Heya Beer Babes!
We are going to continue our journey into homebrewing - with a Ladies Brew Day!
For those of you who are new to the group, or to craft beer in general, this is an annual 3-part event that we do on homebrewing where WE make our own beer! This is the event where we make the beer!
The Carolina BrewMasters (CBM) are a local homebrewing club that do two things: brew (& drink) beer, and put on the Charlotte Oktoberfest. One of the CBM members, Lisa Johnson, started doing a Ladies Brew Day a few years ago for all of the ladies in the club who homebrew, to have a chance to get together and brew ladies-only style. Last year, Lisa approached me about doing that same thing with the Charlotte Beer Babes and having CBM lady brewers mentor the Charlotte Beer Babes – of course I said YES!
We have six 2-4-person teams of Beer Babes partnering up with mentors. The mentors provide some of the major equipment, and each team provides the rest. This is great as it's a cost save, space save, and a chance to get your toes wet (literally) in homebrewing without having to fully commit to the hobby. Plus we then get to say "I made my own beer!" after today! Novices welcome!
Lisa will be taking us through the semantics of the process in this Homebrewing 101 class on Tuesday, May 5, to kick off the series. If you want to come out and see what homebrewing is all about, that is the time to do it! There is a STRONG recommendation that if you DO want to brew, that you go to this class, though. We will be making teams up then.
For Brew Day, we will take the knowledge from the Homebrewing 101 class and apply it along with the knowledge of our mentors to make our beer in teams.
This is just like last year, only 3 weeks earlier so hopefully not as hot! ;-) The final piece of the 3-part series will be a meet [date TBD] at NoDa to try each other’s beers out!
Because this is a Brew Day, there are a couple of very important items to note for this event:
1) Closed toed shoes only, no sandals, flip flops or heels allowed. Boiling-over water is not a pretend thing here, ladies, so where those sneakers or boots!
2) Arrive BEFORE 12PM to get setup. Normally our events are very flexible on 15 minutes of arrival. Not today. You must arrive before 12pm, as this is a 5-6 hour day of brewing and we are asking our mentors to donate their day to us. Please be considerate and conscious of this and arrive as a team before 12pm.
3) We will be brewing in the parking lot of NoDa Brewing. Please park in the overflow lot across the street, and plan to grab a pint or two throughout the day from NoDa Brewing. More details at the Homebrewing 101 Class about this as well.
4) There might be a food truck on site, but feel free to bring snacks to share as well! More details at the Homebrewing 101 Class about this as well.
5) This is a 5-6 hour process. Be prepared to setup with the mentors, do the work with your team under their guidance, and then provide clean-up as a team so we don't foist that all off on the mentors who are being so kind to let us use their equipment.
If you are interested in this, please try to sign up for the Homebrewing 101 class. If you can't make that class OR you are a lady homebrewer who doesn’t need a mentor but wants to brew with us, please email me: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Looking forward to brewing with yall again (or for the first time)!
Slainté, Prost, Cheers, Salut!