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  1. Published on: 04/12/2023 12:31 PMReported by: editor
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    When I first began to drink beer, most women did not. Those who did would usually choose a half of lager, sometimes with lime. Others would go for drinks designed specifically for woman such as Cherry B, Pony or Babycham. A woman drinking a pint was rare, and even rarer was a woman drinking bitter or mild.

    Brewers determinedly aimed at the male market, such as the 1970s advert of a man drinking Tetley Bitter who is attracted to a beautiful woman entering the pub but instead turns away, opting for his pint instead. The accompanying slogan, “Tetley Bittermen. You can't beat 'em. Join 'em”, reinforced the message that pints of beer were for men.

    In 1998, Slater's, a Staffordhire brewer, began to produce (to my taste) an excellent beer with the name Top Totty. In 2007, it was served in the Strangers Bar in the Houses of Parliament but, because of both the name and the pumpclip illustrated with a scantily-clad Bunny girl, it caused an uproar and was consequently banned from the building. In 2018, the brewer finally bowed to the pressure and negative publicity and renamed the beer 1Hop while leaving the recipe unchanged.

    Inevitably some people, mostly but not exclusively male, branded this decision as “political correctness gone mad”, but they were wrong: it was a commercial decision based on the fact that more women were enjoying drinking real ale than before. Women make up 51% of the population, and to ignore or alienate such a large potential market seems rather short-sighted.

    I have recently read that 17% of women are regular beer drinkers, i.e., those who drink beer once or more each week. I got this figure from Dea Latis (dealatisuk.wordpress.com), an organisation committed to bringing beer to women because they believe that it’s far too good to be enjoyed only by men. 17% might not seem a high figure but it certainly represents an increase, and I've noticed you'll find more women at beer festivals nowadays.

    The fact is that beer has been brewed for at least 10,000 years, and for most of that time women were the brewers. In the early 18th century, three quarters of brewers in this country were female. Beer's image as a male drink is therefore a modern misconception, surely one that it's time to discard.

    Neville Grundy

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  3. Blackrock says:04/12/2023 03:24 PM
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    When I first began to drink beer, most women did not. Those who did would usually choose a half of lager, sometimes with lime. Others would go for drinks designed specifically for woman such as Cherry B, Pony or Babycham. A woman drinking a pint was rare, and even rarer was a woman drinking bitter or mild.

    I have recently read that 17% of women are regular beer drinkers, i.e., those who drink beer once or more each week. I got this figure from Dea Latis (dealatisuk.wordpress.com), an organisation committed to bringing beer to women because they believe that it’s far too good to be enjoyed only by men. 17% might not seem a high figure but it certainly represents an increase, and I've noticed you'll find more women at beer festivals nowadays.

    Neville Grundy

    Photo credit: Dea Latis.
    I'm not a big drinker so I'm not really qualified to talk about the merits of various beers and ales etc, but it seems to me that women generally have a sweeter palate than men, who on the whole, tend to go for the more savoury type of flavours. So unless they bring in a sweet beer, I suspect women will always be in the minority when to comes to drinking beer.


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