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26th June 2024

Summer Hop Is Coming | Will You Be There?

SUMMER HOP  is a new one-day event concept by Women On Tap CIC that aims to embody the spirit of WOTFEST over the past seven years, packed into a few hours. The day is split into three distinct parts – Talks, Tasting, Social – with each bit ticketed separately.

All three parts of the day will take place on 04.07.24 in the private upstairs event space at Rooster’s taproom at Hornbeam Park in Harrogate.

The day will commence with an industry-focused segment (10am-3pm)  featuring prominent speakers who are activists, leaders, researchers, and experts in the beer industry. We will share new data and insights, hear from frontline researchers and industry trailblazers; leadership experts and activists.

SUMMER HOP is not women-only. Anyone with an interest in the UK beer industry is welcome – particularly within a gender equality context. Men in senior roles with influence in the brewery or pub trade or wider hospitality sector are particularly encouraged to attend.

The morning will set the scene with an introduction titled ‘What the hell is going on with women and beer in the UK?’ with Annabel Smith highlighting some of the headlines from the recent Gender Pint Gap: Revisited report, and PHD candidate Inka Kosonen sharing highlights of her research as she prepares to submit her final doctoral thesis titled ‘Making the British craft beer industry more inclusive: A pragmatist inquiry into gender inequalities’.

A roundtable discussion titled ‘The UK beer industry is failing women. How can we drive real change?’ will bring together either women from across the UK beer industry to discuss the research and explore solutions. They are: Rachel Auty, Founder of Women On Tap CIC and Marketing Consultant; Isobel Cameron, Digital Marketing Coordinator for Rooster’s Brewing Co; Lauren Gilbert, Deputy General Manager at The Head of Steam, Leeds Park Row; Heather Griffin | General Manager at Northern Monk Refectory LDS; Jessica Mason, Beer and Features Editor at The Drinks Business; Bex Painter, Creative Lead at Thornbridge Brewery; Catherine Webber, Business Development Manager at Attic Brew Co; and Katie Wynne, Events & Marketing Coordinator at Thornbridge Brewery.

A ‘WOT Topics’ hour will then bring a range of mini talks on activism projects and practical guidance, and Annabel Smith and Rachel Auty will close the talks with a look at the Dea Latis 10-point manifesto, which offers practical takeaways to drive positive change.

Tickets are £15, including access to all talks and networking opportunities, a light lunch, and a beer. LIMITED AVAILABILITY £10 BARTHHAAS-SUBSIDISED TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE.

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Guided Beer Tasting

Once the main talks are concluded, a guided tasting (3.15pm-4.30pm) will be hosted by Beer Sommelier, Annabel, who has worked in the beer industry for almost 30 years as a licensee, educator, beer inspector, public speaker and author. She’s a leading expert on cask beer.

She will showcase four Rooster’s beers and talk about flavour profiles, beer styles and brewing techniques and will share her passion for beer as one of the UK’s leading beer trainers.

Tickets are £12 which includes all beers and some paired snacks as part of a fascinating and entertaining hour-and-a-quarter with a deeply knowledgeable Smith. Book here:

Beer Social

The final part of the day (From 5pm) is a Beer Social, hosted by Women On Tap CIC. This relaxed event is open to anyone who loves beer.

Entertainment has been organised in the shape of thought-provoking spoken word from the legendary local poet, Jem Henderson, and a spot of live music for your listening pleasure. Waihuka Matekuare (Wai) is a Singer Songwriter from New Zealand, living in Knaresborough, and Amber Ra is a singer and songwriter exploring Soul, Spiritual, Jazz and Pop music. Get ready for keys vocals, groovy drum beats and some sacred original mantras!

Doors will open at 5pm. Entertainment will run from 5.30-7.30 and the social will continue afterwards downstairs in a reserved area of the main taproom space.

Tickets are just £5 and include your first drink and a WOT pin badge. Book here:


In addition to the programme of talks and entertainment, a photography exhibition will be on display all day in the main event room for all attendees to enjoy.

Following a run stage@leeds back in March, Raging! will be exhibited for one day only.

Raging! is a photography project that sticks two fingers up to women+ being seen and not heard. This vibrant, punchy and ironic commentary on societal expectation establishes a space where women+ can be loud, outrageous and angry about the things that affect us on a daily basis. Women+ like they’ve never been seen before, or maybe they have but they were just ‘hormonal’.

Artists Grace Wilkinson and Sarah Oglesby will also be delivering a short talk about the project and their work as part of our WOT Topics section of the day, and there will be a participative element in the shape of a Board of Rage where we all get the chance to share our own frustrations.

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Info and Tickets


SUMMER HOP  is sponsored by Barthhaas X and is brought to you in partnership with Rooster’s Taproom.

About Women On Tap CIC

We are Women On Tap CIC – pioneers of initiatives that put brilliant women from the heavily male-dominated beer industry in the spotlight through a programme of activism including events, campaigns, and arts commissions.

We collaborate with leading bars, breweries, industry experts, and creatives to compile thought-provoking communications and distinctive, welcoming experiences designed to encourage women to find and further explore their passion for beer.

Established in 2017 with our first festival celebrating women in beer in Harrogate, North Yorkshire, WOT has since delivered more than 100 events and 7 major festivals alongside a range of campaigns getting creative, celebrating the role of women in beer, boosting beer education, and pushing for change in beer and wider society.

Women On Tap is a registered trademark, certified social enterprise and not-for-profit with one clear message: WOMEN BELONG IN BEER.

Image Credit Ryan Walsh

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