This is one in an occasional series of 7 Sips interviews, where we sit down for a pint and seven questions with someone active in the local craft beer community. Today we catch up with Jamie Lynn Morgan of Hayden, Idaho, who started the local Girls Pint Out chapter (which meets the second Wednesday of each month at The Backyard in Spokane and the third Thursday at The Cork & Tap in Coeur d’Alene), organizes beer-themed Lake City Flyers Bikes and Brews rides in North Idaho and, in her day job as a marketing consultant, handles social media for Laughing Dog and Selkirk Abbey.
Q: So how are things going with Girls Pint Out these days?
A: They’re going pretty good. We have a core group of about five or six women who pretty much show up every month, and then we have new people that just kind of rotate in and out, so that makes it nice. We’ve had as few as five of us to as many as 40 that show up for an event. Coeur d’Alene has less population, and we don’t have as many of the breweries, so that one’s always a little bit smaller. But now we’re doing set locations each month, and where we picked in Coeur d’Alene is The Cork & Tap, it’s a newer little place and they have four tap beers, and then they have the store, so anything you want to go out and grab a bottle of in the store, they’ll open that for you and you can drink that too.
Q: Do you think women tend to approach craft beer any differently than men?
A: It’s funny, because people think women, oh, they’re going to go toward lighter beer, but I’ve got some gals that are hard-core IPA women. If they find an IPA and it’s not really hoppy, they’re not happy. I think it’s one of those things where we approach it the same way as men do, but I think the difference is that we feel more comfortable talking to each other about it than we do talking to a guy. You have a lot of guys who are very educated about beer and they know their stuff, and there are times when they kind of look at you funny when you ask just a simple question. So it’s just a little more comfortable when there’s a few of us (women) who are kind of knowledgable about beer and we can answer those questions, it just makes it a little more comfortable. We even have some gals who show up and they don’t even drink beer. They’ll drink wine, or they’ll do something else. We’re trying to transition them. It’s one of those things, stepping stones. You’ve got to ease them in.
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