In recent years, women have become a stronger presence in the typically male-dominated craft beverage industry. While there are associations that provide education for women in segments of the industry — Pink Boots Society and Pomme Boots Society have created a space for female beer and cider producers, respectively — there has never been an educational program for women working across the craft beverage industry as a whole. Kellie Shevlin, executive director of the Craft Beverage Expo, recently filled that gap by organizing the first Women in Craft Forum, which took place on the final day of the approximately 850-attendee Craft Beverage Expo held Dec. 3–5 in Louisville, Kentucky.
Peggy Noe Stevens, founder of the Bourbon Women Association and the first woman in the world to receive the title of Master Bourbon Taster, moderated the day of sessions. Stevens, a “dynamo,” Shevlin said, and the ideal person to lead a day of firsts that she hopes will motivate attendees to think bigger.
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