Mary Crilly, Director of Sexual Violence Centre Cork, Peter Lyall, Master Brewer in the Franciscan Well and Kate Clancy, Marketing Manager of the Franciscan Well Brewpub
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The Fem-Ale Festival Coming Next Month
Franciscan Well Brewpub Celebrates Women in the Drinks Industry in aid of the Sexual Violence Centre Cork
The Fem-Ale Festival held in the Franciscan Well Brewpub on North Mall, Cork is Irelands only festival dedicated to celebrating women in the drinks industry, running August 9th & 10th.
Now in it’s second year, the festival, which will be held in their award-winning beer garden, will feature a range of Irish beers brewed by the female brewers of Ireland, with thirteen breweries attending including Black Donkey, Carrig Brewing and Rising Sons.
After opening, MONK cocktail bar, which is located upstairs in the brewpub, the festival will also be highlighting women in distilling with distilleries such as Tipperary and Jameson giving talks and tastings on their products. ‘ The festival is to highlight the important role that women have had in contributing to the success of the beer & spirit industry in Ireland’ says Kate Clancy, Marketing Manager of the Franciscan Well Brewpub and organiser of the festival.
‘ I’m delighted to have the edition of female distillers attend this year, it gives our own mixologists the chance to work alongside some fantastic distilleries to create some new cocktails for the weekend’ continues Kate.
This year, Kate decided to raise funds for the Sexual Violence Centre Cork, which has been providing services to victims of sexual violence in Cork city and County for over 33 years. Kate and Peter, the Franciscan Well’s master brewer, teamed up and brewed a once off Raspberry Saison. All proceeds from this beer will be going to the local charity.
As well as sampling the brews & cocktails, those attending will have the opportunity to attend talks from some of the leading women in the industry. Last year -talks were given by women from all different backgrounds, including marketing, sales, journalism & brewing ‘The talks are a platform to share experiences, while also being informative. We hope to reach out to women who would like to get involved, to show how welcoming the industry is to everyone and more importantly to inspire’ Says Kate.
Live music will be performed throughout the weekend by Cork based female bands such as KOA and bands from the Angry Mom Collective Cork, which has recently been established in an effort to create awareness and put an end to gender divide in music and the arts industries.
The festival will open from 5pm on Friday the 9th & from 1pm on Saturday the 10th of August. Admission is free and all are welcome.