Big Boots Brew Day was born from Pink Boots Society members’ desire to take part in International Women’s Day to raise the profile of women in the beer industry and to raise the profile of beer to women. On Big Boots Brew Day, Pink Boots chapters, members, breweries, and supporters all get together, don their pink boots, and get brewing!

To maximize participation, the official date for Big Boots Brew Day will be March 8th, 2017 but if participants want to brew on the weekend before International Women’s Day, that’s cool too! We understand that breweries have production schedules, and homebrew clubs and bottle shops might not be able to host on a weekday. When March 8th is on a weekday, feel free to adjust your brew schedule accordingly – just do it the closest you can BEFORE March 8th!

Profits from Big Boots Brew Day and events and fundraisers using the Pink Boots names and logos will be donated to the Pink Boots Society to fund our scholarships and other educational initiatives.

  1. Find a group to brew with. Professional brewers (and other women in the beer biz) and homebrewers alike are welcome to participate. Plan an event or find other women in your area who are already participating.
  2. Plan the day. Decide what your variation of the beer will be.
  3. Register online (below)
  4. Build your event. Let others know when and where and how they can join you! If you’re registered, you can use the Pink Boots Society logo or the Big Boots/Little Boots Brew Day logos to get the word out.
  5. BREW! and then Tweet and share your experience of Big Boots Brew Day. We want to see your photos!
  6. Promote and share your Pink Boots honey / molasses / or historical / ancient ale. If you’re a brewery, you may choose to have a release event  or just promote it in your taproom or brewpub. We will have tap handle art and other materials available to help. Homebrewers and clubs can share their beer with others to raise awareness.
  7. Donate the proceeds to Pink Boots Society.
  8. Let’s do it again next year!


This year’s suggested style is…

Ancient/Historical Ale

Recipe #1:

Here’s the starting-point recipe (with thanks to Amy Newell-Large from Avery Brewing Co.):

KO Volume: 55 hl @ 16 degrees Plato
28 IBUs,  7.0% ABV
KO Volume 55 (hl)
Original Gravity 15.5 (°P)
Color 11.5 (SRM)
Bitterness 28 (IBUs)
Total Grain in Mash 910 (kg)
Total Extract 852.5
Grain Bill:


585 kg
Wheat Malt 150.0 kg
Gam. Dk. Munich (Munich 30?) 50.0 kg
Gambrinus Honey Malt 125.0 kg
Local Honey 250.0 kg
% by weight: 2 Row 50.4%; Wheat 12.9%; Gambrinus Dark Munich 4.3%; Gambrinus Honey Malt 10.8%; Local Honey 21.6%.
The honey will be added to the whirlpool. Mash temp should be 67 degrees Celsius for 40 minutes, then 72 degrees Celsius for 10 minutes.
Hops: 1 kg Bravo hops at 60 minutes; 20 kg Hersbrucker and 8 kg Bravo at 0 minutes. Dry hopped with about 2lbs/barrel of Ella.
Rochefort yeast to be used. It is B62 at BSI. This yeast behaves in a way that you’ll see it spike for about two days and then continue a steady but slow fermentation for about 3 weeks.
I strongly recommend that everyone use local honey and select their favorite hop for a dry hop. I think these variations would add a wonderful uniqueness for each group.  Additionally, while 20% honey may be quite and bit and be expensive for breweries, we (at Avery) are very happy to talk with folks through alternatives if they need help.

Recipe #2

The recipe is from Catherine Portner of Portner Brewhouse

Historic Recipe
Strong Ale derived from Washington DC’s First Brewer – Andrew Wales (Scottish Immigrant)

75% Golden Promise
10% Marris Otter
10% Virginia Special Pale (or other pale malt)
5% blackstrap molasses

Cluster @ 60 minutes
Goldings @ whirlpool
Goldings @ DH

English Ale Yeast

90 Minute boil
20 Plato
30 IBUs

Here are a few handy links:

Registration and inclusion in Big Boots Brew Day with the use of Pink Boots logos, recipe, and fundraising materials are open to those breweries, individuals, and establishments who have pledged to donate 2017 proceeds to Pink Boots Society. Registrants can download online files of the hi-res artwork for the promotion of Big Boots Brew, and may request to have any BBB event listed on our events calendar and newsletter.

