Girls’ Pint Out: Ladies into Lagers, Angels of Ale

by Renee on March 2, 2011

What beer-loving girl who grew up in the heyday of “Charlie’s Angels” wouldn’t want to be considered an Angel of Ale? So when I heard that Lauren Boveington and Erika Lance of the Great Lakes Brewing Company were starting up a chapter of Girls’ Pint Out here in Ohio, I said, “Sign me up!” It’s just $25 for a year membership here in Ohio.

There are chapters popping up all over the U.S. –from Indianapolis, to Texas, to Massachusetts and almost anywhere you find women who love a good brew. Here’s how the Girls’ Pint Out website describes what we’re about:

Girls’ Pint Out is an all-female organization that promotes solidarity between beer drinkers of the fairer sex. Through monthly events, field trips, meet-ups and drives, we seek to promote a sophisticated level of beer appreciation among women, and bolster the craft beer industry in general. (Boys are allowed on chains and when dining Alfresco.)

We will increase our knowledge of beer through collaboration with fellow females, and introduce the uninitiated to superior suds. Women were the original brewers in Sumaria — let’s reclaim our supremacy!

I attended the first meeting held back in November at the yet unopened Battery Park Wine Bar (Y.O.L.O.–You Only Live Once). That event was with Rooster Fish Beer, and offered tasty brews and a sneak peak at one of Cleveland’s newest gathering spots. The next few meetings were held the first Tuesdays of December, January and February, but weather and other reasons kept me from getting to those. I finally made it back to the March event, held last night at the Tremont Tap House –a beer dinner, sponsored by Smuttynose Brewing Company.

Tap House owner Christopher Lieb welcomed all 20 or so of us gathered, then David Andes of Heidelberg Distributing introduced each beer, and Chef James Mocowmber offered descriptions of his delicious courses as we ate.

The first beer was Star Island Single, featuring the mermaid Trixie Mon Dixie on the label (inspired by a real woman, according to Dave).  It was paired with a tasty salad of bitter greens, pear slices, almonds, warm goat cheese and a sweet dressing.

Next up came chili-powder dusted grilled salmon with guacamole and tortilla chips, served with a jicama slaw and the Finest Kind IPA. The intensity of the dish and the beer knocked everyone at my table out–risky but perfect!

The third course was hearty and warming: tender short ribs set up on creamy mashed potatoes with a silky mushroom gravy, and crispy shallots. This was made even better with a glass of wheat wine ale–Smuttynose was the first in the U.S. to bottle this cross between a barleywine and American wheat ale.

The finale of the meal didn’t disappoint: the Smuttynose Baltic Porter was roasty and expertly matched to the chocolate/coconut bread pudding, drizzled with a heavenly vanilla sauce. Women all over the room were moaning over their desserts!

To find out more about the next Ohio Girls’ Pint Out event, follow us on Twitter or Facebook. Lauren says it’ll be something with the Willoughby Brewing Company. Plans are also being made for the summer months–perhaps a Saturday trip to Akron. So if you’re a princess of pilsner, make plans to raise a glass or two with us in the near future!

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