This certainly seems like a page from the 1800s. A New Zealand beer maker was banned from a home-brewing competition simply because she is a woman. Rachel Beer (yes, that is her real name) tried to enter the Lake Hayes A&P Show, but was told the beer competition was "blokes only." A representative said she could enter her "Beer's Beer" into the competition, but it would not be judged.
"Who cares if I have or haven't got balls?" she fumed. "At the end of the day a home brew is a home brew."
Another female brewer invited Beer to tour her facility and "leave the backwards competition behind." A Human Rights Commission representative said the competition might violate international law, but Beer said she was not interested in filing a complaint.
The Society of Beer Advocates said they were "embarrassed" by the show's behavior and said it did not represent the industry's opinion.