@iwcbd is a global event every March 8 that celebrates women in the beer industry and homebrewing communities. The #UniteBrew project is a key part of that celebration each year, with the women of 9ML designing, brewing and packaging a special beer for release.
Without further ado, we are proud to introduce this year’s project, “Lavender Menace” – a beer we hope embodies 2021’s @iwcbd theme of “compassion”.
About the name… In the 1970s, the early pioneers of the Women’s Liberation Movement were exclusive and largely dismissive of queer voices – deeming “radical lesbian feminists” a threat to the progress of women’s liberation. In an attempt to dismiss and demean their cause, they were labeled as the “Lavender Menace”. This community of queer women took action and, through humour and non-violent confrontation, provoked a better understanding and acceptance of lesbian rights, representing a turning point in 2nd Wave Feminism and inclusion of LGBTQ+ voices.
As we see it, an openness to understand one another often provokes compassion. Compassion in turn brings us together. We are always stronger together.
Now, about the beer… This purple-hued lager showcases North SK blueberries, lavender, orange peel, and vanilla. The slow maturation has intertwined flavours that, on the surface, are very different – resulting in a complex beer that is anything but menacing.
Available principally in 660mL bottles at our taproom and online (though some will surface at select retail partners). We partnered with @annasdrawingdiary for the label (make sure to check her out!) A portion from each bottle will go to our friends at @outsaskatoon, who do amazing work in our community through the practice of compassion and education and, in our view, embody the concept of a “good neighbour”!
Check out our short video with the women that dreamed, imagined, and ultimately brewed this wonderful beer!