Dos Californias is tearing down walls between brewers


If you agree that a woman’s place is in the brew house, check out Dos Californias Brewsters. These female brewers from both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border will gather in Tijuana on Feb. 2 to make their second beer.

The first beer debuted at the 2018 Ensenada Beer Festival, and sales funded scholarships for four women studying brewing at Tijuana’s Instituto de Tecnológico de Tijuana (ITT).

“This endeavor has been incredibly meaningful,” said Melody Crisp, one of the U.S. members, “and with the current turmoil at the border, it’s been awesome to have a positive story of women helping women with no walls to stop us.”

The Brewsters’ current project, a pale ale, was supported by donations from San Diego’s White Labs and YCH Hops of Yakima, Wash. Brewing starts 9 a.m. inside Telefónica Gastro Park, 8924 Blvd. Aguacaliente, in Tijuana’s Colonia Zonaeste.

That location is a symbol of binational fermentation — it’s the Baja California brewing site of SouthNorte, San Diego’s Mexican-inspired brewery.

Dos Brewsters is taking 2019 scholarship applications at