Windsor, On. -The craft beer craze has taken off in Windsor and there are now several local breweries and pubs offering their own brand of high-quality beers. When the trend first surfaced, I had absolutely no interest in craft beer, since I had always preferred wine. It’s a common gender stereotype that beer is for men and wine is for women. I knew very few women who preferred beer, so I never gave it much consideration.
After a wild night fueled with glass after glass of white wine, I realized my drink of choice wasn’t working out very well for me. The loopy buzz spoiled my fun and left me with a hangover that I won’t soon forget. I debated giving up alcohol completely, but my active social life convinced me otherwise. I love sharing a few drinks with my friends on the weekend. I didn’t want my intolerance to wine ruining all of my fun.
That’s when I tried my first craft beer; Walkerville’s Honest Lager. Unlike the mass-produced, commercial beers I tried in the past, it was smooth and flavourful. I loved the taste and finally felt like beer was something I could actually enjoy. The following weekend, I went to Craftheads Brewing Company and discovered the wide-range of choices I had when it came to craft beer.
When I used to drink wine, I knew I liked a dry white, but my palette could never distinguish any differences between a Pinot Grigio or an unoaked Chardonnay. All the wines I liked tasted basically the same. Craft beer is available in a variety of delicious combinations with distinct flavour profiles. My personal preferences are Belgian whites, coffee stouts, dark lagers and the perfect beer to quench your thirst on a hot summer’s day, Grapefruit Radler.
I jumped on the craft beer bandwagon about a year ago and so far, I don’t have any regrets. No wild nights with missing memory gaps or nasty hangovers that makes me useless the next day. I’ve also recently discovered that I’m not the only woman who has traded her wine glass for a cold mug of beer. I found this fabulous group on Facebook, BrewGals, that hosts a monthly beer appreciation night for women in Windsor. The next one is Thursday, June 23 rd at Craftheads and I guarantee you’ll find me there eagerly awaiting the chance to try the latest craft beer!
Story by: Jenn Sadai
Jenn Sadai is a craft beer enthusiast, dream chaser and local author of three books, Dark Confessions of an Extraordinary, Ordinary Woman, Dirty Secrets of the World's Worst Employee and her latest, Cottage Cheese Thighs. Jenn loves to make new friends and anyone can connect with her through the social media links on her website,www.jennsadai.com