by Zane Foley
Experienced beer drinkers will tell you, as they first began casually drinking beer for the taste, it starts out pretty light. We experiment with different lagers, pilsners and ales, growing our pallet and reinforcing our confidence in trying new craft beers. Eventually we graduate to the IPA’s, Stouts, double-IPA’s and beers exceeding the average 4-6% alcohol content range. Most of us could never imagine going back to the person we were before, the person who settled for a lighter, less palatable beer. This experience of advancing you beer pallet is usually accompanied by large beards, motorcycles and sports jerseys, but in a time where craft beers are at an all time high, more and more women stop counting calories and join in on the delicious darker, heavier, more tasteful beers.
Although it is true, many women you will meet at the bar coordinate their drink selection with calorie count, consciously drinking to preserve their desired figure, every once and a while you will encounter a special kind of woman, one who prefers the alcohol she wants, over the much less calorie containing light beer. We all have a friend who’s girlfriend fits this unique mold, or maybe its your girl ordering a whiskeysour or a double- IPA. It does mean you have to share your beer with them, but it also means you have a partner in the the colossal journey that is beer, and those of us who’s girl doesn’t drink light beers, should be proud. Women have been misrepresented as a population of beer drinkers who ‘can’t handle the pallet’ of darker beers, but my girl doesn’t drink light beers, she’s a beer queen.
Contrary to stereotypes, throughout history women across time and cultures have been in charge of the cultivation of beer and its brewing, conducting large scale operations since ancient times. Beer has been enjoyed by men and women equally for centuries, Queen Elizabeth I’ was famously known for drinking beer every morning for breakfast. In ancient times “beer” was in an overwhelmingly majority represented by female goddesses, but today the number of female beer drinkers makes up only for 1/3 or roughly 30% of the population. unfortunately societal norms have changed the way we associate gender and alcohol, but some of us are lucky enough to have a girl who doesn’t drink light beers.