On International Women's day brewsters (lady brewers) from around the world take part in what we call IWCBD (International Women's Collaboration Brew Day). Brewsters all around the globe will be making the same beer at the same time under the 'Unite' branding, its purpose: to educate & promote women in brewing.
Wild Card Brewery, led by our Head Brewer Jaega Wise, have been proud to host the London chapter of this event for the past 2 years. It has been a great opportunity for us to get members of the beer community together to promote (and celebrate) equality and diversity within our growing Brewing industry.
On International Women’s Day 2017, we decided to go bigger than ever, doubling our brewing capacity and bringing in as many women to join us as we could. The brief for this year’s brew was ‘Unite Local’, and we decided on a Rhubarb Pale Ale, requiring a whopping 70kg of fresh rhubarb sourced from New Spitalfields Market and from a local allotment. We couldn’t be happier with the amazing turnout, and the opportunity to get some of the women we admire most all under one roof, including: Sophie De Ronde (founder of IWCBD), Jenn Merrick (former Head Brewer at Beavertown), Sarah Hamilton (Head Beer Buyer at Oddbins), WF Councillor Clare Coghill, Sue Fisher (Head Brewer at Gadds Ramsgate Brewery), The Crafty Beer Girls, and women from breweries across London including East London Brewery, Five Points Brewing Co, Fourpure, Weird Beard Brew Co and (from further afield) Stroud Brewery.
The Unite Local beer will be available to buy in April in Limited Edition cans designed by by Nicola Rew. We will be launching at Wild Card Brewery on Saturday 8th April - everyone is welcome to join us to celebrate it’s launch and to get a first taste of the Rhubarb Pale Ale. And in spirit of the event we will have PoP Campaign debuting their Feminist Jukebox - a night of music made only by women.