Beers Without Beards is celebrating International Women's Day with tap takeover and launch of new beer

To celebrate International Women's Day on 8 March, Beers Without Beards are launching a specially brewed beer alongside a tap takeover in Portobello.

Published 2nd Mar 2020
Updated 9 th Aug 2023

The popular all-female beer group, Beers Without Beards, teamed up with Cross Borders to create a New England IPA and have compiled a 'women in beer' tap list for the takeover at Portobello Tap.

A New England IPA brewed in collaboration with Cross Borders

The group teamed up with local brewery Cross Borders, to brew a 5 per cent ABV New England IPA (NEIPA).

Beer Without Beards say that the beer has a soft creamy mouth feel and "a taste of intense orange peel with peach and mango on the nose but also light resin backed up by melon, papaya, and grapefruit, coming from the combination of Amarillo, El Dorado and Mosaic hops."

Amélie Tassin, founder of Beers Without Beards said: “Brewing in collaboration with breweries is something we try to do regularly as it’s a great way to raise awareness about the lack of women representation in the beer industry and to show to everyone that despite the stereotypes, women can also be brewers.”

The beer called NEIPA, is subtitled “Nevertheless she brewed” on the label of its cask version as a reference of the expression adopted by the feminist movement “Nevertheless she persisted”. Its meaning refers to women's persistence in breaking barriers, despite being silenced or ignored.

A “Women In Beer” tap list

Beers Without Beards

The beer will be launched on the 8th of March at the Portobello Tap alongside a “Women in Beer” tap list, which will include beers from Loch Lomond, Wild Card and the newest addition of the Edinburgh Craft Beer Scene, Stenroth Brewery.

This event will be open to everyone - bearded or not.

Amélie Tassin added: “We want to show everyone the amazing work women are doing in the beer industry and contribute create role models to help redress the gender balance”

The NEIPA will be then available in selected pubs across Scotland as well as a few bars in Newcastle, such as the Free Trade Inn.

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Known for cake making, experimental jam recipes, Champagne, whisky and gin drinking (and the inability to cook Gnocchi), Rosalind is the Food and Drink Editor and whisky writer for The Scotsman, as well as hosting Scran, The Scotsman's food and drink podcast.
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