Chick Stout Isn’t Your Average “Girl Beer”
Words by: Quincy Malesovas
One of the beautiful things about gender equality is that it gives people the power to do whatever they want. Rather than be judged and stereotyped by their gender identity, told they need to like certain things and act certain ways, true gender equality eschews these restrictions in favour of true freedom.
Feminism isn’t telling women they need to go to work or wear pants or drink beer to embody their “empowerment”. It just provides the space to do so if they choose while also accepting that if they want to practice traditionally “feminine” beaviours, that’s okay too.
The intention behind our recently-brewed Chick Stout (made in collaboration with Froth Magazine) isn’t to make some big, bold statement that women must drink dark beers, or beer at all. But, considering so many beers marketed at women are light and pale and fruity while most dark, strong, viscous brews are targeted at men, we wanted to flip that stereotype on its head. The beer was also an excuse to showcase some great female brewers we have the privelige of working.
This “chick stout” welcomes all kinds of drinkers, although it is best suited to those who fancy brown ales, porters or stouts with hints of chocolate, coffee and caramel. If you’ve yet to delve into the world of dark brews because you’ve been told you “should” opt for lighter varieties, this is your chance to rebel against those societal norms.
Malts: Ale, Crystal Dark, Carafa II, Carahell, Oats, Wheat, Chocolate | Hops: Chinook, Cascade, Columbus | Plato: 16°P | Colour: 83 EBC | Bitterness: 48 IBU | ABV: 7%