Beer Needs Women: FemAle Brew Fest Spotlights Untapped Potential

Ben Crandell
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) Unique beers and the women who help create them will be celebrated this weekend at the “FemAle Brew Fest.” The event is the brainchild of Frances Antonio-Martineau who launched the program in 2017 as an offshoot of the Fem Collective, her community-building group for female entrepreneurs.

Fort Lauderdale

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Unique beers and the women who help create them will be celebrated 1-5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 18, at the fourth edition of FemAle Brew Fest, taking place at the Kimpton Goodland Hotel Fort Lauderdale Beach in funky North Beach Village.

Hosted by Fem Collective and UniteUs Group, the event will flow throughout the hotel’s outdoor areas, including a rooftop marketplace. There will be representatives from more than 30 breweries from Florida and across the country, workshops, vendors, DJs, live music and plenty of beer, with food (for purchase) provided by the hotel’s Botanic restaurant.

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