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Brewing and beer are frequently stereotyped as “men’s worlds”. Beer ads are often targeted at men, using women as little more than props to hold the beer. This way of thinking is not only toxic but also untrue. In 2014, women aged 21-34 represented 15% of ALL craft beer consumption, and drank “above index,” meaning that they consume it at a greater rate than the national average. Though women comprise a larger market segment every year, they are not well represented in industry careers. An overwhelming majority of brewers, brewmasters, and other brewery operating staff are male. Women are consistently underrepresented in positions in brewing, with only 17% of breweries having a female CEO and 4% with a female brewmaster. While women are a major force powering the success of craft beer, the industry itself still has far to go.

Today is International Women’s Day. To help break the stereotype that craft beer “isn’t for women,” we wanted to follow the stories of how our female employees ended up at Monday Night and share their thoughts about working in the brewing industry. We spoke to six of our full-time female employees, including:

We talked about their experiences, positive and negative, to show what it is like to be a woman in a still male-heavy industry.

The Journey to Monday Night

Given the breadth of their jobs at Monday Night, it shouldn’t be surprising that all of our women come from different backgrounds. Kelsey initially joined Monday Night as a bartender, Sarah used to be a paralegal, Carlen worked in TV production, Rachel K. was a bartender in Chicago, Jaclyn worked with a distribution company, and Rachel B. first came to Monday Night through a marketing internship. One thing they all had in common? A love of good beer.

“I seriously had beernerd fan girl moments when I first started my internship” says Rachel B.

Sarah, who made her first foray into the craft brewing industry with Goose Island as a weekend host, says the main perk was being able to “reap the benefits of free shift beer.” However, none of these women joined the industry just to get a free buzz.

“I quickly fell in love with how fascinating beer is,” says Sarah, “Science! History! Food! Culture! I studied anthropology, so the fact that beer ties into every aspect of the development of civilization really caught my interest.”

Carlen, unable to find a full time job in TV production, grew tired of the unpredictability of contract work. Familiar with the Monday Night founders through their homebrewing roots in the garage, she “checked the blog daily, waiting for them to post jobs. […] Working for a brewery wasn’t something I necessarily intended to do, but four years later, I feel so lucky to be a part of it.”  

An Imperfect Industry

Unfortunately, though we work hard at Monday Night to provide an inclusive work environment, we can only do so much to combat sexism in the industry as a whole. Some made light of it and Jaclyn opened with a joke, saying her “personal beer knowledge is challenged, because how can a woman know anything about a man’s beverage?” She then went on to open up about “accounts who take advantage of my contact information, and call/text me at all hours of the night asking me to come hang out or if I’m still awake.” While this is an extreme example, the other women were not immune.

Carlen says that in general women are “not taken seriously, and people are legitimately surprised when we actually know what we’re talking about. Our opinions are belittled because it’s assumed we’re just regurgitating facts and figures that a man must have told us.”

Kelsey echoed this opinion, citing that she doesn’t always feel as respected as her male colleagues.  

Luckily, the future appears to be looking up, and few of our employees felt sexism in brewing was a daily struggle. Rachel K, who has a management position in the company as a sales director, stated her plan to keep the progress rolling, saying

As a hiring manager I think the number one way to support women in this industry is to interview them, hire them when they are qualified, and support them equally as their male counterparts.”

For the Love of Beer

Why stay in a male-dominated industry where people don’t always take you seriously? Love of the game. “Beer is more than just a beverage for me; it’s a conversation starter, a means of celebration, and at times a bit of liquid courage,” says Jaclyn, explaining her love for a drink that she’s built a career around. Rachel B. loves the excitement, and said that “it’s very rarely boring.”

Sarah gushed about her job, saying “I love that it’s mentally challenging and physically active. […] I also love that the industry as a whole is open and collaborative. Craft brewers are all in this together.”

Kelsey also explained her love for it all: everyone’s desire to be the best in every regard and the pursuit of our never-ending quest to have the best product for the best price at the best bar. When asked why she has worked at Monday Night for so long, Carlen simply said, “The people I work with. Monday Night has some of the best in the business, and I feel so lucky to have such an amazing team. The beer’s pretty good too.”

