Meet Brewer Katarina Martinez. She owns and operates Lineup Brewing, out of Brooklyn.
“I’m from Colorado so an interest in beer kind of came organically. It started with acquiring a taste and quickly evolved into wanting to learn more about the different styles and processes. Eventually I reached a point where I thought, ‘hey, I can make this at home.’” –@katarina_martinez
“It’s always difficult being a woman in a male dominated industry. Will they accept me? Will they take me seriously? The industry and brewers themselves have been great at accepting me for the most part. Consumers are definitely the harder audience.
“Learn! Start homebrewing. Take classes. Know more than the men that won’t take you seriously. Give zero reasons for anyone to question your expertise. Women are resilient. We always work harder because we often have to.
It’s not glamorous! So many people hit me up with the dream of owning a brewery but have never even explored homebrewing. Fermentation is not for everyone. I’ve encountered some of the most horribly gross situations along the way.” -Katarina Martinez of Lineup Brewing
“I did an interview where they asked me, ‘As a woman what kind of beer are going to make for your audience?’ And I said I am going to make good beer that both men and women want to drink. They thought I was maybe going to make a pink beer or something. Why does that have to be the thing that gets thrown out there? I can’t escape the fact that I’m a woman and I am going to keep embracing it. If I can make really great beer and be an example of a woman in beer who does that, it will prove everyone wrong and extinguish all the beliefs that that isn’t possible.” -Katarina Martinez
Follow Lineup Brewing for updates on where you can find Katarina’s brews.