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The Hoppy Bitches

Amanda Boyden
Amanda has always been a beer drinker, but prior to moving to Toronto the closest thing she had to craft beer was Creemore Springs... there weren't too many bars in the Shwa that carried craft beer on draught. When she moved to downtown TO about 7 years ago her exposure to beer expanded starting with a lot of Euro beers because these were carried at a lot of downtown pubs. From there she started feeling more experimental. Her tastes extended with the increased selection of Ontario beers available on tap around TO and on LCBO shelves. Once she started hanging with the Hoppy Bitches she was hooked.

Amanda loves cooking and pairing wine with food and realized that beer was no exception! The potential was endless. She is always in search of something new and complex to satisfy her taste buds and LOVES sharing her love for beer with an awesome group of women. Pregnancy has slowed her down a bit over the last nine months, but she's pumped to be back on the craft-train and has stocked her fridge with a stash of brews to enjoy with her baby.

Alexa Pagel
Alexa joined the Hoppy Bitches in 2011 (or was it 2012?), when Selina first mentioned that she might be interested in drinking craft beer (yes) with some awesome ladies (yes!) Since then, Alexa’s palate has become more refined through the copious amounts of beer she has consumed although she is known to drink a shitty beer just to get a badge, which has earned her the nickname Badgewhore.

When she’s not drinking beer to earn a badge, Alexa likes to plan which beers she is going to drink that will earn her badges. Alexa’s favourite style is stout (which she will drink year-round), with a balanced IPA in close second. And when she's not imbibing, Alexa works for the provincial government and rides bikes as her other hobby.

Sarah Mousseau
Sarah’s love affair with beer began in a bar in Berlin during the winter of 2007 after she uttered the words "Ein dunkel, bitte." Since then, she has worked very hard to try as many different beers as possible even going as far as attempting to brew her own*.

When she is not sampling the latest stout, Sarah spends her time working as a producer for a Toronto based animation company. In addition to her enthusiasm for beer, Sarah ran her first marathon in October 2014 and is currently illustrating a series of graphic novels.

*Neither her rye IPA nor her pumpkin ale have caused any known deaths

Laura Mousseau
Laura has been enjoying beer since the tender young age of five or so as her Dad always shared sips and sometimes even provided small glasses on hot summer days. Laura's first real teenage drinking experience involved Schooner (Labatt--look, it was Cochrane, Ontario) and some terrible dancing but her true appreciation of beer began in the Yukon during the summer 2001 with Big Rock's Grasshopper Wheat Ale. She is most fond of sours, wheat beers (Bavarian or Belgian) and saisons by spring and summer, and stouts and porters by fall and winter. In 2014 Laura was very lucky to be on the Wellington Brewery Queen of Craft brew team and helped create the award-winning Chai Stout Latter, 2014: A Spice Odyssey. Laura's current favoured beer is Uber, whose brewery name (Nickelbrook) starts with the 14th letter of the alphabet which is, coincidentally, the number of years Laura has lived in Guelph. Laura joined the Hoppy Bitches in May 2014.

Ann Darby
Ever the curious one, Ann tried her first sip of beer at the  age of twelve when her dad left his brew unattended to use the washroom.  Her unrefined palate, and the fact that her first introduction to beer was a tepid Molson Canadian, led Ann to immediately down three chocolate chunk cookies in an effort to expunge both the flavour and the memory from her person.

Thankfully,  Ann continued to dabble in the world of beer and now endeavours to try and savour as many different types of beers as possible.  Her current favourite types of beers are ones with high IBUs and she can't get enough of sours!  In the next few years Ann hopes to step up her homebrew game.

As a proud hoppy bitch and an avid traveller, Ann is always searching for hoppiness in new locales.

Susan Drodge
Susan's first memories of beer were drinking all that was available in her home province of Newfoundland - Jockey Club, India (her Great, Great Grandfather was rumored to be the brewmaster), Blue Star (tagline the Shining Star of the Granite Planet) and yes, sadly even Molson Special Dry and Moosehead.

When Susan moved to Toronto in 1997 things finally got interesting when she visited places like C'est What who back then were one of the few places that served craft beer. Plenty of beer was also consumed at old favourites like the Spotted Dick, The Duke of Gloucester and the Fox's Den. This was all back when Susan still enjoyed a European Beer. Thankfully those days are over, and Susan now gets to enjoy IPAs (the hoppier the better, but not too much malt please), porters, stouts, saisons and sours at the many great bars serving Canadian and American craft beer (because let's face it we only drank the European stuff when we had absolutely no other choice).

Susan Co-founded the Hoppy Bitches with her buddy Selina Young in 2012 as a way to spend more time drinking beer with her female friends (but still never forgetting she likes to drink beer with boys too).

Selina Young
Selina’s beer love started as a newborn; back when nursing Mom’s were given Guinness in the hospital. While she still loves Stouts, IPA’s are her favourite, hence why Hoppy Bitches was the perfect name for the beer club Selina and Susan started back in 2012. Some of Selina’s favourite hops include Cascade, Citra and Amarillo – bring on the citrus & tropical fruit! Selina is passionate about trying different craft beer wherever she travels and especially at home in Ontari-ari-oh, promoting great beer and the people who make the beer possible whenever she can.  When Selina isn’t enjoying a delicious beer, she is often found running long distances – a great way to justify more beer!