#MadeByMAKERS: Female Beer Makers
It's no secret that craft beers have taken the beverage world by storm, with thousands of microbreweries popping up around the country in the past few years alone. In 2014, for the first-time ever, craft brewers reached double-digit (11 percent) volume share of the marketplace, according to the Brewers Association.
We've decided to celebrate a few outstanding female brewers by featuring some of their finest creations here on MAKERS.com, as part of our #MadeByMAKERS campaign.
To help these women gain even more momentum in a booming industry that's becoming increasingly more difficult to stand out, you can familiarize yourself with their brands and brews in the gallery above, and keep an eye out for them in stores nationwide.
Want even more great beer news? Check out Pink Boots Society, an organization designed to empower female beer professionals to advance their careers in the beer industry through education. We'll cheers to that.
Brewsters | Brewing since 1998, this world-renowned UK operation is run by owner and director, Sara Burton. Her love for beer led her to pursue a Masters degree in Brewing at Heriot Watt University in Edinburgh. Her favorite Brewsters beer is Decadence. Photo Credit: Brewsters
Stoudts | Carol Stoudt is the proud owner of Stoudt's Brewing Company in Pennsylvania, and is known in the industry as the "Queen of Hop." A former kindergarten teacher, this mother of five became a master brewer in 1987 after building the brewery with her husband. Photo Credit: Stoudts Facebook
Six Rivers Brewery | Talia Nachshon and Meredith Maier-Ripley celebrated this brewery's 10th anniversary in 2014. They pride themselves "on being the culmination of good food, great beer and love of a good time; providing quality and distinctive beer and menu items, utilizing local and organic ingredients whenever possible," according to their website. "The Brew with a View," as they call it, is located on top of a hill in McKinleyville, Calif., overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Photo Credit: Six Rivers Brewery
Jackalope Brewing Company | Bailey Spaulding and Robyn Virball are the two women behind this Nashville-based brewery. Founded in 2011, their unofficial motto is "Believe in Yourself," and believe in great beer. Photo Credit: Jackalope Brewing Company
New Belgium Brewing Company | Kim Jordan is the CEO of this Colorado-based comapny. Jordan's two great loves are beers and bikes, which greatly benefits her employees since they are each given a new bicycle with the label of the brand's most popular beer, the Flat Tire. Photo Credit: New Belgium Brewing Company
Dogfish Head Brewery | Mariah Calagione is the co-owner and VP of this Delaware-based brewery — one of the most popular of its kind. Since the company's founding in 1995, Dogfish Head Brewery wanted "to bring original beer, great food and local music to the Rehoboth Beach area." Photo Credit: Dogfish Head Brewery