Maggie Skinner has done plenty for the craft beer scene in Milwaukee. She got her start in the brewing industry working for Brenner Brewing in 2016, and spent time in sales and marketing roles at places like The Fermentorium before her current job as a local sales rep for Chicago’s Revolution Brewing.
But before all of that, she jumped enthusiastically into craft beer as a founder of the Milwaukee chapter of Girls Pint Out. She began the chapter in 2015, as Milwaukee was on the cusp of a craft brewery boom. That stint comes to end this Friday at an event at the Lincoln Warehouse. Skinner is stepping down as the chapter leader, and also calling it quits as the president of the entire Girls Pint Out organization. The future of the local chapter is unclear at this time.
“(In 2015) I was pretty new to Milwaukee and had just left an abusive relationship, the type where you weren’t allowed friends,” said Skinner. “In order to find friends, I searched for groups and meetups online. I read an article on a random beer-related Facebook page about Girls Pint Out and ended up reaching out to the president. She emailed me back and said there wasn’t an active Milwaukee chapter but I could start one. I thought about it for a month or so and ended up founding the Milwaukee chapter.”
Girls Pint Out is a national craft beer organization for women that has more than 100 chapters in the U.S. The group’s mission is to build a community of women who love craft beer and who are an active, contributing part of the greater craft beer community. The first Girls Pint Out Milwaukee gathering was at Best Place in March 2015, and roughly 15 women made it to the inaugural event.
“My experience running the chapter has been great,” explained Skinner. “Girls Pint Out has done a lot for me personally and professionally. I’ve advanced in my career, spoke on a panel at the (2019) Craft Brewers Conference on behalf of Girls Pint Out, and met the most wonderful people.”
Skinner is wrapping up her time at Girls Pint Out with a brewery crawl in the Lincoln Warehouse (2018 S. First St.) from 6 to 10 p.m. The event is co-ed and includes stops at Torzala Brewing Co., Component Brewing Co. and New Barons Brewing Co-op.
“Though I am grateful beyond measure and the last event will be bittersweet, I’m looking to reclaim my time,” added Skinner. “I’ve worked really hard over the last several years with little to no time for myself, my son, family and friends. The pandemic put a lot of things into perspective for me, and I’m just looking to enjoy life in a different way.”