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All-Female Craft Beer Collaboration Across the Border

 With Las Hermanas, women brewers combine their expertise for a groundbreaking binational brew

TUCSON, Ariz., December 17, 2019 – Women around the world have been making beer since ancient times. In the United States-Mexico border region, two groups of women brewers – one in the Arizona and the other in Mexico – are making history by collaborating on a new craft-beer in what will be the first all-female binational brew project of its kind.

The women brewers are from Borderlands Brewing Company in Tucson, Arizona and Turulata Brewing Company and several other breweries in Mexico. The brew in Mexico will take place at the Cerveza Rrëy production facility in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico. These women have cooperated on an original recipe for a Hazy IPA, which they have named Las Hermanas (The Sisters) and will brew collaboratively and share across the United States-Mexico border. This is the first time that women brewers in Arizona and Mexico have collaborated on a brew in the spirit of diplomacy and passion for craft beer.

In order to brew the two versions of their beer, women from both breweries will travel across the border to work together at each other’s facility on the two brew days. Members of the media are invited to witness this collaborative brewing process in Tucson: 

Las Hermanas Collaborative Brewing Event

Friday, Dec. 20, 2019 at 8:00 a.m.-noon

Borderlands Brewing Co. Production Facility

330 S. Toole Ave., #200, Tucson, AZ 85701

Leading the two breweries are Ayla Kapahi at Borderlands Brewing Company and Sandra Navarro at Turulata Brewing Company. These women will be available for interviews on the brew days.

Ayla Kapahi, Borderlands Brewing Company – Ayla Kapahi is the head brewer for Borderlands Brewing Company, Tucson, the first all-female production facility in Arizona. In 2014, Ayla left a Ph.D. program to pursue a career in craft beer and never looked back. Ayla previously brewed for experimental nano-brewery Public Brewhouse in Tucson until 2018. She is an advocate for women and minorities in the craft beer industry.

"This women's collaborative brew is about more than brewing beer. We're building international relationships and celebrating Mexico's fast growing craft beer scene. It's important to continue to highlight women and minorities in the craft beer industry,” Ayla said.

Sandra Navarro, Turulata Brewing Company – A founding partner and lead brewer at Turulata Brewing Company, Monterrey, Nuevo León, Mexico, Sandra was born in Monterrey. She holds a B.A. in International Affairs and an M.B.A. She pursued brewing in 2016 after a stay in Belgium during which she learned about the country’s profound beer culture. 

“This is a great opportunity to show women are playing an important role in craft brewing and to further the conversation on diversity in the brewing industry. With Las Hermanas we are transcending borders, sharing knowledge and investing in our brew,” Sandra said.

In Tucson, Las Hermanas craft beer will be released on Friday, Jan. 17, 2020 at Borderlands Brewing Company and will be sold through Borderlands’ distributors.

About the Las Hermanas Brew Project

This U.S.-Mexico women’s brewing collaborative project was initiated by Visit Tucson and the Consulate of Mexico in Tucson with the support of Craft Tucson, Yakima Chief Hops, Country Malt Group, White Labs, Difusa, and many other craft beer-fans in the Southwestern border region. As a result of the generous donations of ingredients and up-front costs that these organizations have contributed, proceeds from each beer sold will be donated to nonprofit groups that support women in need on each side of the border and will go toward the professionalization of more women in the brewing industry.

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Marisol Vindiola, CTA

Director of Mexico Initiatives

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