Newbarns and Beers Without Beards release new beer celebrating women in brewing

The Kölsch style beer has been created following International Women's Day 2022 to highlight the various roles played by women in the beer-making industry.

Architects of Society is a new release from Leith's Newbarns Brewery, which has been created in collaboration with Beer Without Beards, a female-led group of beer lovers. Recently launched on 27th of April at Nauticus in Leith, the beer was brewed on the 8th of March to mark both International Women's Day and International Women's Collaboration Brew Day (IWCBD), a worldwide celebration created by Sophie de Ronde in 2013.

The Beer Without Beards group teamed up with the Leith-based Newbarns Brewery, to brew a 5% Kölsch. Architects of Society is described as being a crisp and delicate example of the style, which originates from Cologne in Germany.

Amélie Tassin, founder or Beers Without Beards said: “[Collaborating] with breweries is something we try to do regularly, as it’s a great way to raise awareness about the lack of [female representation] in the beer industry and to show to everyone that despite the stereotypes, women can also be brewers.”

Reflecting the important role that women play in the industry, the crafting of this beer has, at every stage, been a female led process. The hops coming from Stocks Farm in Herefordshire, where Felicity Beaumont manages the hop range; the malt comes from Crafty Maltsters in Fife where Alison Milne works alongside her partner in growing and malting their own barley; Holly Lewis from Newbarns prepared the yeast for the brew.

Emma Mcintosh, co-founder of Newbarns Brewery said: “I wanted to brew a beer that involved women throughout the process, not just for the brew itself, and show that women are full-fledged actors of the industry.”

The beer's name comes from the Harriet Beecher Stowe quote, “women are the real architects of society”, whilst the design of the label was inspired by the posters from the Suffragette movement.

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Amélie Tassin added: “After a very difficult year following a wave of accusations of sexism and sexual harassment in the beer industry, it was important for the group to reaffirm our support and engagement for more equality and inclusivity in the industry.”

The beer will be available on Newbarns Brewery website from Thursday 28th of April and in a selection of bars and bottle shops across the UK.

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