What: S.C. Girls’ Pint Out
When: Different events twice a month. Today, the group will meet at 7 p.m. for a “Sour Hour” tasting of “sour and spontaneously fermented beers.”
Where: Location varies. Today’s event is at Krafty Draft Brew Pub (269 Charter Oak Road, Lexington).
Cost: Events are generally free, though some require tickets to be purchased beforehand. Tonight’s Sour Hour features a $12 beer flight.
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Beer isn’t just a boys’ club. About 30 Midlands women get together twice a month as a part of S.C. Girls’ Pint Out to celebrate their love of craft beer and local breweries. The national Girls’ Pint Out organization was founded in Indianapolis to bring women together over craft pints.
The Columbia chapter was founded in 2013 by April Blake and Ashley Bower, two beer enthusiasts who wanted to create a community of women bonded over beer and to support local brewers and beer-related businesses.
Their events feature activities including themed beer flights, beer and food pairings and brewery tours. They paired beer with Girl Scout cookies and painted beer-inspired pictures in February. Last year, the group took a day trip to Benford Brewing’s Lancaster brewery.
The all-female group creates an atmosphere without macho pretense, Bower said.
“It’s nice to be in an environment where people don’t assume all you want to drink is fruity beer,” Bower said. Her favorite beers include “a good, solid, hoppy IPA” and Russian imperial stouts.
S.C. Girls’ Pint Out is an opportunity for female hop-heads and women interested in learning more about craft beer to get together and explore brews they may not have tried before. Women who attend the group’s events like that it’s casual and loosely organized, with no dues or required meetings, Blake said.
Interested ladies should follow the group’s Facebook page, facebook.com/SCGirlsPintOut, for news about bi-weekly events. And, guys, if you’re really interested, ask your girlfriend to bring you. Women are allowed to bring a male guest to most events.
Amanda C. Coyne