth Fry Society. Mika and Scotia will also be accepting donations for the Faye Peterson House and the Elizabeth Fry Society.
“We’re supporting the charities that help women get back on their feet or make their lives better,” said Mika.
Elizabeth Fry Society is an organization that helps incarcerated women transition back into society and Faye Peterson House supports women of abuse.
“We are encouraging people to stop in and say hi. Drop a donation,” said Mika.
An International Women's Day event on Wednesday will also serve as a launch for the new beer, with the celebration taking place between 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Lakehead Beer Company.