Women On Tap was initially launched as a beer festival designed to celebrate women & beer, held at The Little Ale House on the weekend of 19-21 May 2017. The festival featured guest beers brewed by women and by breweries with female leaders (many of whom are local), alongside an art exhibition, live music, and a couple of fantastic sell-out beer tasting sessions run by one of the UK’s leading beer experts – Melissa Cole.
Following on from the success of the debut festival, the remit of Women On Tap has been widened. We now organise regular socials, occasional pop-up events, and we collaborate with other awesome industry folk who share our goals and values. We are also planning Women On Tap 2018.
Why Women On Tap exists
Women On Tap exists to highlight the contribution women are making to today’s beer industry, and to fly the flag for Harrogate within the beer industry and beyond.
Founded by a man and a woman, Women On Tap is in no way exclusive: we exist for and work with anyone who shares what we stand for, gender aside.
Through our work we aim to 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 actively contribute to a 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 beer scene.
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, 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.”
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 is an independent non-profit community initiative.