This Club Hops!
Cape Cod Girls’ Pint Out club introduces women to craft beers at local restaurants.
Adorned with decorative pint glasses brimming with hops, a sign welcoming visitors to The Nor’East Beer Garden in Provincetown one evening in September boldly defines the mission statement of those on hand for the festivities.
“We’re gals into grolsch,” the sign reads. “Ladies into lagers. Princesses into pilsners. Angels of ale . . .” True to these statements, the Commercial Street restaurant’s outdoor dining room that night is packed with a crowd of 35 attendees (mostly women and a few men) who are sampling rare and craft beers, and sipping on porters, stouts, and ales.
Since its founding in January, Cape Cod Girls’ Pint Out has been brewing up success, drawing full houses to events at Pain D’Avignon in Hyannis, Local Break in Eastham, and the British Beer Company (BBC) locations in both Sandwich and Hyannis.
“I honestly was so surprised at the reception I got on the Cape,” says Sarah Richardson, the club’s founder. Richardson, who works as the manager of retail and social media at Mayflower Brewing Company in Plymouth, is also a fan of craft beer. “I love beer,” she says. “To me, it is exciting finding different varieties of solidly brewed beer made with the four main ingredients of beer: malt, water, hops and yeast.”
The Cape club is part of a growing national organization—Girls’ Pint Out—which features 35 different chapters in 25 states. The original chapter was founded in Indianapolis, Indiana in 2010. Magen Peters, who founded Girls’ Pint Out, wanted to educate women about craft beer and offer a good time in the process. Some of the club’s events are planned with just women in mind, while others are open to men as well.
After learning of a Boston Girls’ Pint Out chapter and seeing how successful it was via social media, Richardson was inspired to start a chapter on the Cape. “I loved the sense of community I was seeing,” she says. “I felt like when I traveled to another state I could reach out to the local Girls’ Pint Out chapter and ask them what beers I should try and what places I should go to.“
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