We are part of an international women’s organization whose members are women passionate about craft beer.
Barleys Angels Seattle is part of a collection of independent chapters that span the globe. We were birthed out of the Pink Boots Society, a professional association for women in beer, and began to fly on our own May 2012. Our mission is to grow the sisterhood of women craft beer enthusiasts world wide and we intend to do that through education. To know beer is to love beer. If you’re not a beer fan, you haven’t had the right beer yet!
Barleys Angels Seattle Chapter
My name is Courtney Merino and I am the founder of the Seattle chapter of Barley’s Angels. I am an avid craft beer lover and believe in educating myself on things I love. This is what first drew me to Barley’s Angels. Both my husband and are homebrewers and have been for about the last five years. I am a member of WABL and Rat City Homebrew club here in Seattle.
Why Barley’s Angels?
This is adapted from an article written by Barley’s Angels Co-Founder, Lisa Morrison, for Beer Northwest magazine:
In many cultures, beer is often thought of as a man’s drink, thanks to big-dollar advertising for decades that has insinuated that if a man drinks that particular (big) brewery’s wares, he will be funnier, stronger, richer, and sexier.
But before those flickering images began to appear on televisions; before words were heard on radios; before the first printing press was invented; and, some say, even before petroglyphs appeared on ancient man’s walls, beer belonged to women.
The late Alan D. Eames, a cultural anthropologist whose explorations into the meaning of beer took him to some of the least-traveled places on Earth, said that ancient legends from many cultures tell how a goddess took pity on mankind by giving us a gift after famine, disease, war, death and all other horrors were unleashed on the world.
In the often-told Greek version of the tale, Pandora finds at the bottom of her box a gift that can spare mankind: Hope. In another version of the same tale, though, a tribal African Pandora repeats the ill-fated move. But instead of hope, the gift to save mankind at the bottom of this box is a gourd of beer. This cup of bliss was given by the goddess to her daughters to relieve her suffering children — a soothing sip to bring joy and warmth, provide nourishment (beer is liquid bread, after all) and inspire storytelling (the passing of traditions), song and dance.
According to Eames, the African tribal Pandora’s story is not an anomaly: In the mythologies of all ancient societies, beer was a gift to women from goddesses, never a gift to men or from male deities.
As beer became more prevalent, its intoxicating properties were considered to be the work of deities. In ancient civilizations, women who brewed were held in higher esteem. Many brewers (there was no need to differentiate between genders because all brewers were women at this time) were considered High Priestesses because they could capture the deities in their cups. A few sips of this deity and cares would magically disappear …
Ladies, it’s time we got our malty mojo back.
Obviously, women don’t need a club or group to enjoy a good beer, but the power of women together can transcend beyond the usual into a force that borders on the magical. When we combine our strengths and our imaginations and encourage each other to explore new and exciting beers with us in a supportive environment, we learn more, we create more — and we have more fun. That’s what Barley’s Angels is all about!