About Us

It all started…

Ladies Craft Beer Society met for the first time in January 2014 in Cleveland, Ohio, when our founder decided that making and maintaining adult friendships was getting too complicated and she needed a routine way to stay in touch. So she sent out invitations to work friends, high school friends, met-at-uncomfortable-networking-event friends, and neighborhood friends to show up at her house at 6 p.m. on a Friday mere weeks after starting a new job.

She ended up having to literally run home from work after a late meeting to unlock the door before guests arrived, and was nervously chugging a winter-themed beer when the first women came through the door. The inaugural (and infamous) first craft was mittens sewn from old sweaters, far too ambitious for a dozen somewhat inebriated young professionals to tackle at a social event. The results were comically bad, and from this exercise the spirit of Ladies Craft Beer Society was forever cemented:

We don’t take ourselves too seriously. We’re mostly here for the beer.

We don’t take ourselves too seriously. We’re mostly here for the beer.

Our philosophy

Friendships are important, and book clubs are hard. With all the demands and obligations we put on ourselves, LCBS is a low-pressure way to reconnect and recharge once a month, and there’s no homework. (No hating on book clubs. Some of our overachiever members are also members of book clubs. We just really like not having to do homework.)

LCBS began as a loosely associated group of acquaintances to a tight-knit* group that has seen each other through a number of big life changes, from moves and babies to career changes and weddings and some really hard and sad stuff, too. In the ever-churning, ever evolving chaos of modern life, this club has become a reliable source of support and camaraderie for us.

*You do not need to know how to knit to belong to LCBS.

Pinterest lies. When all the plastic containers tumble out of your disorganized cabinets and your lampshades are covered in stickers and marker drawings from the kid who is now enjoying a little more screen time (rather than Montessori-inspired “toddler school” activities) so you can pop a frozen pizza in the oven for dinner, it’s delicious and easy to fall into a Pinterest hole and escape to beautiful interiors, perfect weddings, nutritionally optimal toddler meals and impeccably executed DIY projects.

Pinterest is aspirational and inspirational, but it’s also a big fat liar. Perfection is neither consistently attainable or very much fun. So if our sweater mittens look more like deformed snake monsters or our dreamcatchers unravel in knots, it’s NBD. This is real life, and real life has beer.

Can I join you?

We’re all about inclusivity at LCBS.

Unfortunately, there’s an upper limit to how many people with hot glue guns can fit around our dining room tables. So we’re not accepting applications for new members with much frequency.

That’s okay, though, because you can start your own crafting (and drinking, if that’s your style) club with very minimal effort. (Coming soon: The Essential Guide to Starting Your Own Craft Club). Check out our blog (or–ahem–Pinterest) for low-key craft ideas that won’t get in the way of your desperately needed social time and snacks.

cheers

Cheers!

The Ladies of LCBS