Craft beer inspired gifts for women are not as easy to come by as you may think. But this is changing fast and one of the agents catalyzing this change is the Women’s Craft Beer Collective in San Diego, California.
You might be asking yourself right now (I hope you are)
What is a Women’s Craft beer collective?
It is an informal group of women who explore the world of craft beer together. They have meet ups and events in which they expand their knowledge about beer. They go brewering together, attend brewer’s talks and focus on tasting new beer styles and discovering how beer comes to life.
Sometimes they spend time together just because – enjoying local beer and actually crafting…as in creating hand made gifts – from jewelry to home decor pieces.
The Women’s Craft Beer Collective was started in 2013 by Kristine Baker.
As a craft beer industry professional, often times in a customer facing capacity, she saw a need for exposing more women to the wonders of craft beer, educating them about the industry and the fun of its related social scene.
She was also painfully aware of the lack of women specific craft beer gifts and she chose to do something about it. Initially she began designing and creating jewelry and gradually added more accessories including home decor pieces.
I follow Kristine’s Instagram account and enjoy her spirited posts very much. I encourage you to do the same.
Occasionally she shares images of the cool items she makes. I invited her over to introduce some of the members of her growing collection.
“If you enjoy craft beer and are a woman who loves to share that passion with others, then I am so glad you found me! The Women’s Craft Beer Collective is all of us who love a good beer and gather together to share the experience.
Do you find the beer accessories and merchandising available out there to be far too masculine? When I first founded the WCBC there wasn’t anyone creating beer merchandise for women.
Well, being the constant crafter that I am, I felt the need to take matters into my own hands, literally, and I started with the kind of jewelry I wanted to wear!
Being absolutely in love with the colors of beer, also known as the SRM scale (standard reference measurement), the first necklace design was created with Swarovski crystals, along with chokers combining the same mini SRM scale!
The idea for my first shirt design came from working behind the bar as a beer-tender. I repeatedly observed male patrons speaking for women, or telling a woman what beer she would like or “should” like.
My black flowy tank-top says “FREE to Choose what Beer I’ll drink” and has been a favorite for quite a while.
We all like fashion, right? I am the first to admit that I like to be stylish!
My favorite everyday bag is a hemp market tote with hand-stamped hops – entirely made by me.
In addition, I offer hemp hand-stamped hop pillows with pom-pom corners! Check them out here!
My collection also includes three color varieties of silk bandannas with our original logo label attached to them! Super cute and sassy!
Just recently, I taught myself to wood burn, and added the funniest wood plaques to the gifts assortment. Basically my favorite hilarious beer quotes!
Not long ago we also celebrated five years of the Women’s Craft Beer Collective and designed a fresh logo for that milestone!
You can also find it on the sweet 10 oz logo tumbler now part of the collection.
Please stay in touch and follow along with our craft beer comings and goings on Instagram.