Perhaps "queer" is a new concept for many and we want to give a very brief overview to highlight the importance of groups like QMB. Queer is not a bad word, it is a theory, an identity, a body of research, a set of core beliefs that seek true equality. Queer culture and beliefs generally regard heteronormative expectations as negatively impacting every person in our society. Perhaps you have experienced pressure to marry, wear heels (or not wear heels) to work, earn enough to provide for a family on your own, or enjoy an exceptionally bitter IPA, and you're not really digging that. Queer people get it. Practices and institutions that privilege heterosexuality as "normal" result in loss of rights, access, effective justice, peace, and understanding by defining other identities as not normal. They may force you to not be your authentic self. QMB is a positive and spirited platform that gives the "others" representation in brewing by simply making great beer, being ourselves, and participating in local community events.
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BEERLAND premiers April 27th at 10pm eastern time on VICELAND. We're delighted to have been invited to rep homebrew culture in mainstream media. "Beerland follows Golden Road brewery founder, Meg Gill, as she sets out on a cross-country journey to meet with home-brewers and find the best brews in each city she travels to." Best brews?! We're blushing rn. Our group has only been brewing since 2015 but it's true, our beers are good and we are hella fun to chill with.
Check it out, on May 11th the queerdos will grace your screen in Episode 3 of BEERLAND! If you're local, come hang with the QMB crew at The Good Hop Bottle Shop in Oakland, CA at 7pm local time.
Yeast are the coolest organism on the planet. No but seriously, scientists are engineering a beer that ferments sugar into morphine. That's insane! The idea is that with this method drugs could be produced that have fewer side effects and reduce the addictive properties of a medically relevant pain medication.
Fall is bringing some prime beer-brewing weather. We have 10 or 11? beers fermenting right now! That's the most beer we've ever been in possession of. More is on the way! This past weekend we made a Lagunitas IPA clone, so expect that on tap at a brew in early December. A brew-day is coming up on November 13th. Events in the coming months are sure to have many excellent beer options on tap as our current collection starts going into kegs. But the biggest event is...
Queersgiving!!!! RSVP and have the time of your lyyyfffeee. We will have three beers made by three QMB teams keg conditioned, on tap, and ready to be judged by YOU. This is our biggest party of the year with tons of amazing food and obviously a lot of awesome beer. A ridiculously bad-ass trophy will be awarded, don't miss it. Up that QMB fridge magnet collection with the 2016 competition edition. Plus, we will be making a donation to NoDAPL and supporting the Standing Rock Sioux in their fight to protect their land.
Queers Makin' Beers is up to 436 members and someone new joins almost every day (0.89 people per day). That's insane. In the past year our brew game has reached the next level so many times. We became Instagram celebrities for a minute when we brought our 7' x 6' x 16' "FUCK TRUMP" banner to PRIDE. But it was turning a chest freezer into a temp-controlled fermentation chamber that changed everything. This enables us to ferment at any temperature, in the dark even during summer. Plus, now we can LAGER!!!! Our beers are consistently outstanding and we have some really nice equipment now. It is all available for you to use and beer makes great gifts or party contributions. Congratulations everyone, we have been very successful in accomplishing our primary goal; creating a strong community of queers who brew their own beer. It's radical and empowering. We're the second largest homebrew club in the Bay Area! When it comes to beer-making, the queers in the Bay are a force.
P.S. These are the new pint glasses.
Sale of No-Label by BrewDog benefiting Queerest of the Queer! Yay for queers in the beer world, but wait, are these people queer!? As reported in the Advocate, BrewDog is using some cool sex-changing hops. Brew-dog is not owned and/or run by queers as far as we know. This fact probably explains why they clearly don't understand gender, queers, our community, or why this doesn't apply to a plant part. But... check it out for yourselves.
"No Label is the world’s first ‘non-binary, postgender beer’ designed to reflect the diversity of the area and champion inclusivity." I'm not exactly sure what this means or if hops have a socially-constructed "gender", as in humans, but the biology of the hops is certainly interesting. ...."This 4.6% ABV Kölsch has been brewed with hops that have changed sex from female to male flowers prior to harvest. We have used these to emphasise that, just like humans, beer can be whatever the hell it wants to be, and proud of it."