Women On Tap CIC was initially launched in 2017 as a beer festival designed to celebrate women & beer, held at The Little Ale House on the weekend of 19-21 May 2017.
Following on from the success of the debut festival, the remit of Women On Tap CIC has been widened. The beer and arts festival is now an annual event. We also organise regular socials, occasional pop-up events, and we collaborate with other awesome industry folk who share our goals and values.
On 15th June 2018 we incorporated and became a Community Interest Company.
Why Women On Tap exists
Women On Tap CIC is a celebration of women and beer based in Yorkshire.
We devise and deliver an annual brewster beer and arts festival in Harrogate, plus a series of collaborative pop-up events across Yorkshire and the North. In everything we do we fuse the themes of women, beer, and the arts, and we always welcome everyone who shares what we stand for.
Through our work we aim to positively raise the profile of women in a traditionally male-dominated industry in an attempt to redress the balance, and we welcome the conversations we spark.
Our overall mission is to:
- Showcase women in beer and women in the arts
- Educate, inspire, and empower women everywhere
- Actively contribute to a beer industry – and society – where true equality exists, and
- Have some fun along the way!
We also aim to promote Harrogate – a town we love and a serious player in terms of its independent beer scene.
As a Community Interest Company we are committed to our cause and we reinvest our profits to further our mission.
Our brand values are positive, friendly, open, collaborative, inclusive, independent, creative, and vibrant.
Co-founder Rachel says:
“I’m a keen beer drinker and I wanted to create something in a town I believe punches above its weight in term of great beer and bars that highlights the valuable contribution women are making to beer today. The reception of Harrogate’s first Women On Tap Beer Festival demonstrated how much local people are behind this initiative.
“What we want to do now is raise the profile of not only Women On Tap in the wider beer industry, but also to fly the flag for Harrogate as a serious player in terms of brewing, beer expertise and the town’s range of quality independent craft beer and real ale establishments.”
“What’s really special is the support we have for what we are doing, from both men and women locally and across the UK, local businesses, and local organisations such as Harrogate and Ripon CAMRA. Women On Tap is meant to be a celebration for absolutely anyone who loves beer, and with so much in the pipeline it certainly feels like exactly that.”
“We absolutely love what Women On Tap is all about. It’s our passion, and we are delighted to be able to share that with you.”
About Melissa Cole
Award-winning beer writer and author, Melissa Cole writes extensively about the world’s favourite drink. She is also a Certified Cicerone® and was identified as one of the Most Powerful Women in the Drinks Industry by Channel4 Food, winning the acclaim of her industry peers when named Educator of the Year by Imbibe magazine in 2013. Melissa has just finished a new book – The Little Book of Craft Beer: A guide to over 100 of the world’s finest brews.
About The Little Ale House
The Little Ale House is an independent micropub in the heart of Harrogate, presenting an ever-changing selection of cask and keg beer. Having opened in 2016, The Little Ale House has quickly earned a reputation as one of Harrogate’s premier craft ale establishments. Owners Richard and Danni Park offer a welcoming, rustic and dog-friendly space, perfect for summer afternoons and cosy winter evenings alike.
About the Founders
Women On Tap was founded in 2016 as a hobby venture by Rachel Auty and Andrew Cameron – Harrogate-based beer enthusiasts. It has always been an independent non-profit community initiative and on 15th June 2018 was officially incorporated as a Community Interest Company (Number 11418320).