Celebrating the Women of Craft Beer, Celebrating the Craft Beer of Women
April 22nd 2017 will be the debut of the Siris Festival, a Craft Cask event featuring beer brewed exclusively by women!
The festival will showcase the amazing skill of our female brewers, reaching back to a time when the important duty of brewing beer was exclusively the role of women in society. (Siris was the original goddess of beer in pre-Sumerian mythology). As part of sharing their work and their beer in a supportive and collegial atmosphere, the first hour of the festival will be open only to female patrons.
Part of the proceeds from ticket sales will go to bursary for Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s Brewing & Brewery Operations program. The Siris Bursary will be available to female students, with the intention of helping achieve gender parity in the industry.
This is the first festival of it’s kind in Canada, and will feature approximately 30 casks, all created by the women of craft brewing! We hope you can join us.
Some quick answers to your questions
When, Where, How: April 22nd 2017, at the Cat and Fiddle Pub, 11 am to 5 pm (1st hour open only to women). Tickets and more info available here: SIRIS CASK FESTIVAL
Tickets will open to the general public on January 23rd but we are giving you, our past guests, an added bonus of getting tickets now and getting a $5 early bird discount. Use GODDESSOFBEER for access to the tickets and then again as the promotional code for the $5 discount off the regular ticket price. This deal will also be available at the Winter 2017 Pro-Am. We expect with the feedback received on this event so far that it will sell out very early so plan ahead.
Q: Who are the brewers?
A: There are only three craft breweries in BC that have women designated as head brewers, but there are dozens of women working at every craft brewery. We approached almost all of BC’s craft brewers to have their female staff produce casks for Siris. The response was immediate and enthusiastic.
Breweries that don’t have a woman as an active member of their fermentation staff almost all had women working for them with brewing skills—either attending brewing school or as home brewers, or from working with other breweries in the past—who stepped in and brewed, again with enthusiasm.
For breweries without the benefit of female brewers in-house, we are able to connect them with female brewers from inside the industry: cicerones, inside staff, account managers, and others who had the skill and love of brewing. In the end, it all came together.
We will have an updated list of all the breweries and a short bio of each brewer coming soon. Click here to find out who’s brewing: SIRIS BREWERS
Q: Is the Tri-Cities Cask Festival Association run by women?
A: No, we’re a non-profit society that organizes the largest and best-attended cask festivals in BC. If you attended the Pro-Am Cask Festival in Coquitlam in January, that’s us.
We do the behind-the-scenes organizing to get the space and the casks together, but the Siris Cask Festival isn’t our show—we are just holding the curtain for the important players, the brewers.
Q: So are you speaking for the women of brewing?
A: No. The Women of Craft Brewing don’t need anybody to speak for them. All they need is a place to speak for themselves. As such the TCCFA has only two mandates: to facilitate a great cask festival, and to use ticket proceeds to endow the Siris Bursary available to female students at KPU. The rest of the festival is up to the brewers themselves. We’re as excited as anyone to see where they take it. That’s part of the reason why it’s women-only in the first hour: networking, celebrating, sharing and enjoying great beer.
Q: How much is the Siris Bursary? How will it be awarded?
A: Our pledge to KPU is set at $1500 for this festival. We’re planning on driving that number higher—as high as we can—through merchandise sales and donations. The award criteria is handled by the finance department at KPU, but the award will go to a female student entering their second year who demonstrates financial need and meets the minimum GPA.
Q: Is that a depiction of Siris in your logo? Isn’t Ninkasi the goddess of brewers?
A: It’s actually a stylized image of Innana, the mother-goddess that originated in Uruk. There are no definitively identifiable images of Siris, or indeed of Ninkasi. Siris actually preceded Ninkasi as the goddess of beer and brewing among the Semite peoples and later got folded into Sumerian mythology as a daemon daughter of Ninkasi. We chose Siris because she was earliest, and because there’s a famous brewery named after Ninkasi that we didn’t want to be confused with. Ancient anthropology is fun, but not simple.
If you have any other questions, please send us a note to firstname.lastname@example.org and put ‘Siris’ in the subject line. We’ll get back to you with an answer.