What Women Endure Working in Craft Beer and Why It Needs to Change

with Siobhan Buchanan (@BritishBeerGirl) & Charlotte Cook

Season 2


Episode 119

This week on the Hop Forward Podcast, we talk to beer writer Siobhan Buchanan and Head Brewer of South London’s Coalition BrewingCharlotte Cook, to talk about sexism, misogyny, toxic workplace culture and leadership, and what women endure working in craft beer and hospitality on a regular basis on account of the attitudes of men.

In this open and frank discussion, we ask questions such as what can women do to protect themselves from being ill-treated or taken advantage of, how can we tell whether a beer business is genuine in its responses to being exposed on social media verses those with PR management and damage control, and what action should breweries be taking to make amends or protect their female employees and patrons?

While we’re careful not to name any particular businesses and keep the conversation more generalised, the discussion may be hard listening for some of our listeners, especially those affected by the nature of the topic.

Should you relate to what’s being shared, please don’t suffer in silence and reach out to your union representative, to The Drink’s Trust charity (UK) or to the Brewer’s Association (USA) and get advice.


This episode is sponsored by...

Crisp Malt

Since 1870, Crisp Malt has been producing the finest malt at Great Ryburgh in Norfolk. With 5 maltings located in the best barley growing areas in the UK, they produce a wide range of malts and non-malted cereals in 25kg sacks for craft brewers and distillers all over the world.

They still work one of the last remaining floor maltings in England and use it to make their pioneering heritage malts. They also craft roasted and crystal malts of unprecedented consistency on their vertical, all electric tower roasting plant, the only one of its kind in the UK. Check out their website for more information about their range of malts and also their educational blogs and webinars too.

Visit crispmalt.com to find out more

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