New Festival in Auburn will Celebrate Women in the Craft Beverage Industry


New York State Equal Rights Heritage Center and City of Auburn Announce Brave Brews

A new annual weekend-long festival will kick-off Women’s History Month in Auburn supporting the women of New York’s burgeoning craft beverage industry. Named Brave Brews: Celebrating Women in Craft Beverage, the event will be held March 4 through 6, 2022, in Auburn.

The weekend-long celebration was inspired by the Pink Boots Collaboration Brew Day® event that Prison City Brewing owner Dawn Schulz has hosted for the past four years. Part of a national brewing collaborative project sponsored by the Pink Boots Society® to commemorate International Women’s Day, Schulz aims to increase Prison City’s annual brew day participation from 20 to 80 participants this year and teamed up with the City’s Historic and Cultural Sites Commission and the New York State Equal Rights Heritage Center to expand the annual ritual into a weekend of events. Brave Brews will begin with the 2022 rendition of the Pink Boots Collaboration Brew Day® on Friday, March 4.

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Toasting the history and her-story of brewing will continue with more than 20 cultural sites and businesses in the greater downtown Auburn area hosting First Friday evening festivities as a kick-off for Brave Brews Weekend. The Cayuga Museum of History & Art will unveil a new 2022 exhibition Proof Positive that explores the history of how wine, beer, cider, and spirits are made in Cayuga County; the Equal Rights Heritage Center will host a meet and greet with Harlem Brewing Company Brewer and Founder Celeste Beatty, the first African American woman to own a brewery in the United States; and a Beer Dinner with award-winning beer and food writer The Beeroness, Jackie Dodd Mallory, hosted by Prison City Brewing and catered by Scratch Farmhouse Catering. Other First Friday events include tap takeovers and live music at local bars and breweries, open houses at historic and cultural sites, and, a free downtown shuttle in the evening hours to safely transport participants from site to site.

Daytime festivities for Saturday will feature programmed events highlighting women in the craft beverage industry with notable guests and speakers, along with special tours at historic and cultural sites, a Beer & Donuts brunch, and a new Drink Like a Girl® 1 Mile Craft Beer Tasting Walk in downtown Auburn. The inaugural tasting walk will highlight downtown Auburn’s three craft breweries along with three guest breweries navigating a one mile walk through Auburn’s historic downtown. The walk will commence with inspirational words from Harlem Brewing Company Owner Celeste Beatty and feature music along the way. Mid-afternoon on Saturday, Prison City’s North Street Farm Brewery will host a FIRE & ICE Fest with live music, beverage tastings, ice sculptures, and fireworks.

The Heritage Center and Commission partnered with creative and technology firm, and certified B Corp, TGW Studio of Rochester, NY, to brand Brave Brews. Additionally, a website has been developed to attract and welcome visitors to the area, and to provide updated information on the celebration’s events. Some weekend events are free, and others will be ticketed, for complete event information, visit



First Friday March 4 Brave Brews Kick-Off

Make rounds to 25 venues including historic & cultural sites, eateries, breweries & shops, featuring women artists, musicians & performers, plus women in craft beverage tastings, tap takeovers & more. A free Big D’s shuttle is available Friday & Saturday 3 – 10PM. Park in the City Parking Garage and hop on at the Equal Rights Heritage Center. Various stops include the Hilton Garden Inn, the Cayuga Museum & Schweinfurth Art Center, downtown businesses and Prison City Brewing North Street. For complete weekend info, please visit:

Lavish Lounge
From 4 – 7PM enjoy Ladies’ Night happy hour specials and music by DJ Mel 9PM – 2AM.

Schweinfurth Art Center
From 5 – 8PM view Both Ends of the Rainbow, featuring 1,000+ works of art created by area students & seniors, plus live music by Perform 4 Purpose & family craft activity.

Cayuga Museum
From 5 – 8PM attend the opening exhibit reception for Proof Positive: Wine, Beer, and Spirits of Cayuga County, plus a tasting with Lunkenheimer Craft Brewing Company.