Happy International Women’s Day from Monday Night Brewing! To celebrate, all of the women featured in this article (and a few more) came together to brew the newest member of our Small Batch Series, SMASH the Glass Ceiling, a single hop and single malt ale dry hopped with rose hips and violets, two symbols of the women’s suffrage movement. It’s available in our tasting room starting tomorrow, and 20% of the proceeds from all tours sold on Thursday will be donated to BeLoved Atlanta!

Tears of My Enemies is next up in our Black Tie Series, so named because it will be the most delicious thing you ever taste. We’re pretty excited about it. This beer has a milk stout base that we then aged in 18-year scotch barrels, imparting a smoky, oaky flavor. We then added raw vanilla beans and locally roasted Batdorf & Bronson Coffee. If you pay close attention, you may even be able to detect hints of Aaron Rodgers’s post-playoff loss tears, sourced locally at the Georgia Dome.


One thing that makes this beer unique is how we infused the coffee. A lot of breweries just mix cold brew into the stout, but that can weaken the beer and give it a more bitter flavor. In our process, we used the whole bean, giving our stout an amazing coffee aroma, without sacrificing any of the decadence.

Everyone’s got an enemy. Maybe it’s your neighbor who just planted that hideous topiary. Maybe it’s Scooby Doo and the Gang. Whoever it is, relish in your inevitable victory with the smooth and chocolatey flavor of our Tears of My Enemies Scotch Barrel Milk Stout.

We have been sitting on a big secret for far too long now, and it’s finally time to let the badger out of its cage. Monday Night Brewing is proud to announce a Scottish-Style Single Malt Whiskey, brewed and distilled in partnership with ASW Distillery, less than 5 miles from the brewery in our home of Atlanta, GA.

Back in our homebrewing days, Monday Night co-founder Joel Iverson lived next door to ASW co-founder Charlie Thompson. With dozens of strangers showing up on Mondays to brew at Joel’s house, he decided the neighborly thing to do would be to share some of our first homebrew creations with Charlie. The two guys became friends, and our two companies have been friendly ever since. We have co-sponsored events in the Atlanta area, and ASW Distillery also sponsored one of our first anniversary parties here at the brewery.

In this context, our Brewmaster Adam Bishop met ASW’s Head Distiller, Justin Manglitz, before ASW opened their doors. The two quickly hit it off, as both have an adorably obsessive love of all things chemistry and alcohol. As you may or may not know, the first half of the distilling process is essentially the brewing process. Given our love of smoked beers (evidenced in our popular Drafty Kilt Scotch Ale) and ASW’s love of whiskey (Atlanta’s only whiskey and brandy distillery) we decided to partner up to produce a smooth, smoky whiskey.

After months of planning, we brewed a mash rich in Cherrywood-smoked malt, the same malt used in Drafty Kilt. We then transferred this mash to ASW by a process called “renting a Penske truck.” It was distilled at ASW in traditional Scottish-style twin copper pot stills before being transferred into new American white oak quarter casks. In all honesty, the hardest part of the process was waiting on it to age. We sampled throughout the maturation process (along with some of ASW’s other unique whiskies and brandies, including a one-of-a-kind “double malt” whiskey of malted barley and malted rye now aging after years in development), and even early on we knew this whiskey was going to be something special.

Fortunately, our patience has paid off. Like the mighty Scottish badger, this Scotch-style Whiskey has a pleasant bite and will burrow into your belly with a smooth, slightly sweet, and delightfully smoky finish.

We will be releasing this whiskey to the greater Atlanta area beginning in early March, with an expected retail price of $59 per 750ml bottle. If you can’t wait till then, we are doing a small release party on Monday, February 27 at ASW. Advance tour tickets are on sale now. If you are able to snag a sip, we recommend drinking straight or on the rocks while wearing a necktie.

You’re going to stop seeing bottled Sampler Packs around town soon, unless you have a time machine. We just sent out the last batch from the brewery. We’ll be replacing it with a canned Case of the Mondays, featuring 12 cans, 4 of each:

We’re pretty excited about this new package, namely because it contains both Slap Fight and Blind Pirate, two of our top selling beers, which are currently only available in cans. Look for it soon!

