Welcome to Queen of Craft 2016!
We're excited to offer a host of interesting sessions to the beer connoisseurs of Guelph and surrounding areas. Some of craft beer's most influential women will be descending upon our little city to discuss big ideas in brewing. With proceeds going directly to Guelph-Wellington Women-In-Crisis, your participation makes a difference in the wellness of our community. On top of that warm-fuzzy, each session promises to be informative and fun as hell!
Bitchin' Beer Blogs
Friday, March 4th, 2016
Join some of Ontario's most knowledgeable female bloggers who have opened our online minds to many different concepts in beer, with a focus on the role of women in the industry. Crystal Luxmore (Certified Ciccerone and Beer Writer), Robin LeBlanc (Beer Writer and Photographer), Kat Rogers-Hern (Chief Beer Educator and Social Media Director) and the Welly Women will explore writings that feature the history of women in beer, feminism and the craft beer industry, rules of sampling and personal tales while we sample accompanying brews.
Sign on to these blogs and the specific posts we'll be covering will be emailed to you before the session:
Crystal Luxmore- Certified Cicerone, Prud’homme Beer Sommelier, Beer Judge and journalist. Her sudsy scribbles have appeared in The Globe & Mail, enRoute, The Sun newspapers, Canadian Business, LCBO.com and more. A dynamic speaker, she talks about brewing trends on Global TV, CBC Radio, CHCH TV and at major food and drink festivals. As a beer sommelier, she creates unique beer experiences, like guided tastings, sensory bars, and team-building workshops for corporate and private clients. Sign up for her newsletter for beer recommendations, insider stories, giveaways and her tips on how to do beer better.
Robin LeBlanc- Writer and Photographer living in Toronto. As the owner of the award-winning craft beer site The Thirsty Wench and writer for Torontoist’s beer column, “Inherent Weisse,” she has appeared on TV, radio, and newspapers preaching the gospel of good beer and providing an entertaining and informative look at beer. Sign up for her blog at www.thethirstywench.com
Kat Rogers-Hern- Prud'Homme Beer Sommelier, provisional beer judge, one half of the team at Short Finger Brewing Co., and full time teacher-librarian. As SFBC's beer educator and social media director, Kat spends most of her free time researching, writing about, and encouraging others to get into the wonderful world of homebrewing. She puts her Prud'Homme training and Masters of Education to good work by leading brewing seminars, guided tastings, and homebrew competitions. Check out the SFBC blog here, and sign up for the newsletter to receive information about special offers, upcoming events, and more.
Yeast the Beast
Friday, March 11th, 2016
Join yeast specialists Anita Caven (Microbial Enthusiast), Siobhan McPherson (Lead Brewer, Burdock Brewery) and Christina Coady (Brewer, Folly Brewing) in an exploration of this complex microorganism. Discover the diversity of each strain and myriad of flavours yeast can impart in each brew.
Battle of the Chefs with special guest ingredient BEER
Friday, March 18th, 2016
Learn why beer is becoming an integral ingredient in the culinary arts. Witness two of Guelph's top-notch female chefs Becky Hood (Head Chef 39 Carden) and Heather Skinner (Head Chef Baker Street Station) go head-to-head while you sip, savour and vote!
Friday, March 25th, 2016
Session #1: 3-5pm
Session #2: 6-8pm
Back by popular demand! Learn how the euphoric pairing of cheese, chocolate and beer can change your life- with Cheese Expert Jen Whyte. Because this wonderful event falls on a stat holiday and most people have the day off, we are opening it up to partners as well, so dudes welcome.
*Purchasing an ALL-IN pass? You will be receiving an email within the next 24 hours from yours truly to ask which pairing session you'd prefer. Also, this gem of a ticket will guarantee your name be entered into a draw to be one of six lucky women who will become a member of the Queens Brew Team 2016!*
We simply cannot wait to celebrate beer with you all!
The Welly Women