By registering for and participating in Big Boots Brew, you acknowledge that your use of Pink Boots logo/name/platform for your Big Boots Brew event is with the express intended purpose of participating in Big Boots Brew, including Big Boots and Little Boots. You further acknowledge:

  • Your event will go on the event calendar & your location will be pinpointed in the global map for Big Boots /Little Boots Brew Day Events.
  • Your information, name, photos sent to us, your logo and/or brewery name may be included in newsletter links promoting your participation in Big Boots Brew Day.
  • Your brewery contact information may be shared with Pink Boots chapter leaders in your area.
  • You acknowledge that WE DO NOT PULL PERMITS in Pink Boots Society name. NO EXCEPTIONS.
  • You acknowledge that the original intent of Big Boots Brew is to foster a sense of community support, education outreach, collaboration, and charity on behalf of your community.
  • Each team must be lead by a woman and/or a majority of the participants on the team must be women.
  • Each team will brew their own variation of the collaboration recipe, adjusted for local ingredients and sale-ability needs. (ie: If a honey / molasses / or historical / ancient ale won’t sell, but an Imperial Raspberry honey / molasses / or historical / ancient ale or an India Brown Ale will, please adjust accordingly.)
  • Events, tap takeovers, mini-fests with BBB/LBB beers on tap, etc. may use the PBS or BBB logo and name. Promotion of the beer; on labels, tap handles, menus, table tents, and any other promotional material, including websites and social media.
  • Have fun and stay safe!
  • Where media space permits, please mention that the beer is a fundraiser for PBS. (We understand there’s only room for the PBS logo on a bottle cap, but a beer label should mention the fundraiser aspect.)
  • Please list our website on all promotional materials or online.
  • You acknowledge that use of the Pink Boots logo, platform, event title, names and intellectual property necessitates fulfillment of your donation pledge to PBS for the donations surrounding this event.
  • You acknowledge that donations to Pink Boots Society from Big Boots Brew events, releases, and earmarked proceeds are due to Pink Boots for tax recording purposes no later than June 30, 2017


Big Boots (donation pledge of no less than $50; suggested donations could be all proceeds from sale of Pink Boots honey / molasses / or historical / ancient ale, $1 – $2 a pint, tip jar takeovers, proceeds from an all collaboration tap takeover, etc. Larger events and breweries, please pledge accordingly).

Little Boots (flat registration fee of $25; additional donations from supporting events or “fill the boot” donations appreciated!).


Participants are encouraged to take photos of their Boots Brew Day event, and post those online to social media by using an assortment of tags including #BBB2017, #BigBootsBrew2017, #LBB2017 or #LittleBootsBrew2017

Fundraising proceeds garnered from Boots Brew Day and surrounding events for Pink Boots Society are left to the discretion of each brewery. Participants understand that the amount of the donation may vary based on ingredients donated, the size of operation, etc. You may choose to donate 100% of the proceeds or $1.00 / $2.00 per pint sold. Last year, breweries and participants donated anywhere from $50 to nearly $5000 each!

Pink Boots Society’s Big Boots Brew on International Womens Day is our largest annual funding event, and PBS relies on the money raised to fund PBS’s scholarship & operational budget for the year. As a 501(c)3 charity, we are required to account for all money raised under our name and logo. The IRS and state agencies are cracking down on charity fraud, and we must keep accurate records or risk losing our precious 501(c)3 designation. We appreciate your consideration of these guidelines!

Pay your donation here:

Snail Mail:
Pink Boots Society
5 N Hwy 101 #125
Warrenton, Oregon 97146

Or pay your donation online at (please note that it is for Big Boots Brew).

Here’s who’s participating so far:

Thank you for the support you are giving to Pink Boots Society! Help us share that fact with the world!