imageThroughout the industry of brewing there has been this misconception associated with women and ladies - they hate beer. This could not be farther from the truth. Just walk into a pub, bottleshop, or brewery and you’ll find a least one person with an XX chromosome.

Does this mean that woman is an oddity? Does she care what you think of her beer drinking?

The answer for both of those questions is no.

The simple fact is there are many women who would loving nothing better than to enjoy a porter, stout, ipa, or any number of beers. In fact this writer on many occasions had been forced to reassess what his definition of the female beer drinker is, simply because she asked for an India Pale Ale or Sour.

Which is another reason I am happy to announce the release of another Brewer's Share Experimental from Full Sail.

image of Stephanie Duffy courtesy Full Sail BrewingDuffy Counterpunch Imperial Cascadian Dark Ale is the name of the beer. Named after Full Sails Marketing Coordinator Stephanie Duffy, this has everything that you would expect from a woman who loves her beers. 

In fact the brewery went as far as calling this beer " ... rich and complex, with woodsy evergreen aromas complemented by notes of coffee and dark chocolate from roasted malts. The mouthfeel is full-bodied and warming, and the ample malt body (with help from Munich and a range of Caramel and Carafa dark malts) supports the assertive roast and hop character. Nugget, Crystal, and Brewer’s Gold hops provide a slightly fruity, tangerine note and a crisp, hoppy finish. ABV 7.5% IBU 82"

But don't take the breweries word for it. Here's what Duffy had to say about this beer. 

“My beer defies the traditional expectations of a "girl's beer.” Like many women, I love my beer and I appreciate a broad cross-section of craft brews. I’m lucky to live and work in a beautiful place like Oregon, where craft beers are such a vital part of our culture. Though the beer industry is still very male-dominated (as are so many other industries), I thought it was especially appropriate to brew a bold, strong beer in honor of all the bold, strong women who shirk stereotypes and avoid being pigeonholed. We’re in no need of pandering! Our tastes are as diverse as anyone else’s. Duffy’s Counterpunch is a richly nuanced counterargument—in beverage form,”

Not satisifed with just one paragraph, Stephanie also interjects that ...

“Strong women have always inspired me, and I’m fortunate to have a CEO and Founder like Irene Firmat leading us employee-owners at Full Sail. She’s been in the game with the boys since 1987 and has come to the forefront as a savvy businesswoman who creates a company that truly loves and respects the culture of beer. You couldn’t ask for a better female role model than that.”

Look for this beer where you find bottles of Wreck the Halls, Amber, Session Lager, Session Black, or Session Fest.


More on Brewer's Share and it's Charitable Beneficiary

The Brewer’s Share series is a line-up of small batch draft beers where each Full Sailor takes a turn hand-crafting their own single batch recipe and a portion of the proceeds benefit a local charity of their choosing. Full Sail’s Brewer’s Share Experimental beers will only be available on tap at Full Sail’s Brew Pub in Hood River, Oregon, and at Full Sail’s Brewery at Riverplace, in Portland, Oregon. Growlers to go are available.

With each Brewer’s Share series beer, Full Sail picks a local nonprofit to receive a portion of the proceeds from the sale of the beer. Stephanie has chosen to support Bitch Media, so every keg of Stephanie’s beer benefits this nonprofit feminist media organization, best known for publishing the magazine Bitch: Feminist Response to Pop Culture. Bitch Media’s mission is to provide and encourage an engaged, thoughtful feminist response to mainstream media and popular culture.

“My hope is this beer will inspire further conversations about women’s rights, feminism, and equality, because those are incredibly important and pertinent topics for all of us. What better place to discuss the philosophies of our culture and world than in a public house over a pint? That’s why I chose to support Bitch. They promote healthy, informed discussions about feminism in our culture. Not only that, they’re based out of Portland and I find their insight to be of the highest value,” added Duffy.

Women and men, all! Empower yourselves, enjoy the beer, and lift up a pint!

About Full Sail Brewing Company

The independent and employee-owned Full Sail Brewery is perched on a bluff in Hood River, Oregon, overlooking the most epic wind and kite surfing spot in the world. At this very moment our specialists in the liquid refreshment arts are crafting barley and hops into your next beer. Among the company’s most popular brews are Full Sail Amber, IPA, Limited Lager Series, Pub Ale Series, Session Premium, Session Black, and Session Fest lagers. Founded in 1987, the Full Sail crew has been fermenting godlike nectar for 26 years. Committed to brewing great beer and sustainable practices, their award winning brews are now available in 31 states. The Full Sail Tasting Room and Pub is open seven days a week. Swing by for a pint, grab a bite, tour the brewery, or just soak up the view.

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