I'm a female cider maker who's been making cider for over 6 years with my partner Leo. It's a massive part of my life which I feel really passionate about. Cider is something which is all encompassing. You plant the apples trees, nurture them through pruning, watering, mulching them. Then the trees finally fruit, and after a few years you are able to harvest them and produce the most delicious drink. You then share this with others by supplying pubs, bars, restaurants and farm shops. It's great to run a business doing something you feel passionately about.
As a female in the industry I've often noticed that the ale and cider industry in particular has few females involved. In the day to day running of the business whether it’s taking cider orders or running deliveries to volunteering at beer and cider festivals there doesn't seem to be as many women involved in the actual making of cider or ale. Asides from Blue Barrel and Torkard I'm not aware of any other females involved in the local cider industry. Perhaps I've not have come across them yet! If so, come and say hello :) It would be great to meet up with other females in the cider business!
With it being International Women's Day it sparked my interest in exploring the industry. I googled women cider makers and had little joy. However I did stumble across some interesting articles in the rise of females in the ale industry. The Independent ran an interesting article last International Women's Day where I learnt that beer was invented by women & the Sumerians even had a beer Goddess called Ninkasi!
Women are now emerging as top brewers within the industry and are getting proper recognition for this. I’ve learnt today that there is also a Fem.Ale Festival which celebrates women in the ale industry. This is a good time to be part of a shift in the industry. More women are taking up brewing and becoming top in their field and hopefully in time we will see more women cider makers on the scene too.