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Rachel Beer Told “Women Can’t Brew”

Rachel Beer Told “Women Can’t Brew”

With a name like Rachel Beer, you pretty much have to assume that brewing is in her blood. And so it is, but apparently she’s lacking the Y chromosome to do it, according to the officials at a New Zealand home brewing competition.

Despite making multiple batches of her own brew over the last few years, Lake Hayes A&P Show in Queenstown has denied her request to be judged in their annual contest, saying it’s only for men.

According to the NZ Herald News, “Who cares if I have or haven’t got balls?” she fumed.  “At the end of the day a home brew is a home brew.”

Contest officials have asked her to put in a request for a “ladies” or a special “mixed sex” bracket next year, rather than stating the obvious — there’s no reason gender would make any difference in the brewing of beer and as such, no reason to have a men’s only bracket in the first place.  Does there really need to be a separate contest as if there’s a “bitches brew?”

According to Martin Bulmer, of the Society of Beer Advocates, women make up 10 percent of the society’s 500 members.  That’s a lot of women to make hopping mad.



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5:23AM PST on Feb 22, 2015

In NZ? Seriously, NZ, get a grip.

6:06AM PDT on Oct 29, 2013

Can only agree with Eric R. Go back far enough and it was WOMEN who were the brewers!! What a bunch of IDIOTS!!!

6:41PM PDT on Mar 18, 2013

I thought New Zealand was too smart for this crap.

8:09AM PDT on Mar 17, 2013

How things have deteriorated. In the Middle Ages it WAS the women who brewed the berer.[ apart from the monks].

7:00AM PDT on Mar 17, 2013


1:07PM PDT on Mar 16, 2013

This is ridiculous. How does gender affect brewing a beer? I don't think the cider I just brewed would taste any different if it were brewed by a man.

6:15PM PST on Feb 2, 2012


5:51PM PST on Feb 2, 2012

Such sexist BS!

6:55PM PST on Jan 23, 2012

Pretty dumb to think gender has anything to do with brewing beer. Do these morons realize that the division of men and women in the fields of cooking and chemistry is about 50-50?

1:12AM PST on Jan 20, 2012

Pathetic nonsense. Women, have always made good beer . There's a professional brewster (correct term) here in Crewe, whose ales and stouts have won quite a few awards.

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