Laura Cohen has started a women’s club in Baltimore in order to encourage participation in one of the oldest known female professions … that’s right, brewing! Archaeologists believe that in ancient Egypt, brewing would have been a job for the woman of the house, and only later after the creation of larger-scale breweries would women be pushed into secondary roles. Worldwide, the formation of international trade guilds, laws, and customs would work to push women out of what was once a domestic activity. But Cohen and other women have quietly been reviving the tradition at Baltimore Beer Week’s Chilibrew competition, which Cohen helped to organize this year. At least 18 of the 51 registered competitors in the event were women. Cohen’s club, Lady Brew Baltimore, is a collaborative space designed to help women learn how to make their own beer at home. Home-brewing has been slowly but steadily growing in popularity, and thanks to clubs such as Lady Brew Baltimore, women are once again a part of it.
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