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On tap: First all-female-brewed beer to be released in honor of Arizona Beer Week

PHOENIX — Arizona’s first official all-female-brewed beer will be tapped at the start of Arizona Beer Week.

The ladies of the Arizona Craft Brewers Guild are hard at work on the beer which is expected to become a staple of the week-long celebration in February.

“The name is — we voted on it — She’s So Hop and it is going to be a red IPA and it is going to come out during beer week,” Billie McGovern with Prescott Brewing Company said.

As a female member of the Arizona Craft Brewers Guild, McGovern said 2016 is set to be a landmark year for women in beer as craft brewing continues to shed its image as a boys-only club.

“Something that we are trying to put a focus on is that there are many women involved in every step of the process and women do drink beer,” she said. “One of the stereotypes I’m trying to end is that we only like light, fruity beer that is why we are brewing a red IPA.”

She’s So Hop will be on tap at various breweries throughout the state starting Feb. 11, the first day of the week-long celebration.

“It is getting all the women together who work (in brewing) and just to put a spotlight and focus on community, beer drinking and craft beer,” McGovern said.

There will be several events throughout Arizona Beer Week tailored to women who are interested in getting more involved in the brewery scene.

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