Tag: Illinois Craft Beer Week
Sexual harassment, an has been seething beneath the surface of the small brewing world, has come out into the open. This started with Brienne Allan, a production brewer at Notch brewing, Salem MA, posting on Intagram as ratmagnet. After a year in COVID quarantine, she said, she went on-site to help assemble Notch's new Boston brewhouse, but walked out after hearing two sexist remarks questioning her ability to be a brewer or build a brewhouse. On her Instagram, she asked, “What sexist comments have you experienced?” Within a week, she was flooded with nearly 1,000 accounts of microaggressions, sexist behavior, and outright attempted rape. As other beer and food media picked up the story, repercussions began to happen in the outside world, with many male employees, some brewery co-founder, getting removed. Chicago's Cicerone Certification Program fired a male employee who had sexually propositioned female brewery workers at a holiday party. (Chicago Tribune).
A Chicago brewpub owner has been accused of rape as well. The ratmagnet account has the story, which I can really air publicly. She has managed to fundraise for lawyers against potential libel suits. I have not. Another article is at the drinks blog VinePair. PorchDrinking provides more links, and some of the reactions by the brewers named in the posts.
Perhaps it was bad timing, but Pollyanna Brewing Co. announced that its majority owner and chief executive officer Paul Ciciora was no longer employed by the company. Ciciora has announced his retirement in March, but this week's announcement by Pollyanna also included language about taking "the needed actions to make craft beer more inclusive.” Ciciora has not been mentioned in any allegations, though. Perhaps Pollyanna should have made a two-art announcement. (Tribune)...
next weekend is the start of Illinois Craft Beer Week (originally Chicago Craft Beer Week). While there will be no public events for May 14-21, the event, sponsored by the Illinois Craft Brewers Guild, will have some promotions. Besides special tappings at participating beer slingers, they have a "Pay It Forward" promotion, basically encouraging you to buy local and tip more generously. There's also "A SHOT + A BEER," wherein you can take a photo of your vaccination record along with an Illinois beer, and post it with the tag #ShotAndBeerIL to enter a drawing for prizes. There's another social media promotion taking place of the "Passport" program. Pick up a frame at a participating brewery and post a photo with it and a beer to #ILPassportPlus for weekly prizes between May 14 and June 10.
Somehow I missed the new of yet another brewery debut, this one in Indiana. Fuzzyline Brewing Co. opened its doors May 6th in downtown Highland, 2712 Condit St. They promise a full range of beers, with an emphasis on sour styles....
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