Queer spaces for women are disappearing. By one count from The Lesbian Bar Project, there were 200 lesbian bars in 1980, and now there are just 21.
That’s why the creators of Dyke Beer launched a drink that aspires to be more than delicious. It’s a tool for preserving lesbian culture.
In this episode of the podcast, Next City Executive Director Lucas Grindley talks with senior economics correspondent Oscar Perry Abello about his reporting on this small business’ place in the male-dominated brewing industry. We also meet Sarah Halloquist, who as co-founder and the head of recipes is helping Dyke Beer prioritize lesbian visibility.
“There's a lot of space for the capital-G gay man, cis gay man, but there isn't a lot for queer women,” says Halloquist. “So part of our campaign is the lack of bars, the lack of space — and also just the lack of visibility in general.”