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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Past Member 3 years ago

In NZ? Seriously, NZ, get a grip.

Melvyn H.
Melvyn Huntley4 years ago

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

Jessica M.
Jessica M4 years ago

I thought New Zealand was too smart for this crap.

Ernest Roth
Ernest R4 years ago

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

MAXIMILLIAN F G4 years ago


Melissa C.
Melissa Clason4 years ago

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.

Eternal Gardener
Eternal G6 years ago


Sarah M.
Sarah M6 years ago

Such sexist BS!

SeattleAnn S.
Ann S6 years ago

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?

Magdalen B.
Magdalen B6 years ago

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.