Don’t expect to slow these ladies down. Fermenta is one of those outstanding female-focused brewing initiatives with an unstoppable direction — a non-profit initiated by Michigan women committed to the craft beverage industry. If you’re a woman in the craft brewing industry in Michigan, check this organization out — but only if you plan to keep up. What do we mean?
Here’s an example: Fermenta just announced its third collaboration project alongside the breweries of the Michigan Brewers Guild. In 2014 at the Summer Beer Festival, Fermenta premiered 10 collaboration brews with Michigan breweries. At the Winter Beer Festival this past February 2015, they premiered 19. At the upcoming Summer Festival in Ypsilanti, Mich., July 24 and 25, Fermenta will premiere 26 new collaborations. TWENTY-SIX!
It’s all about education and experience really. The breweries have offered hands-on education and the opportunity to work with different brew systems and processes for Fermenta participators. In addition to creating a collaboration brew, many breweries have agreed to donate certain amounts of their proceeds directly to the Fermenta scholarship fund. This new development highlights the importance of education in the Michigan craft industry and the support it offers for future pioneers.
The rock star breweries participating are as follows: Arbor Brewing Co., Batch Brewing, Beards Brewery, Blue Tractor, Boatyard Brewing Co., The B.O.B., Brewery Ferment, Cotton Brewing Co., Eternity Brewing Co., Fenton Winery & Brewery, Founders Brewing Co., Gravel Bottom Brewery, grizzly peak, Liberty Street Brewery, Mitten Brewery, New Holland Brewery, One Well Brewing Co., Ore Dock Brewing Co., Our Brewing Co., Pike 51 Brewery, Pleasant House Brewery, Saugatuck Brewing Co., Short’s Brewing Co., Tapistry Brewing Co., Unity Vibration.
In other excellent news, Fermenta will also be celebrating its one-year anniversary this summer. To toast such an accomplishment, Fermenta will be hosting an anniversary party on August 23 at Block Brewing Co. located in Howell, Mich. Besides offering great craft beverages and delicious barbecue, there will also be membership renewals, Fermenta merchandise to buy, raffles, educational seminars and executive board elections (really, what else could you want?). For more information and how to purchase tickets, just surf on over to www.fermenta.weebly.com.