Friday is International Women’s Day, which marks both an annual celebration of women’s many contributions to society and, according to the holiday’s official website, a call to action for accelerating gender parity. In the craft brewing world, every March 8th stands out as a day to recognize the gender that did it first, appropriately sparking women led beer making sessions all over the planet.
One such session is not taking place on IWD, but brew day for Pike Brewing Company‘s Morning After Pale will commence in mid-April this year, a few weeks prior to the beer’s release at Women in Beer, Pike’s annual Seattle Beer Week celebration of craft beverages, local foods, and the women who make them.
The principle brewers for centuries, women are credited with introducing hops to malt fermentation, radically transforming the brew to what we now recognize as beer. Today, women continue to lead and innovate within global beer, food and craft beverage scenes. Pike’s Women in Beer tasting event highlights an impressive selection of women-owned-and-run producers who continue to move the industry forward.
2019 marks the 8th annual Women in Beer, and like each year, Pike will look to raise $10,000 for its local Planned Parenthood chapter by donating proceeds from ticket sales and from sales of Morning After. Pike’s support of community health care, reproductive rights, and specifically Planned Parenthood, has been ongoing for many years: Founding co-owner Charles Finkel is a former board member of Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest and Hawaiian Islands, which Women in Beer was launched to benefit from its inception.
Planned Parenthood is the nation’s leading reproductive health care provider and advocate, but the organization has continually come under fire from the political right, and even more so in recent years. A massive “defunding” effort, led by Vice President Mike Pence, is currently underway with the goal of implementing legislation that would block women’s access to Planned Parenthood health centers around the country. Funds raised by tasting events like Women in Beer could be put to use in maintaining accessibility for the estimated 2.4 million people per year who receive reproductive health care from the centers.
Pike Morning After Pale, the official beer of Women in Beer, features a light and creamy malt base and refreshing, bright hop character from whole leaf Citra hops. It is brewed by the women of Pike, led by brewer Jan Balcom. Pike may also invite some local brewers from neighboring breweries to join them this year, but that hasn’t been confirmed yet.
“Pike Morning After Pale is a delicious beer with a punny name, which strives to celebrate and demystify health care and reproductive rights,” said Pike Director of Communication Stasia Brewczynski. “Each year, the recipe features a different hop—this year we’re using bright and tropical Citra.”
For the first time, Pike Morning After Pale will not only be available on draft, but also in six-packs of 12-oz cans. The can’s art features Pike’s new Star P logo and Planned Parenthood’s blue and pink palate. Cans and draft of Pike Morning After Pale will be available in May. Tickets for Women in Beer on May 13 are available now, here.