Hi again beer lovers! Come on in, say hello and share a cold one!
There's a good crop of beer news to check out this week.
And the Weekly Pint informs us that today is International Women's Day and points to some of the notable women of craft brewing. Though I don't know how they managed to write two articles on that subject without ever mentioning the Pink Boots Society.
Brewing was often women's work in pre-industrial times, but like most women's work it gets little respect from male commentators. I'm reading "A History of Beer and Brewing" by Ian Hornsey, which I will quote more from in the future, and the section on Tudor-era England includes this:
The tavern, ale-house or inn, with their own brewhouses... were the domain of the brewster and that celebrated haradan (sic) the ale-wife. The latter species was immortalised by John Skelton in The Tunnyng of Elynour Rummynge, which in short lines describes the drunken frolics of some women at Mrs. Rumming's ale-house... Skelton portrayed Elynour as the typical ale-wife and spoke of her as a detestable old creature with a crooked nose, humped back, gray hair and a wrinkled face.Be glad I can't include the nasty caricature that goes with that description; it's crude even for a 16th century woodcut and looks more like a scarecrow than any kind of human.
I've got Torpedo IPA (on sale for $12.99/12 this week) and a Hop Stoopid (yum). What are you drinking? Is anyone brewing?