New beer festival in Edinburgh celebrating women in the industry launches this week

An exciting Edinburgh-based beer club for women has announced the launch of a new beer festival aimed at celebrating the female experts who are driving the beer industry forward.

Published 6th Sep 2019
Updated 20 th Sep 2023

Organised by Beers Without Beards, the Women In Beer Festival - WIB Fest - will run over four days this week in five of Edinburgh’s top pubs and bars, with everyone invited to join in the fun.

Running from the 10th to the 13th of October 2019, the event will see The Stockbridge Tap, Monty’s, Salt Horse, Fierce Bar and the Campervan Brewery Taproom showcase 10 breweries (brewed or owned by women) across five Tap Takeovers, conferences and workshops all hosted by Women In Beer.

The group started as a 'safe' space for women to enjoy beer.

Amélie Tassin, founder or Beers Without Beards and organiser of WIB Fest to say: “We want to amplify the amazing work women in beer are doing and create role models to help redress the gender balance.”

Aidy Fenwick, co organiser of WIB Fest to add: “Our Women In Beer Fest will highlight the women who make the beer industry great - from brewery founders and brewers to marketers and bar staff. The festival is an amazing opportunity to enjoy some great beers and learn from industry experts.
A part of the tickets proceeds will be donated to our charity partner."

'Beers Without Beards' started off as a small group of women who like beer and enjoy drinking and learning about it but it has grown in popularity with the mission statement that they are not about excluding men but creating a “safe space” for women to experiment and learn about craft beer, appealing to new members who wish to get more from their favourite drink in an industry that has traditionally been male-dominated.

The group say that the events are open to everyone and will give people the opportunity to learn everything about beer - from an introduction to
beer styles and food pairing to off flavours and more.

• Tickets can be purchased on the Beers Without Beards website

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Driven by a passion for all things drinks-related, Sean writes for The Scotsman extensively on the subject. He can also sometimes be found behind the bar at the world famous Potstill bar in Glasgow where he continues to enhance his whisky knowledge built up over 10 years advising customers from all over the world on the wonders of our national drink. Recently, his first book was published. Dubbed Gin Galore, it explores Scotland's best gins and the stories behind those that make them.
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