International Women’s Day: Northeast Ohio women brewing change in male-dominated industry

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KENT, Ohio — Some Northeast Ohio business owners are brewing change in a traditionally male-dominated industry. A Brewers Association survey found more than two-thirds of U.S. breweries are solely owned by men.

The Bell Tower Brewing Company is bucking the trend in more ways than one. Two of the Kent brewery’s three co-owners are female. Co-owner Jennifer Hermann is also the company’s head brewer. It’s a title held by few women in the industry.

“Ten years ago, that’s not what was being talked about. So I would get asked a lot what it was like to be a female in a man’s world,” Hermann said. “I feel like – why are we talking about it? But it is important because there are so few of us. And especially women as head brewers, there are so few even still.”

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