Top 10 female brewers13th February, 2014 by Lauren May
Women have been brewing beer since the dawn of time, but their presence within the industry has never been felt more strongly.
In ancient Egypt beer was almost entirely brewed by women and it was a German nun who discovered that adding hops to beer would help give it a longer shelf life allowing for beer to be produced on a more industrial scale.
As related in our Wine Gods and Goddesses, the Babylonians believed that the goddess Nin-Kasi taught mankind the secret of brewing.
Today thousands of ‘brewsters’ – a medieval term for a female brewer – are working in the industry at all levels crafting new styles and breweries from scratch.
When I asked Twitter to recommend some female brewers I received an outpouring of tweets listing dozens of female brewers currently making a name for themselves in the industry.
So impassioned was the response that highlighting just 10 doesn’t seem to do justice to the legion ‘brewsters’ out there.
Recommend your favourites on Twitter @teamdb using #topbrewsters.
Scroll through to see just 10 of the many women blazing a beer-brewing trail…