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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