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Calgary’s all-female brew crew serves up fourth annual Women’s Day beer

Last Updated Mar 28, 2021 at 10:17 pm MDT

CALGARY (660 NEWS) — The all-female team at a local Calgary microbrewery is doing its part to support fellow women entrepreneurs in the beer industry.

For the fourth consecutive year, the women at Cold Garden Beverage Company created, designed and brewed their annual International Women’s Day beer.

“Right from the recipe to the yeast we use, to the malts that we put in it — all the ladies, we sat together and came up with this brew together,” said tap room manager Brenda Dymond. “And now we all get to sit down and enjoy a pint of it.”

The brew is called “Tropic Like It’s Hot,” a play on a famous Snoop Dogg song.

A portion of all the beer sold is donated to the Pink Boots Society to fund scholarships for women in the alcoholic beverage industry.

“It’s important that everyone can get recognized in this industry, not just your typical brewers,” said Dymond.

“A lot of the ladies that come and help do it have never really brewed before, have never even really seen that process, but they serve the beer every day so it’s sort of an education for everybody.”

The team poured its first pints of “Tropic Like It’s Hot” last week.

“It’s not a quick process,” said Dymond. “So by the time you come up with your idea, you have to go through the process, your early-morning brew. That finished product, being able to say, ‘I helped make that. I’m part of that. That delicious thing you’re enjoying, I helped with that.’”

Everything from the flavour notes to the brewing process to marketing the beer was all done by women.

Dymond has helped create the beers in the past four years and encourages others to take part.

“Something that we should all try to take part in every year,” she said. “It’s really cool that it’s grown from a national to an international thing. It recognizes women from around the world.”