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Women are fighting their way into the distilled spirits industry

04/02/2014 11:07 AM

04/02/2014 11:26 AM

Distilled spirits has long been a male-dominated industry, but no more. Women are increasingly seeking opportunities in the business, and succeeding with a determination that has everything to do with professionalism and nothing to do with gender. Read The Star’s story.

In Kansas City, they include: Kris Hennessy and Mary Garcia of Dark Horse Distillery (

http://www.dhdistillery.com); Mary Rimann of Rimann Liquors ( http://www.rimannliquors.com/); Jenn Tosatto, bar manager of the Rieger Hotel Grill Exchange ( http://www.theriegerkc.com/); Jane Kurtz, who’s authored two cocktail books under the name J.K. O’Hanlon ( http://www.thirstyjane.com/); Kathy Pelz of Beverages Etc. ( http://www.beveragesetc.com/); a slate of female bartenders competing in Speed Rack ( http://www.speed-rack.com/kc/

), a women-only speed bartending competition this Sunday; and too many more to list here.

They’re diverse in their backgrounds and careers, but they share one thing: they’re all passionate about their work.

“Once get into it and you get bit, it just stays there for life,” Pelz says.

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