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Riverside Market and Sam Adams Hosting Ladies & Lagers Class on Wednesday

The notion that women don't drink beer is not just sexist but stupid.

Head to any brewery, craft beer bar, or brewcentric event and there are just as many individuals with two x chromosomes slamming down the tasty beverage as there are men.

Still like so many other segments of the food and beverage world -- and in general -- craft beer tends to be a man's game, with the majority of the events being catered to dudes.

Not this time around. On Wednesday, Riverside Market and Sam Adams are hosting a Ladies & Lager course for female craft-beer geeks.

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Starting at 7 p.m., the spot is inviting women to this girls-only two-hour class that will explore the basics of craft beer, such as key terms, the history of beer, the different types of beer and how to identify them, brewing ingredients and processes, food pairings, and vital statistics, including alcohol by volume (ABV), standard reference method (SRM), and international bitterness unit (IBU).

"We wanted to create a fun, nonintimidating environment for women to learn about craft beer," says Riverside co-owner Lisa Siegel. "Every day, we have female customers expressing the desire to learn more about different kinds of craft beer and the history behind some of our favorite breweries. There are so many amazing women in our local craft-beer community, and Riverside is always committed to enhancing the craft-beer experience for them."

Siegel organized the event, which will benefit the Fort Lauderdale Woman's Club.

"We picked the Fort Lauderdale Woman's Club, because they are an organization that does community projects right here in our local neighborhood," says Siegel. "One hundred percent of the $10 entry fee will be donated to the FLWC as well as bring exposure to the group and their initiatives through Riverside's existing regulars and local audience."

Brett Hubbard, former Beer Academy instructor and craft and specialty import manager for Gold Coast Beverage, and brewery rep Amber Beckwith from the Boston Beer Co. will lead the class.

For $10, all participants will get entry into the class, a Sam Adams draft, and snacks.

The Riverside Market is located at 608 SW 12th Ave. in Fort Lauderdale. Call 954-358-8333, or visit

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