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Ladies-only beer fest coming to Evergreen Brick Works

Society of Beer Drinking Ladies organize the first Canadian ladies-only craft beer festival taking place this Friday

From left: SOBDL founders Jaime, Erica, Mangeta, Renee and Jen are putting together the first ladies craft beer festival this Friday.

Photo credit: Peter Ovesny.

From left: SOBDL founders Jaime, Erica, Mangeta, Renee and Jen are putting together the first ladies craft beer festival this Friday.

This Friday, there will be plenty of beer – but no boys – at the Evergreen Brick Works.

That’s because Canada’s first-ever Ladies Craft Beer Festival will take over the premises.

The event, which features beers from 14 different craft breweries, mixes hops and feminism in equal measure.

Organizers say about 700 tickets have already been sold.

The festival is organized by The Society of Beer Drinking Ladies – a group of five Toronto women who work in the brewing industry. They’ve been holding monthly “bevies” for the past two years, and Friday’s event will be their biggest beer bash to date.

“It’s going to be an epic historic event, with great vibe and lady power,” said society member Jaime Dobbs.

Dobbs, who works as a sales representative for Great Lakes Brewery, said the festival is way to challenge stereotypes about women and beer. The brewing industry is very male-dominated, she said, and the event is about providing a safe and supportive space for women to enjoy a pint – or three.

“Everyone’s guard is down, and women just enjoy being themselves,” she said.

One of Dobbs’ pet peeves is hearing certain kinds of beers described as being “girly.”

“There’s no such a thing. A beer is just a beer for anyone,” she said.

Dobbs said the response to the group has been mainly positive, but some have tried to paint the festival as sexist for not allowing men. However, Dobbs believes comments like that prove exactly why a ladies-only beer space is needed.

“If I ever felt that men needed a space like this, I’d support that idea,” she said.  

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