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See Y’all in Austin: Get Ready for the 2019 Pink Boots Society Conference!
Women In Beer

By Caroline Wallace & Laura Christie

In 2017, Pink Boots Society held its inaugural conference in San Diego to celebrate 10 years of assisting, inspiring, and encouraging women beer industry professionals to advance their careers through education. We’re excited to continue to embody this mission next January with our second biannual conference in Austin, TX. As the conference organizers, our goal is to instill attendees with hard takeaways and valuable knowledge that can be applied from the brewhouse–to the taproom–to the marketplace, along with time for lots of networking, fun, and camaraderie.


Our Keynote Speaker for the conference will be Julia Herz, Craft Beer Program Director at the Brewers Association and publisher of Julia is also a homebrewer, a BJCP beer judge, a Certified Cicerone®, the co-author of the Beer & Food Course and the co-author of “Beer Pairing” (Voyageur Press). If you haven’t had a chance to see Julia command a room with her passion, energy, and expert knowledge at events like the Great American Beer Festival and the Craft Brewers Conference, we can assure you, you’re in for a real treat!


Additional panels and presentations at our 2019 conference will touch on: Beer Quality, Sensory, Raw Ingredients, Hot Side/Cold Side Processes, Diversity in the Beer Industry, Personal Goal Setting/Leadership, Advanced Social Media, Tasting Room Experience, Strengthening PBS Chapters, HR, and more! We’re working hard on finalizing the complete presentation and panel lineup and look forward to announcing it soon.


Outside of aiming to put on a topnotch conference, with more than 70 breweries in the Austin area, we can’t help but feel excited to share some fantastic beers and a welcoming, tight-knit local community with all of our fellow women beer industry professionals joining us from near and far. Our Austin Pink Boots Society chapter has been active since 2014, and monthly meetings have given us a chance to forge strong relationships, and support each other through collaboration and camaraderie. Serving as hosts and organizers for the Pink Boots Society’s next biannual conference is a real honor for our chapter, and one we’re jumping into with both feet!

We hope you’ll all consider joining us in Austin next January for jam-packed long weekend of education, networking, and great beer. You can learn more and register for the conference at A special Early Bird registration rate of $125 is available to PBS members through October 1st, so we definitely encourage you to sign up early to save!



Caroline Wallace is the Deputy Director of the Texas Craft Brewers Guild and Pink Boots Society Austin Chapter Co-leader. Laura Christie is the Owner and Founder of Hopsimath, a craft beer education company providing seminars and workshops for the beginner and the connoisseur. Together, they are excited to welcome Pink Boots Society members to Austin for the 2019 conference.

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