PORTLAND, Ore. – TOUGHER, a women’s workwear company, and Rogue Ales & Spirits have released a limited-edition good cause beer, the Build TOUGHER Ale. TOUGHER Founder Stacey Gose worked with the brewers at Rogue to brew this special beer, and $1 of every pint sold will go to Girls Build, a Portland-based nonprofit that helps girls 8-14 explore a range of skills from woodworking and drum building to concrete and sheet metal work, as well as learn the basics of trades such as carpentry, plumbing, and electricity.
“We want to raise money for Girls Build as well as promote their incredible work and encourage more of the Portland community to get involved,” said Rogue President Brett Joyce.
Gose has been involved with farming and backyard do-it-yourself projects throughout her life and has seen the number of women in these industries slowly increase. However, these women are largely ignored as a consumer group, which inspired her to found TOUGHER.
“I started TOUGHER because the trades are still considered ‘men’s work’ even though more and more women are becoming involved in these jobs every day,” Gose explained. “If we can encourage young women and girls to be interested in these industries, which is exactly what Girls Build does, there’s no telling where their creativity and determination can take them.”
Build TOUGHER Ale is a red ale with a fruity-sweet aroma, notes of roasted malt and toffee, and a hopped citrus finish. The beer is available at all of Rogue’s pubs in Oregon through the month on March.
TOUGHER was founded to fill the marketplace gap in women’s workwear by proving high-quality, affordable workwear made for women, by women. Since its inception in 2015, TOUGHER has received awards throughout Oregon and the country, including the Oregon Athletic & Outdoor Pitch Competition and the Pipeline Angels Pitch Competition Pitch Award. TOUGHER’s Work Gloves, are offered in retail locations like Oregon’s Coastal Farm & Ranch and online through sites like Wylder Goods. This winter, TOUGHER successfully launched its first fully-funded Kickstarter campaign for its Groundbreaker Work Pants which will be released spring 2018. Its funding goal was met within six days of the 30-day campaign. As TOUGHER grows, it will continue to serve hardworking women in farms, factory, shops, and gardens all over the country.
About Rogue Ales & Spirits
Rogue Ales & Spirits is an agri-fermenter founded in Oregon in 1988 as one of America’s first microbreweries. Rogue has won more than 1,900 awards for taste, quality and packaging and is available in all 50 states as well as 54 countries. Since 2008, Rogue has remained committed to saving the terroir of Oregon hops, barley, rye, wheat, honey, jalapenos and pumpkins one acre at a time, by growing its own.