Angels of ale, ladies of lager, gals into grölsch, princesses of pints. Babes of bock? OK, so I made that last one up, but you get the point. As their motto claims, Girls’ Pint Out is a national craft beer organization for women created back in Indianapolis, Ind., in 2010 that now has more than 45 chapters across the country. San Antonio is a recent addition to the fold.
The main focus of the group is to bring together women who are interested in craft beer through various events. Lara Pearson began the San Antonio Girls’ Pint Out chapter in October 2013. After moving from Denver in 2010, Pearson found joy in San Antonio’s local beer community and wanted to find a way to become more active. She found the Texas chapter of GPO through Google and a few emails later SAGPO was born.
Today, SAGPO is a one-woman outfit with the intent of empowering women to become more knowledgeable about beer. “There is never a reason not to go find good beer,” says Pearson, “the beer culture is very male dominated, I want women to know that the resources are here for them to learn about beer.” Amen, sister. While I give props to my brewing brothers out there, growing a beard shouldn’t be a pre-req for throwing down on some tasty lagers, stouts and IPAs.
The group’s current focus is putting together meet-up events with Texas breweries. The first official SAGPO event was a meet-and-greet happy hour at the Big Hops Growler Station on Broadway. Patrons of the event were able to try a Saint Arnold’s beer sampler of the Winter Stout, Elissa IPA, Endeavour (a double IPA) and Fancy Lawnmower. The Fancy Lawnmower, normally a golden-hued Kölsch, was colored a sassy pink using red prickly pear for the event. Freezing temperatures did not deter a tremendous turnout to the inaugural event. Women packed into Big Hops, greatly outnumbering the various groups of guys enjoying their own happy hour time.
The group’s second event was an ’80s paint party held at Big Hop’s Huebner location to celebrate Painted Lady, a spicy sweet Belgian tripel from Karbach Brewing. Ladies of the group showed up looking fierce with side ponytails, leg warmers, neon colors and painted nails. Fabric pens and markers were put to work on T-shirts and faces … get it? They were all painted ladies.
Future plans for SAGPO include charity events to support military veterans (Pearson is a Navy vet) and workshops for helping uninitiated women learn about beer and beer dinners. The popularity of these debut events may just be the proof Pearson needs to show that, yes, her efforts are appreciated.
For those interested, know that this group caters to even the most timid of suds-sippers, as well as those with a more expansive brew IQ. The group’s next event will be a Sadie Hawkins party on Tuesday, March 11, at Branchline Brewing. –Sara Gallegos