Women on Tap’s brilliant WOTFEST returns this year at the end of May, and they have reached out to beer lovers around the country to arrange some events to celebrate nationwide! So naturally I couldn’t resist getting Shropshire in on the act. We’ve got a lively programme for locals taking place.
Drive Yourself to Drink – Alcohol-free beer tasting
stop. coffee shop in Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery
dry. – Shrewsbury’s first alcohol-free bottle shop is proud to present its fourth Drive Yourself to Drink event. Join me, Laura Hadland for a celebration of brilliant women in the beer industry making low and no-alcohol beers. You’ll receive a welcome cocktail on arrival, followed by a guided tasting of 4 beers of 0.5% ABV or lower with paired food to enjoy along the way.
Tickets are £20 available from drybychoice.com.
Girls Beer Social
The Boot Micropub, Wellington
The purpose of the event is not to exclude, but to ensure anyone who defines as a woman has the opportunity to come out and drink beer with other like-minded individuals in a safe environment. We’ll look out for each other from the moment we walk through the door right up to jumping in the taxi home.
Free – just turn up and say hello!
Shrewsbeer – Shrewsbury Sunday Beer Tours
At pubs around Shrewsbury
This WOTFEST special Shrewsbeer tour will take in four pubs in the town, with a beer at each included in the ticket price. I will introduce you to some of Shropshire’s brilliant pubs and breweries and the talented women making them happen. This is a relaxed, inclusive event and everyone (over 18) is welcome. You can even bring your dog along! Shrewsbury BID supports this event.
Tickets are £30 and available from shropshiregoat.com/shrewsbeer.
WOTFEST organiser Rachel Auty is also asking breweries get involved. They can now sign up to the WOTFEST showcase. Here are all the details:
Breweries invited to sign up to Women On Tap Showcase
WOTFEST SEVEN will take place 24th to 28th May 2023. The Women On Tap team is asking UK breweries to celebrate the women in their workforce.
In the lead up to the annual festival, venues always ask for a list of breweries they can refer to when planning tap takeovers to run across the dates of the main event.
In response to this Women On Tap CIC is pulling together a list of breweries that champion women working in beer and are actively reflecting this in the workplace. This list will be used for a Women On Tap 2023 brewery showcase. Breweries deemed eligible will have their company names and sales contact information shared ahead of WOTFEST.
Breweries are asked just five short questions about women in brewing, decision-making, and as a proportion of the overall workforce. They aren’t expected to get ‘top marks’ in every area to pass eligibility for the list. But they are invited to celebrate women in their company across any of the three areas.
How to get involved
Women On Tap CIC founder Rachel Auty adds:
“This data just does not exist at present in the UK. There are various pots of data and evidence around the lack of women in beer and yet this feels like really key data that we could measure against year-on-year to really evidence progress. For us this is about helping bars with planning tap takeovers by sharing a list of breweries who are walking-the-walk and successfully engaging women on their teams, but it does feel like an important data set in the fight for equality in beer.
We urge breweries of all sizes to get onboard with this. The International Women’s Day brewing projects are wonderful, but we simply can’t only champion women in beer on one day a year. We’d love to know more about the current makeup of our UK brewery teams and we can’t wait to celebrate breweries who truly are breaking the mould in beer.”
UK breweries are asked to fill in a short online form. Visit https://forms.gle/4xxUaiSwhXuh3r9X6 before April 30th 2023.