Shepherd’s Brewing Co.
From 4 – 11PM view artwork & mixed-media creations by emerging artist Emily Rajca, plus live music performed by Crossroads 8 – 11PM, and a first firkin beer release.

Thirsty Pug Craft Beer
From 5 – 7PM join Kara Johnston from Chimney Bluffs Hoppery, educating patrons & pouring samples from breweries that feature their hops.

Parker’s Grille & Tap House
From 5 – 7PM enjoy Ladies’ Night wine & house cocktail discounts, plus samples and $5 pints of Founders Brewing Co. All Day Haze and Centennial IPAs.

Moondog’s Lounge
From 6 – 10PM enjoy music by Mikaela Lagerhausen, and Honky Tonk Hindooz, plus a Young Lion Brewing Co. tasting & YLBC Pilsner on tap. Reservations encouraged, fully vaccinated patrons only.

Prison City Pub & Brewery

From 9PM – Midnight dance to Phish cover band Jellyphish.

The Refinery @ Hilton Garden Inn
From 5 – 8PM stop in for a tap takeover; bar is pouring Young Lion Brewing Co.’s IPA and Lunkenheimer Craft Brewing’s Exit 40 Pale Ale, plus beer battered fish fry served until 10PM.

Café 108
From 5 – 7PM enjoy the Queens’ Table, created by Melody Smith Johnson for Black women to share their stories, poetry & dialogue. March’s event welcomes Helen Baker, Dannielle Hamilton & Shawnna Williams. Plus, view an art exhibit by Natalia Brillati.

Auburn Public Theater Stage Right
At 7PM attend a 1st Amendment – 1st Vote film screening of Harriet & Matilda: Champions of Change, followed by a community conversation led by Sheri Dozier Owens.

Rudolph’s Sugar Shack
From 5 – 7PM stop into this mother-daughter owned sweet shop for a free Wild Nectar Mead & chocolate tasting.

Next Chapter Brewpub
From 5 – 9PM enjoy a beverage with brewpub owner Michelle DeLap, plus dinner & drink specials and live music by Connie Patti & Jim Van Arsdale 6 – 9PM.

Equal Rights Heritage Center
From 4 – 5PM meet Harlem Brewing Co. founder Celeste Beatty, enjoy Taste NY Market product tastings until 6PM & view Harriet Tubman bicentennial birthday cards. Park in the garage, and free shuttle from ERHC at 5PM.

Seward House Museum
From 5 – 7PM join a Prison City Brewery tasting & opening exhibit reception for The Vote: Changing Minds, Changing Times. The gift shop featured artist is Adina Fluri.

Evolve CBD
From 11AM – 7PM ladies enjoy a special 20% discount on in-stock merchandise.

Octane Social House
From 5 – 7:30PM join open mic/karaoke & view artful creations by Kaitlynn Grevell, Jennifer West & Denise Moody. Mention “First Friday” and get 15% off your bill.

Moro’s Table
From 4 – 9PM come celebrate Ladies’ Night with fine dining & craft cocktail specials.

The Resting Soul
From 3 – 7PM book a free self-care evaluation by spiritual life coach Joe Sarnicola. Call 315.224-5071 to register.

Moonflower Macarons
From 11AM – 6PM Theresa Mendez showcases her special release Cocoa Car Bomb macarons made with Prison City Brewery Porter. 

Underground Bottle Shop
From 11AM – 9PM view a local artwork display and shop for craft beverages that highlight women in the industry.

Artistic Impressions & Willard Memorial Chapel
From 4 – 8PM enjoy music by Julie Howard & Bob Piorun; women’s themed Chapel tours; brew-centric refreshments & Liba Spirits cocktail tastings; plus, paint & take a brew poster. From 5 – 7PM anything green is 50% off at the shop Sew What!

Auburn Discount Liquor
From 2:30 – 5:30PM come in for a complimentary Treleaven wine tasting.


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