The Tri-Cities Cask Festival Association is proud to announce the date of the second annual Siris Cask Festival, a Craft Cask event featuring 40+ beers made exclusively by women.

The goal of the festival is to provide a venue to showcase the skill of female brewers in BC and across Canada. This reaches back to a time when the important duty of brewing beer was exclusively the role of women in society. (Siris, the symbol of our festival, was the original goddess of beer in pre-Sumerian mythology.)

The other goal for the Siris festival is to provide an ongoing bursary for Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s Brewing Studies program. Last year the Siris Bursary was awarded to Kristy Tattrie to help her finish her studies, and we have already delivered our 2018 disbursement to KPU for another qualifying female student in this year’s class.

Siris is helmed by three Associate Directors: Claire Wilson, Brewmaster  of Dogwood Brewing, Ashley Brooks, Quality Control Manager of Four Winds Brewing, and Julia Hanlon, Brewmaster of Steamworks Brewing. In addition to addressing the festival, all of them will be supplying casks. MC for the event is Nancy More, the first female Brewmaster  in North America and instructor at KPU.

From Associate Director Julia Hanlon: ". . . this small club . . . needs more members, so that in the future nobody will feel compelled to ask the question about what it means to be a "female" brewer.  The Siris Cask Festival and bursary is one step towards this and I am very honoured and proud to be part of this event to help more female brewers join this amazing community!"

In keeping with spirit of the festival, the first hour will be a VIP event open only to women, and will feature an interactive Q&A between our Associate Directors and their peers. After that hour, all of the ticketed public will be admitted to enjoy all of their great cask beers.