Barley’s Angels is a growing collection of individual chapters around the world that work with craft beer focused breweries, brewpubs, restaurants, alehouses and other public beer establishments to advance the female consumer craft beer enthusiast, resulting in increased patronage and revenue from women, while encouraging education and interest in beer among this often under-recognized demographic group.
Barley’s Angels is not just a social, beer-drinking club for women. Barley’s Angels respect beer and brewing, have a thirst for education, enjoy beer responsibly and act appropriately at all times.
The Chicago chapter of Barley’s Angels was founded in September of 2012 and we strive to meet every month.
About Shannan Bunting, Co-Organizer:
Shannan is a lifelong Chicagoan. As the founder of the food/beverage/green practice-focused public relations agency, Solstice Communications, mom of two and co-conspirator (organizer) of Barley’s Angels Chicago, Shannan has a lot of opportunity to experience the best that Chicago has to offer in food and beverage. A beer explorer, Shannan was visiting breweries and requesting tours long before that was a “thing” outside of the Old Milwaukee factory or seeing the Clydesdales at Budweiser’s St. Louis operation. She and her husband visited Rogue Brewing in Oregon when it was nothing more than a place with a few barstools and some delicious chili. Another early stop was Otto Brothers Brewing, now Grand Teton Brewing, where they first learned about growlers from the brewer that brought the pre-Prohibition vessel back to life. If time and dedication make you an expert—then Shannan is an expert.
She enjoys organizing events for Barley’s Angels Chicago and all the fantastic women and beer industry professionals she meets through its events—plus it allows her to keep exploring. A stout lover, Shannan’s local favorites include: Revolution Brewing’s Eugene Porter, Goose Island Beer Company’s Bourbon County Stout and Wild Onion Brewery’s Drago.
About Zoe Jacobs, Co-Organizer:
Zoe has been a craft beer enthusiast since she first set foot in a small bottle shop in Lincoln Park on her way home from a long day of work and class at DePaul University, not long after she turned 21. Her craft beer obsession grew when she volunteered to help with social media management for a new beer festival in her hometown in 2012. Not long after that she was running the accounts for all of the beer festival company’s 15 yearly events, plus doing press relations and volunteering at fests across Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin. This put her up close with the industry and she fell more and more in love with the atmosphere, excitement, camaraderie, and of course the beer! Zoe started attending Barley’s Angels events as a regular member in 2014 and became a co-organizer in the fall of 2018.
She loves helping Shannan plan and put together events, spreading the word via the newsletter, social media accounts, and of course this website, tapping her industry knowledge and digital skills. In the daylight, Zoe is a web content manager at a university and still has her side-hustle with BrewFest Partners. A suburban girl with roots in the city, her local favorites are: Solemn Oath, Metropolitan, Revolution, and Miskatonic among many others!
About Kylie Bunting, Honorary Long-Distance Co-Organizer:
Kylie moved to Chicago from a small town in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan – at the time, her beer of choice was Bud Light Lime and her food palate didn’t extend much beyond pizza and pasta. Kylie began working at Solstice Communications, a public relations agency with a focus on clients in the food and beverage industry, where her boss, Shannan, was much more well-versed in the food and beverage world. Shannan showed her the ropes of the Chicago food and beverage industry and, slowly but surely, Kylie’s palate for both food and beer began to grow. Kylie has become an avid craft beer drinker living by the motto: “The hoppier the better!” With more than five years under her belt in the Chicago craft beer scene, she has grown to love all things crafts, tries every beer put in front of her (even the most unusual ones!) and has gained a true passion for this industry. Her favorite Chicago breweries include (but are not limited to) Revolution, Half Acre and Begyle.
Kylie was the co-organizer of Barley’s Angels Chicago for many years, but has moved back home to Michigan. Once a Barley’s Angel, always a Barley’s Angel, she will be visiting and joining us as much as possible!