Women Unite To Make New Ale At Dick’s Brewing Co.

By Kaylee Osowski
The Chronicle, Centralia, Wash.

On Sunday morning while many people were likely in church or outside enjoying the sun, an all-woman crew got together to brew some beer, with some help from Dick’s Brewing Co.’s head brewer.

Julie Pendleton, owner of the local brewery, met some of her employees, regular customers and her mom at Dick’s Brewing Co. on Galvin Road in Centralia at 9 a.m. to begin brewing their beer called The Better Half Unite.

The crew members showed up wearing Dick’s Brewery garb and carrying bags of refreshments and food. While the women knew they would be there until about 4:30 p.m., they learned that the process was also a workout.

“I’ve been here lots, but I never realized how much work goes into it,” Marilyn Gallagher, Julie Pendleton’s mom, said.

Julie Pendleton’s father, the late Dick Young, founder of Dick’s Brewing, brewed beer for years, beginning at home and eventually growing the hobby into a business. However, Saturday was her first time, and the other women’s first time, making beer. Head brewer and Julie Pendleton’s husband, Dave Pendleton, guided the women through the process.

The group was joined by women brewers from throughout the world participating in International Women’s Collaboration Brew Day put on by the Pink Boots Society, which works to empower women in the beer business.

“I’ve never brewed before. I probably should brew, ya know, at least have done it,” Julie Pendleton said with a laugh when talking about why she wanted to partake in the global event.

The brewers all followed the same guidelines for the Brew Day’s 2015 Unite Red Ale, but modified the recipe according to what ingredients were available to the brewers. Pendleton said about 90 breweries participated. During downtime, the women posted photos and updates to social media to share with the other participants.

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