March 8 marked a brilliant day for craft beer on a global level — it was International Women’s Collaboration Brew Day. On this day, across all of the time zones, craft industry professionals and enthusiasts worked to create a unique spin on one recipe.
The result: Unite Red Ale, revisited (original recipe created by Sophie du Ronde, Muntons Malt — England). The collaborative effort was tapped and celebrated at Clubhouse BFD (Rochester Hills) on Wednesday, with representatives from Griffin Claw and MillKing It Productions present.
“There’s the Milking It [Productions] version, which is a much more traditional-style red, and then there’s Griffin Claw’s — it’s spicier and not as hoppy,” says Griffin Claw’s Angie Williams.
HopCat Grand Rapids will also debut its version today.
Although the event was slotted as a beer versus beer competition, everyone there wasn’t picking favorites; rather, they were reminiscing about the day and toasting the journey of such a neat idea. The labels for the brew showcase a collage of photos from the brew day, attributing the success to the united effort of women across the world.
“The coolest part about all of it was knowing that brewers on the other side of the world had already begun brewing before it was March 8 here in Michigan — the anticipation took the excitement to a whole new level,” added Williams.