The fact that sexism has been pervasive in America’s craft beer industry is not breaking news to any woman, whether brewery owner or casual drinker. Social media is filled with stories of customers bypassing female beertenders to get recommendations from their male counterparts, industry professionals undermining a woman’s skill in the brew house or drinkers asking to speak with a brewer’s husband, who they think owns and runs the business.
These stories are ubiquitous, even here in Colorado. But a recent social media movement revealed an even darker underbelly to the world of craft beer, one that’s sending waves through the global industry and inspiring women in Colorado to combat on-the-job sexual harassment.
Brienne Allan, who works in a brewery in Massachusetts and goes by the handle @ratmagnet on Instagram, asked others on the platform what kind of sexism they experienced after she received two condescending comments in a day, reported VinePair. Her inbox was soon flooded by women whose experiences ranged from subtle microaggressions to allegations of sexual assault.
The stories have been shared, many times anonymously, on Allan’s account and others since mid-May and led to several high-profile firings. Importantly,…