Welcome to Volume 1 of our “Art of Beer” series, in which we interview local Georgia artists and chat about the intersection of art and beer. 

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Who really is Sad Stove? ATLiens will find the stove in the form of free art all over the city, but not many people know the human behind the kitchen appliance. So we’ve taken it upon ourselves to bring you the voice behind the saddest stove inside the perimeter. In fact, we were so infatuated by this infamous caricature that we dedicated our English Mild for American Mild Month in Sad Stove’s name.

How did Sad Stove get started?

I’ve always been messing around with graphic design work and a buddy of mind told me about Free Art Friday and all these artists who do it. I really like the idea of giving art to people. I wanted to make something and I was cooking with my friend and having a couple beers when something splattered out of the pot and onto the stove and it made a face. When I looked at it it looked like a mustache or a frown and I thought, “It’s definitely a sad face.” We laughed for a good 30 minutes looking at the sad face on the stove and we just called it Sad Stove. Eventually I started getting a following and people started finding the art and I kept seeing how happy it made them.

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Why do you choose to remain anonymous?

It’s three years now and only a few artists know me because of get-togethers. We’d have little art parties and people would ask, “Where’s Sad Stove?” and I’d walk away. I want it to be as organic as possible. I want it to stand alone and be the stove that it is.

What do you like about the craft brewery scene?

I like the variety and the styles and uniqueness that each brewery brings to the table. You kinda know what to expect from each, and its also interesting to experience new beers that aren’t so mainstream. I like how craft breweries, especially Monday Night, keep coming out with new things and different twists. Like most art, there’s not a lot of boundaries.

A lot of my friends who are artists drink craft beers. We get together and we drink and we draw. I think beer goes hand-in-hand with art. It gets you a little loose. And we drink good beer, you know? It’s not a “Miller Lite and Paint Party.”

How did the Sad Stove Mild come about?

I’d been talking to my buddy Brody about making Sad Stove tears around Atlanta for people to find. He tweeted me about it and on a whim he tweeted Monday Night saying he thinks they should make Sad Stove tears. Jonathan hit me up and said we’re in. It blew my mind and I said sure. He invited me at 6am on a Tuesday to help brew the mild. Jonathan said he wanted to brew a beer for American Mild Month and he thought the Sad Stove image was a great representation of a mild beer.

Did you ever think your artwork would become the inspiration behind a local beer?

Never. I always wanted to do artwork for beer cans and things like that, but I never thought there would be a relation between the two. It’s funny when you think about it because when people are sad they’ll grab a beer. And I think it’s interesting how Sad Stove can be attributed to an overlooked type of beer.

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BlackTie-500px-mom-jeansMom Jeans is a gem of a beer for us. This Belgian Pale Ale has been aged in Kistler Chardonnay barrels from a prestigious California winery. It’s also the smallest Monday Night production batch of beer we have produced to date, so we suggest you grab one off the shelves or in our taproom before picking your kid up from soccer.

Most wine barrel-aged beers are used to produce sour beers in today‘s modern brewery. Non-sour wine barrel-aged beers often use a higher ABV (Alcohol By Volume) to keep the beer safe from infection. But Mom Jeans defies standards by using a true-to-style Belgian Pale Ale as a base, coupled with Belgian Ardennes yeast to bring out the lingering Chardonnay flavors in the barrels.

“Doing this makes us nervous since it could easily turn into something we didn’t plan on producing, aka a sour beer,” says Head Brewer Peter Kiley. “It helps to shows how our methodology and sterile practices at Monday Night Brewing help our team to produce high quality beers for our fans to enjoy.”

Mom would approve.

Mom will also approve of the smooth and accessible flavors of Mom Jeans. Kiley describes this as the “antithesis” of Laissez-Faire, which is very bold and robust in taste.

“The harmony between the Belgian-style beer and the barrel compliment makes it a really balanced beer with pronounced notes of Chardonnay,” says Kiley. “It’s going to be a great summertime Black Tie.”

All in all, Mom Jeans is the essence of all things balanced and beautiful. Hence, Mom Jeans truly is the essence of your mother.