In ancient Europe, brewing was almost exclusively a woman’s role. The medieval times, however, brought about the frequency of brewing in monasteries to accommodate travelers, and as time passed, the number of female brewers dwindled, brewing in the home became rare, and commercial taverns became a predominantly male domain. Today, while women have since shed the label of “alewives,” they are continuing to infiltrate what has since become an XY-dominated scene by owning and running breweries. This year marks the 15th anniversary of the Pink Boots Society, a nonprofit with the mission to encourage the professional advancement of women within the international brewing industry. Pink Boots Society came about when Teri Fahrendorf her brewmaster position with Oregon-based Steelhead Brewery in 2007 and embarked on a gypsy brewing tour of the U.S. While visiting breweries around the country — donning a pair of pink work boots — she encountered many female brewers who were inspired by her nearly two decades making award-winning beer. Peaks & Pints presents a to-go flight of beer brewed by women in the name of the Pink Boots Society, a flight we call Peaks and Pints Pilot Program: Pink Boots Society On The Fly.
Peaks and Pints Pilot Program: Pink Boots Society On The Fly
6.4% ABV, 48 IBU
This lager was conceived and brewed by Pink Boots Society member and Counterbalance Brewing brewer Katherine, with assistance from Linnea, Gem, and Alex. It’s brewed with barley malt and flaked rice to create a light drinkable beer and then hopped with the special Pink Boots Blend of hops. A final dry-hop addition highlights the citrus, berry, and tropical fruit flavors of the blend. A portion of proceeds will go to the Pink Boots Society, whose mission is to assist, inspire, and encourage women in the fermented/alcoholic beverage profession through education.
6.6% ABV, 50 IBU
Brewed in support of Pink Boots Society, featuring the special Pink Boots Hop Blend, and reminiscent of a cold IPA, Wet Coast Brewing Pink Boots IPA is light bodied and refreshing with a sassy hop presence. Delicate on the nose, it finishes dry with just the right amount of lingering bitterness. “It’s a fantastic beer supporting the Pink Boots cause … to assist, inspire, and encourage women fermented/alcoholic beverage professionals through education,” says Wet Coast co-founder Aaron Johnson.
7.5% ABV, 65 IBU
This Dru Bru double IPA is crafted in support of the Pink Boots Society and the women who brew, sell, pour, and drink craft beer. Alpha Female double IPA is brewed exclusively with the Pink Boots Blend of Idaho Gem, Talus, Triumph, Loral, and experimental hop HBC 630. With a simple malt backbone, this beer is brewed to allow the hop aromas of berries, citrus, and sweet aromatics to shine.