Dames & Dregs: Beer festival will highlight role of women in brewing

Tickets are on sale now for Dames & Dregs Beer Festival, a unique event that will honor women in the brewing industry.

The event will be held Aug. 11 at The Masquerade at Underground Atlanta. Early bird tickets are $25, while VIP are $45 at damesanddregs.com.

According to founder Luis Martinez, the festival is designed to recognize the history of women in brewing. At this writing, 35 breweries that are owned, operated or have significant roles held by women are included in the festival’s lineup. There will also be panels on entrepreneurship, arts, crafts, live music, DJs and more.

“This is going to be more than just your usual beer festival,” Martinez said. “We will bring diversity, inclusiveness and highlight the women who work in brewing.”

Martinez said 10 of the breweries were creating special beers specifically for the festival.
Proceeds from the event will go to International Women’s House, a nonprofit that aids women and children who have been victims of physical and sexual abuse and trafficking.

Martinez said he hopes Dames & Dregs will become a national event, with other versions popping around the country. He said plans for 2019 including expanding the event to another city.

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