Cincinnati’s chapter of a national brew-loving organization hosts a variety of events to build a community of local women who love craft beer. Read on for more.
Love socializing, craft beer, and fundraising? If so, then Cincinnati’s chapter of Girls Pint Out is for you.
Girls Pint Out, or “GPO,” is a national craft beer organization for women with more than 90 chapters in 35 states. Their mission, according to Cincinnati GPO chapter head Amy Kearns, is to “build a community of women who love craft beer and who are an active, contributing part of the greater craft beer community.” GPO provides an opportunity for discussion, education, and fun through social media, meet-ups, and local events.
Cincinnati GPO has something going on at least once a week. Sometimes it’s just a casual meet-up, where members grab a pint and have some food and conversation. These take place at local breweries, bars, bottle shops, and other locations. Some establishments set up events, such as special tappings, specifically for Cincinnati GPO and sometimes local food trucks come.
Cincinnati GPO hosts a variety of events, including tours of local breweries and brew bus tours; educational events such as home brewing classes; beer and food pairings, like the popular beer and donut event; joint meetups with other local groups; fundraising events for local charitable organizations; and volunteering at local events, such as the Brewer’s Open Charity Golf Classic, which benefitted ProKids. It also recently had a pints and coloring night at a local brewery to collect money and school supplies for a local charity and another event to collect feminine hygiene products and money to benefit a couple of other local charities.
“We love fresh, new ideas for events from our members,” says Kearns, who runs the Cincinnati chapter with fellow heads Kat Finn and Lesley Hugo. “In fact, anyone in the group can plan an event.”
The Cincinnati chapter of GPO also frequently meets up with other Midwest chapters. In November, several members will be going to Grand Rapids, Michigan to join members from other Midwest GPO chapters for a special tour of Founders Brewing Co. and visits to other breweries in the area.
“It’s a great opportunity to network with other GPO ladies, share ideas, and strengthen our community,” Kearns says.
There’s a lot of sharing between chapters of the organization, which started in Indianapolis in early 2010. The Cincinnati chapter, which was founded in 2013, frequently meets up with the Dayton chapter; the two branches participate in each other’s events and are planning some joint events.
There is no membership fee or application process. To join, just show up to an event, Kearns says, and new members are always welcome. To learn more about Cincinnati GPO, check out their website and social media platforms: Facebook, Meetup, Twitter, and Instagram.