the Growlies!

B.C.’s only province-wide craft beer readers’ choice awards are back!

VANCOUVER, Oct. 3, 2019—The Growler’sB.C. Craft Beer Readers’ Choice Awards, AKA, the Growlies, is back with more beers, more categories and—best of all—more prizes!
The Growlies celebrate all of the awesomeness that is B.C. craft beer by giving beer lovers a say in who wins. Unlike traditional beer awards, The Growler’s B.C. Craft Beer Readers’ Choice Awards are be decided by the beer-drinking public: between Oct. 3 and 25, 2019, you can vote online at for the beers and breweries you think are the best in B.C.
With the help of our panel of craft beer experts, we’ve narrowed the field to 10 nominees in each beer style category. And if you don’t like our choices, this year you can write in your own picks instead!
Those who take part in the online poll will be entered to win an absolutely bonkers luxury helicopter craft beer tour from SKY Helicopters, as well as top-of-the-line homebrewing equipment and …

brewing up gender parity

My article on gender parity is on the Growler website!

BREWING UP GENDER PARITY: THE QUEST FOR BEERQUALITY REBECCA WHYMAN • JUNE 13, 2019 Women are markedly underrepresented in craft beer. This is not news to anyone. But have you ruminated on just how large the gender gap is? A 2018 survey by Nielsen-Harris found American craft beer drinkers are 68.5 per cent male and 31.5 per cent female. Closer to home, BeerMeBC’s 2018 survey had those numbers at 71 and 29 per cent, with 0.32 per cent identifying as “other.” For those not so strong in the math department, that means that there are only three women drinking craft beer for every seven men. If you were a straight man looking for a date, you wouldn’t like those odds at all. And I can tell you, as one of those three women, it’s not much fun being outnumbered everywhere I go to enjoy my beloved craft beer, delightful as those seven men may be. Drinking craft beer is the easy part—when we move into the sections of craft beer world that inv…

the end of an era

The grandfather of Canadian brewing passed away yesterday.

What's Brewing captured a final salute from John Mitchell to the BC craft beer community.

Cheers to you, John, for all you've done for the beverage and community we all love.

seattle's beer industry is sexist

This won't come as a surprise to any women in the industry.
Unfortunately, it probably will to too many of the men.

Seattle's beer industry is sexist

And it is a timely topic for me - my latest Growler article addresses the massive gender gap in craft beer.  Check it out in the paper copy of the Growler now, and coming up online soon.

women redefining middle age

There are lots of books coming out this summer on the topic of women hitting middle age - and fighting back!

The Wall Street Journal's article lists a plethora of them.  Alas WSJ demands that I subscribe if I want to keep reading their articles.  I enjoyed my first read, but they won't let me back to read it again and make a proper list of all their reading suggestions.  But here are three books that the snipit I can still see includes:

Flash Count Diary - Darcey Steinke

(It's Great to) Suck at Something - Karen Rinaldi

Is There Still Sex in the City? - Candace Bushnell

There are lots of interesting comments on the Wall Street Journal's Facebook page (and yes, I did read the comments!).  Of course there are some jackass men who feel they must comment on how over hearing about women's empowerment they are.  But there are some really wonderful comments from aging women, both on the 'rah-rah my aging years are amazing' side, and those pointing out some very goo…

frightening news

There's a lot of frightening news these days.  Most of it because of Trump and the far-right.
But I read an article yesterday that struck far more fear into my heart than that bozo has yet managed to.

It hit me on so many levels.  The biggest of which are:
1. It directly affects me, right now;
2. It is yet another shining example of gender bias in research, health care, and measurement of worth;
3. It will probably be used against women instead of used to fund more research and improve healthcare;
4. And because any good that comes of this research, will come too late for me.

So, what is the frightening news?  Menopause may cause alzheimer's.

Dammit!  I was eagerly awaiting arriving at the other side of menopause, but now I'm wishing it was still years away for me.  I need more time to change my diet (even though I'm already pretty darned good), and exercise more, and somehow reduce my stress, and get a brain-scan, and play word games, and save money so I can reti…

vancouver craft beer week

I remember ten years ago, being filled with such excitement about attending the inaugural Vancouver Craft Beer Week.
Back then, as a nascent craft beer lover, I hadn't yet met my people.  I thought I might be the only one who loved beer like I did.
I was wrong!  Delightfully wrong!  And VCBW showed me my people.
I'm just as excited this year to be attending the 10th Anniversary Hoppapalooza and Tasting Festival.

   Vancouver prepares for its biggest annual craft beer celebration Vancouver Craft Beer Week serves up epic 10th-annual 10-day citywide party
2018 Vancouver Craft Beer Week Festival at the PNE Fairgrounds. Photo by Claudia Wyler. Vancouver, B.C., May 24, 2019—Vancouver Craft Beer Week (VCBW) is all set for its 10th-annual 10-day celebration of craft beer happening from May 31 to June 9. VCBW will kick things off at the edge of one of Vancouver’s most iconic brewery districts on May 31, and continue throughout the week with dozens of citywide events across Met…