I am the first to admit that I haven’t really celebrated International Women’s Day in previous years. It is an occasion which generally passes me by. I am also not a keen beer drinker. However, when I received an invite from Brewhouse & Kitchen, asking if I would like to come along for their Brewing Experience day to celebrate International Women’s Day, I thought it would be the perfect chance to get me out of my comfort zone, try something new and celebrate how awesome us women are, all at the same time.
I was fortunate enough to be able to take along both of my friends from university, who were staying at the weekend. It was so lovely to be able to share the event with them. The brewing experience day started with a little intro about the process from Head Brewer, before we got stuck in, pouring pale ale malt and the light malt into the mash tun.
Throughout the day we were given different beers to try. I was expecting it to be a little like a wine or cider tasting, where you are presented with small glasses to try and a spittoon for those driving. This was not the case. We were provided with full half pint glasses of each beer, which was great for those who enjoyed beer, but a little daunting for those like me, who were trying beers for the first time and felt bad leaving so much. We did switch to half measures after a little while, which made it a little less of a waste, but it is something to consider if you are attending and not 100% sure about whether you will like the beers on offer.
The brewing process was fascinating, and really well incorporated into the day, with breakfast and lunch to break things up a bit and fill the time whilst we waited for the different stages to complete. There was one part, towards the end, where we were sitting around for a bit, but we were never left with an empty glass, so it was not an issue for those drinking the beer (unfortunately no matter how many I tried, I wasn’t swayed to liking any of the beers, which is a shame).
Overall, despite the fact that beer clearly isn’t for me, I still had a lovely time and learnt a lot about the beer making process. I also enjoyed doing something a little different, which is always good, and it was fantastic to spend the day with some fantastic, strong and independent women, who weren’t afraid to get hands on and involved in a process which has felt rather male orientated of late (although was originally a women’s job interestingly).
Thank you to the team at Brewhouse & Kitchen in Poole for hosting the event for us, and to Mica, who works for the company and extended the invite to the Bournemouth Bloggers for the Poole, Bournemouth and Southbourne venues to celebrate International Women’s Day.
Although I was invited along to the Brewhouse & Kitchen, and enjoyed a complimentary brewing experience with breakfast and lunch included, all words and images are my own.