Welcome and thank you for visiting the Queers Makin' Beers GoFundMe campaign! Make sure to check out the Donors Brunch event detailed at the bottom!
We are the largest community of queer beer brewers in the United States and, most-likely, the world! Since 2015, QMB has been teaching members to brew during hands-on, monthly brew days where we share technical information, equipment, and delicious beer, of course. We are now over 1000 members in California , Oregon , and Florida ! Kate Summerill and I, Rebecca Sandidge, are the QMB co-founders. We saw a need for an intentionally diverse brew club where queer people could see themselves as masterful brewers. We've built up a very special homebrew club that creates an industry access point and friendly atmosphere, bringing beer-brewing to queer folks and queer folks to the industry. QMB teaches people to make beer for no cost with the goal of empowering individuals to engage deeply and explore their skills. Humans are reluctant to join a group if they don't see themselves represented in its membership wether in business, sports, brewing or anything else. QMB directly remedies those hesitations by welcoming and encouraging those who may have thought brew spaces weren't for them. Brewers should be just as diverse as beer is; we're making that happen! We've developed close friendships and partnerships with breweries and other clubs. We share the commitment of our members, our awesome beers, and our goals with local professionals and charity organizations to shift the culture of beer! You can be a part of the revolution!
We are graciously reaching out, asking for your help, in supporting two major moves for QMB:
1. Start-up funds for the QMB, Bend, Oregon Chapter with Kate 2. Travel funds for outreach and speaking events, collaborations with advocacy groups and charitable efforts.
Kate recently moved to Bend Oregon (hot for beer) and has started a new chapter of Queers Makin' Beers! That is so exciting! As an extremely experience brewer, specializing in Belgian beers, Kate will be a huge success. Without access to the East Bay Chapter's equipment, her club will be purchasing their own setup. We want to support them with $1000.
Rebecca has been named one of the top five women "shaking up the male-dominated beer industry" in Broadly, and loves representing the queer community . In April, Rebecca flew to Denver to speak at the prestigious Craft Brewers Conference . She spoke to hundreds of industry professionals about reaching out to marginalized groups and forming strong partnerships. The flight and hotel costs were a huge expense for our non-profit club but these efforts are invaluable in advocating for diversity. We plan to do more advocacy! Rebecca is working to build a network of professionals, hobbyists, and social justice groups with a common goal of shifting beer culture.
These two goals are special to us and we need a boost to make them happen. The Bend chapter will be key in bringing queer brewing access to the Northwest. Bend is famous for craft beer so this is an amazing opportunity. Kate has already formed a crew ready to launch QMB, Bend. Rebecca expects to have more opportunities to engage with the public about diversity and its great value. Our goal is to raise $3000 by our fourth anniversary, July 2nd. It's an amazing feeling to say we've been around for 4 years! If you are unable to give, that's totally ok, too. Please consider sharing our campaign with those who might be stoked on us and everything we do!
Thank you and Cheers! Queers Makin' Beers
QMB Donors Brunch, Sunday, July 14th, 11am-2pm Extra fancy breakfast beer cocktails and food grown in our own garden will be served to you in our lush and serene backyard. Beer bar will be open! Meat, vegetarian, and vegan options are available. Regular beers, coffee, and sparkling waters, too! Make a $60 donation for one ticket or a $100 donation for two tickets. RSVP on Eventbrite.