Few industries demonstrate shifting social attitudes towards "women's work" as well as the brewing industry does. For thousands of years and across a variety of cultures, ale production was considered the exclusive purview of women, crafted in small batches inside homes or small businesses. Only relatively recently--with the widespread use of hops as a preservative--beer has become a lucrative, tightly-regulated, and male-dominated industry. In this talk, medieval historian Amy Nelson will lead us through a discussion about women in brewing, focusing upon the period of social change in the late medieval and early modern eras that experienced pronounced gendered shifts in beer production. Together we will consider broader misogynistic attitudes regarding women and work that may still be present in our own communities and professional fields, and take a look at some present-day trends in craft brewing and beer consumption that may be signalling a more inclusive future for the brewing industry.
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