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10 Canadian Breweries and Distilleries Where Women are Leading the Way

Much like chefs, female brewers and distillers operate in a largely male-dominated sphere. Case in point: When Helen Cummings opened a whisky distillery in Scotland in 2015, she was the first woman in 200 years to do so. Beer is a similar story—according to a 2014 Stanford University study, only four per cent of all brewmasters are women.

Yet, women have a genetic advantage when it comes to crafting brews, including superior smelling skills. (Women have 16.2 millions cells in the olfactory bulb—nearly twice as many as men.) That’s part of the reason why women are making waves in producing and marketing Canada’s finest beer and booze. Here’s 10 of them—and where you can sample their best creations.

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