By Scott Elpers
Photography by Aaron Patton
The tap room of Hopping Gnome is generally packed, and International Women’s Day was no exception, but it was the brightly-lit brewing area in the back where the real celebration began.
March 8 also marked International Women’s Collaboration Brew Day. To celebrate, locally-owned Hopping Gnome Brewery in the Douglas Design District brought in a group of female brewers to craft its HBIC Sour Ceiling Breaker.
The beer was tapped on March 29, with a percentage of the proceeds going toward Dress For Success, a local organization that empowers women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support and tools to help them thrive.
“I’ve always been passionate about women’s issues and giving back to women’s organizations,” said Stacy Ward Lattin, who owns Hopping Gnome with Torrey Lattin. “This day is to help raise awareness and give back to the organizations that can help make progress.”
Back on International Women’s Day, Hopping Gnome tapped another special beer, with proceeds benefitting Wichita Areas Sexual Assault Center. The brewery also hosted a special art show highlighting local female artists.
“Craft beer is really big right now, especially in Wichita, which doesn’t have a professional female brewer at the moment,” Ward-Lattin said. “It’s a male-dominated field, but we’re showing women it might be something they’re interested in.”