Presented by Fem Collective, South Florida’s first ever beer festival celebrating women in the brewing industry will take place on Memorial Day Weekend (May 28, 2017) in the Fat Village Art District in Fort Lauderdale. The FemAle Brew Fest will host a large selection of Female run craft breweries plus various vendors, music and a selection of artisanal food pairings from local female run establishments.
The FemAle Brew Fest is unique because of its focus. Aside from great beers from around the country, the event will be celebrating the female experts and brewsters in the popular craft beer movement — making this the first and only festival of its kind in the US.
Why is it the first? According to a Stanford University study out of 1,700 active breweries surveyed, only 4% had a female head brewer or brewmaster, so beer festivals typically have very few female-run breweries present.
“Although many may picture the average craft brewer as bearded and dressed in flannel, the event will showcase the original brewers, women, the demographic that counts for a whopping 32% of American craft beer consumption,” said Frances Antonio-Martineau, Festival organizer and CEO of Fem Collective. “Some of the best, hand selected female run breweries in the country will be in attendance showcasing both their regular and seasonal products. I am a beer drinker and female entrepreneur that is always on the lookout for avenues to promote and showcase women.”
This event, unlike any other, features only craft beer from breweries with a female head brewer, brewmaster or owned and operated. The event will be held at a warehouse in the popular Flagler Arts District and feature female dj’s, bands and vendors. The festivities will be extra special for VIP ticket holders, as they will be treated to an industry tasting and talk with leading brewsters and women brewmasters.
VIP Tickets will be offered at a pre-sale price of $35 (ends 4/20), as regular admission rates are $40 and $50 at the door. VIP tickets will allow entrance to the event an hour prior to general public, commemorative glass, access to Brewster Talk, Seat at Food/Beer Pairing, unlimited sampling (limited to 100 people). General Admission tickets will be offered at a pre-sale price of $25 (ends 4/20), with regular admission rates being $30 and $35 at the door with unlimited sampling and Designated Driver tickets will be offered at $10 and will allow entrance to the event, free water and a food voucher (no alcohol).