Left Hand Brewing Company's Ales4Females gatherings bring together women, beer and food for an evening of sensory adventures. Left Hand hosts these meetings as social and educational opportunities for women (and sometimes men) who want to learn more about beer and food pairings, as well as about their own palate.
The evening is crafted around the pairings, a presentation from a speaker within the industry, and developing a more sophisticated taste for beer, helped along by the pairings. Attendees are encouraged to experiment with each plate, mixing and matching until they find their favorite combination. The speaker guides the tastings to help guests get the most out of the experience and teaches them how to express what they taste in beer and flavor terminology.
Morgan Zamora, tasting room administrator for Left Hand, has been coordinating Ales4Females for about a year, although the brewery's owner started the series in 2008. Zamora says there is no reason for those who don't know much about beer to be intimidated.
"I have been fortunate enough to develop friendships with these kind, intelligent, and beautiful beer nerds. Ales4Females has an amazing sense of community that I have yet to find in kind anywhere else," Zamora said.
Coming up in April, Zamora has planned beer, wine and food pairing meetings to appeal to those who may prefer wine over beer but who also want to learn which beers may fit the flavor profiles that they like in wines like Riesling and Zinfandel. In May, the Colorado Cider Company will be contributing cider pairings.
Ales4Females takes place from 6:30-8pm on Mondays and both meetings in a month cover the same topic and pairings. Find links for tickets and scheduling here. For just $11, enjoy a night of community, beer and food, and come away with a few more friends and knowing a little more about beer than before.