Come Brew Beer at Mill Street for International Women’s Day

On Friday, Mill Street Brew Pub will be hosting an interactive brew day and networking event at their Harbour Drive location to celebrate International Women’s Day. Jacoba Mol and Alexis Wagner, Mill Street’s head brewers and the masterminds behind cool brews like the Spruce Moose spruce tip IPA and 80 Knots & Distraught, a Bourbon barrel-aged Belgian Porter, will lead participants through the brewing process. In addition to brewing and tasting beer, participants will also hear from guest speakers and local entrepreneurs, including Kelly Mansell from Rocket Bakery and Karen Dewling of East Coast Glow.

While craft beer has become a popular example of women entering a male-dominated industry, similar challenges exist in many professional and entrepreneurial settings. “Events like this are important to highlight and celebrate women working and excelling in the community,” said Jordan White, Mill Street Brewpub St. John’s’ sales and marketing manager. “We hope to aid in building a network of women to support each other and open new doors for others. We have a very diverse group of women presenting at this event, which allows for growth and new connections among all the participants.”

Jordan and Jacoba courtest of Mill Street Brewpub St. John’s.

Jordan and Jacoba courtest of Mill Street Brewpub St. John’s.

Craft beer in Newfoundland is pretty unique compared with the rest of North America because there are a lot of female brewers in the province (half of the craft breweries here are co-owned or entirely owned by women). Plus, many craft brewers in Newfoundland got their start homebrewing or on the brewhouse floor, rather than in a formal brewing training program. This leaves room for women to connect, encourage, and help each other out in this burgeoning industry.

“The beer industry has proven to be an incredibly supportive place for me to learn and grow with equal opportunities. At Mill Street, our Brewmaster, currently on maternity leave, and Head Distiller are both women, and we have many women on our team doing great work. It’s not often talked about because we take it for granted, but Women’s Day is a great way to celebrate how the Canadian beer industry has changed in the past 10 years,” said Master Brewer Alexis Wagner.

Master Brewer Alexis Wagner courtesy of Mill Street Brewpub St. John’s

Master Brewer Alexis Wagner courtesy of Mill Street Brewpub St. John’s

Like many brewers, Wagner has a background in engineering. “For the latter part of my engineering degree I focused on fermentation kinetics. The brewing industry seemed like a way to turn my education into a fulfilling career and profession,” she said.

Jacoba Mol joined Mill Street a year ago and learned how to brew on the job. “I came from a STEM field working in academia, so have no other background in the brewing industry. I find the industry to be extremely supportive and collaborative, as well as very open to women taking on important roles. I have really enjoyed my experiences with the brewing community, the people I work with, and the network of downtown St. John’s,” she said.

Head brewer, Jacoba Mol. courtesy of Mill Street Brew Pub St. John’s.

Head brewer, Jacoba Mol. courtesy of Mill Street Brew Pub St. John’s.

The event will start at 1 p.m. with a luncheon and wrap up at 5 p.m. with live music by Karla Pilgrim and Jackie Sullivan and $5 pints. While the brew day is focused on women, it is open to anyone. To reserve a spot, call Bier Markt – Mill Street Brewpub at (709)383-7070. Additional questions can be directed to: Jordan White (jwhite@millstreetbrewery.com).