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14th September 2023

Women In Beer welcome the first 12 mentees in its inaugural Mentorship Programme

Applications for the first part of the programme closed mid-August and from an unexpectedly high number of applications 12 women have entered the mentorship scheme.

Over 45 applications!

For the first edition of their mentorship programme the Scottish “women who beer” community has registered over 45 applications from all over the UK.

Amelie Tassin, founder of Women in Beer and the WiB Mentorship said:

“It’s been both exciting and a bit overwhelming to see so many candidates applying to the programme. I think it’s incredibly important for women to be able to learn and take inspiration from other women in the industry.  It’s been a real joy to see this project coming to fruition”. 

The following 12 women, coming from all aspects of the industry and all parts of the country have been paired up with a mentor:

Holly Lewis (Brewer at the Hanging Bat Brew Co. and Barney’s Beer), Elizabeth Townsend (Co-founder at Kerroo Brewing Company), Lucy Simons (Co-owner of The Abdication micropub and co-founder of Let’s Beer), Eddie Doyle (Brewer at Full Circle Brew Co.), Jessy  Dendle  (Marketing and engagement assistant at Cloudwater Brew Co.), Rosie Roberts (Marketing and Sales Freelancer), Megan Swinn (Area Sales Manager at Mondo Brewing Company), Noora Koskinen-Dini (brewer/taproom manager at Six Hills Brewing), Lucy Stevens (Head brewer and co-founder at Closet Brewing),  Rachael Bull (Brewery and Taproom Operation manager at Phantom Brewing Co.), Lindsey Cruden (Co-founder at Gan Yam Brew Co.) and Sian Thomas (Brewer at Mad Dog Brewery Co.).

A mix of personal meetings and group events through the year

Through the coming year the 12 women will benefit from dedicated mentoring time as well as free access to a series of webinar and events. Those events will be provided by the WiB Mentorship Gold Sponsors to give the mentees the opportunity to learn more about the industry and make precious contacts.

Online events and webinars will also be open to the Women in Beer Community.

Alix Blease, Technical Sales Representative at Lallemand Brewing said:

“We are very proud to sponsor the Women In Beer Mentorship Programme. Assisting women working in the beer industry to get support and mentorship for their projects and creative endeavours will only lead to expanding their career opportunities in the future. Lallemand will additionally be supporting this venture with web seminars and sensory training, which will help advance the technical education of not only the mentees, but also the Women In Beer community members.”

A continuous support needed. 

After the success of the 1st round of applications, a second session of the programme with 12 additional spots is aiming to open in March 2024.

The Mentorship scheme has secured enough funding to cover the costs for the first six months of the programme, however it has still a long way to go to reach the whole year’s mark.

If you’d like to become a sponsor of the programme, you can contact the organisers at or become a Patreon for as little as £4.50 per month

An assessment of the first WiB mentorship programme will be presented at the next Women in Beer Festival (WIB Fest) in October 2024.


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Women in Beer is grateful to the following sponsors whose support makes our Mentorship Programme possible.

Gold Sponsors:

Crisp Malt
Since 1870, Crisp Malt has lived and breathed malting. With this passion and expertise, and by combining traditional and modern techniques, they create an impressive range of malted and non-
malted products, including several unique and exclusive barley malts.

Simpson Malt
Founded in 1862, Simpson Malt is an independent, fifth-generation family-owned business and a Certified B Corporation.
The company’s passion is a focus on making malts with taste, flavour and consistently high quality with the world’s best brewers and distillers in mind, helping them to craft the finest beers and
From grain to glass, the company’s malts are certified and fully traceable, produced only from 100%, certified seeds of the finest UK two-row barley that have been procured by the company’s
agricultural merchanting division, McCreath Simpson & Prentice (MSP), which has farming partners across England and Scotland.

Lallemand Brewing
Supported by decades of long-standing industry experience, an extensive support network, and strong technical expertise, Lallemand Brewing is positioned to help your brewery achieve its
growth and quality goals. Beyond an unparalleled global technical support and expertise, we offer an extensive range of products, services, and education.
Whether you are a startup, a global leader in beer production or anywhere in between, we have something for you.

At Lallemand Brewing… WE BREW WITH YOU(TM).

Bronze Sponsors:

BarthHaas X
BarthHaas X proudly supports diversity within the craft beer industry. They seek to inspire craft brewers all over Europe with whole hops and pellets, intriguing extracts, and yield-boosting
advanced hop products. Their parent company BarthHaas is the world’s largest supplier of hops and hop products- they provide incredible research and technical expertise, as well as global
infrastructure and purchasing power… and BarthHaas X makes it all accessible to the smaller beer producers through a creative and personal perspective.

Kegstar offers a stainless-steel keg solution to the beverage industry. Brewers leave keg maintenance, warehousing and return logistics to us, spending less time and capital on fleet
management and more time on making great beers.
Together with parent company Microstar, we operate a fleet of over 6 million kegs and are capable of partnering with brewers ranging from start-ups to the largest, most sophisticated
breweries in the industry.
We’re built on the simple idea that sharing is better and continue to grow our keg network across the globe. In Europe and the US, we partner with distributors to help customer beer travel
domestically and internationally in the most efficient, cost-effective way possible.

About Women In Beer:

Women in Beer is a community. We are a group for women who like good beer and good company. We meet up in local pubs, attend events and festivals, visit breweries, and learn from
women in the brewing industry, We’re here to support women in their beer journey whether it’s their passion, their career, or they are just looking for a new hobby.Our activities are:
The Group (formerly Beers Without Beards)
The Festival (WiB Fest)
The Mentorship Programme.

Website and social media
Instagram: @womeninbeeruk
Facebook: /womeninbeer
Twitter: @WomenInBeer_

How to join the group:
Women in Beer on Facebook:

Contact: Amelie Tassin,

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