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Deliria Brew Day Experiential Scholarship Recipient Announced

Scholarship Recipients

The Pink Boots Society is proud to announce that Laura Davis of New Belgium Brewing in Colorado is the recipient of the BBL, Inc. USA Deliria Brew Day Experiential scholarship.

Laura was chosen by the PBS Scholarship Selection Committee (SSC), five very experienced women beer professionals who hold positions as brewers, educators and writers from a strong group of applicants. In her essay she was able to convey how this scholarship would contribute to her career as well as how she plans to share what she learns with the members of her Fort Collins Chapter – a presentation will combine both the technical side of the experience and the environment in which it occurs.

As a Systems & Automations Engineer at New Belgium, Laura designs, implements, maintains and optimizes automation solutions to improve quality, foster environmental stewardship, improve reliability or add capability across the brewery. It is a role that she loves, “from the nitty gritty of process engineering to the finished product.” Her technical education grows daily however she says, “I end up on project work most of the time and I become an expert in little, discreet corners of the process. I’d like to ‘zoom out’ and see the whole process in a more traditional and established facility.”

In regards to the beer she will be part of brewing, Laura conveyed her eagerness to learn more about the diverse and dynamic category of Belgian beers. “I was once told that Belgian beer has 3 ingredients: water, grain, and whatever else you want. I’d like to experience the type of culture that encourages the wild, unconstrained creativity while fostering quality and devotion to craft.” 

The BBL, Inc. USA Deliria Brew Day Experiential Scholarship is an onsite experience January 17 – 19, 2020 in Ghent, Belgium and is designed for any beer professional with a passion for Belgian style beers and brewing processes. There women in the beer industry from around the globe will come together to brew a beer for International Women’s Day (March 8th). Local travel, hotel accommodations, beer and meals are provided by Delirium and a stipend is included to cover travel to Belgium.

In addition to attending the course, Laura will each receive a pair of pink steel-toe rubber boots when she fulfills the Pay It Forward requirement associated with the scholarship.

Kris McDowell

Crafting A Strategy Scholarship Recipients Announced

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The Pink Boots Society is excited to announce and introduce the two ladies that have been selected to receive a scholarship for a one-year membership to Crafting A Strategy. Each was chosen by a selection committee of experienced women beer professionals who hold positions as brewers, educators and writers.

Kristine Bobrosky is currently the Tasting Room Supervisor at Bravery Brewing in Lancaster, CA, the owners of which she met while working as a wine steward at The Grand Hotel in Michigan. Prior to working in the beer and wine industry she went to school for business management and in the future would like to combine her experience in both to work on the administrative and business development side of the brewery.

This course, she says, “will help me understand in greater depth the business strategy behind the beer industry; something that I will able to relate to my small business management studies. With this knowledge I will be able to make sense of various strategies of business improvement in our industry.” Beyond benefiting her own career, Kristine is looking forward to sharing what she learns with her Pink Boots Society chapter and perhaps beyond. “I feel my LA Chapter needs someone to share business insight with them that they can implement in their workplaces. I am not afraid of being a teacher. I also have this dream in assisting in the development of brewery education program at our local colleges.” 

Patricia Low is the co-founder/owner of BarmHaus Brewing Co. in Garden Valley, CA. It is a project that she dove into in 2016 with minimal previous homebrewing or professional beer industry skills, instead trusting her business partner’s words and his amazing beer. She says, “We are maintaining in spite of the fact that our team has no previous professional experience to draw from. On the plus side, all the interactions I have had with other industry members the last few years has proven to be insightful and helpful to our brewery.” 

Those interactions include connecting with a neighboring brewery, facilitated by connections she has made as a Pink Boots Society member, to brew a Pink Boots collaboration beer. The beer has been well received by her customers and Patricia is extremely proud of being involved in the entire process of its creation. “Just recently I had a customer buy a case of our Pink Boots collaboration beer. He told me that the beer was unique, worth the cost and it was extra special because it was a part of the Pink Boots organization.”

Crafting A Strategy (CAS) is a global online learning platform that will be available to the scholarship recipients for one year. Used in universities and breweries all over the world, CAS has over 150 digital content pieces specific to the business needs of brewing entrepreneurs. These include podcasts, webinars, case studies, white papers, instructional videos, blogs, and a professional forum. Scholarship recipients will also receive a weekly CAS newsletter with industry analysis, advice, and links to new content and forums.

In addition to attending the course, each of the ladies will each receive a pair of pink steel-toe rubber boots when she fulfills the Pay It Forward requirement associated with the scholarship.

Cat Wiest

Time To Plan Your Brew Day!

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The 2020 Pink Boots Blend has been determined, and is ready to order! That means it’s time to start planning your 2020 Pink Boots Collaboration Brew Day!

The eve of Pink Boots Collaboration Brew Day at Pelican Brewing Company – Pacific City, OR

Don’t worry, you don’t need to have all the details sorted out just yet! But in order to make sure you get your Pink Boots Blend hops for brew day, it’s time to start thinking about the basics. The deadline to pre-order the Pink Boots Blend is December 15! From the sales of this blend, Yakima Chief will generously donate $3 per pound to Pink Boots Society. This is a huge fundraiser and enables us to expand the offerings of our scholarship program, as well as drive our mission: to assist, inspire, and encourage female beer industry professionals through education.


First things first, if you work in a brewery talk to your head brewer or production manager about getting a Pink Boots Collaboration Brew on the schedule for 2020. The brew day is based around March 8th – International Women’s Day, but you are not bound to this date! Here is the link to our Collaboration Brew Day registration form, and some frequently asked questions. If you are not a brewery employee, get in touch with your local Pink Boots chapter or fellow members and begin conversations about which breweries are hosting collaborations. Solicit your local watering holes to carry Pink Boots Brews, and ask breweries to get involved! Maybe you have a favorite brewery that does not have any Pink Boots members on staff – this is a great opportunity to get them involved! Any commercial brewery can order the Pink Boots Blend, and any brewery can create a Pink Boots Collaboration Brew! Personally, I have a dream that one day the month of April will be ubiquitous with Pink Boots Brews – every taproom and beer bar will proudly serve Pink Boots Collaboration beers and consumers will look forward to enjoying the many ways in which different teams of folks created unique ales and lagers with a common thread!

Now that the conversation has begun, the next step is to order your hops. The deadline to pre-order is December 15 – and that is a firm deadline! The blend will be comprised of the following: 2 parts Loral, 2 parts Idaho Gem, 1 part Azacca, and 1 part El Dorado. Fun fact about Idaho Gem: it’s so new, that this is the first year Yakima Chief Hops is even offering it! So what can we expect from this amalgamation of hops? Tropical fruit, mango, pineapple, cherry, and candied fruit with a touch of citrus, white pepper and pine.

Grace Weitz gave a great recap of the blend’s creation for Hop Culture Magazine, and you can keep an eye on our blog for another first account from the women who assembled the victorious blend.

But I’m not ready to plan my brew day!  No problem! The first step is securing the green light for production, and ordering those hops! You may sense a theme here… order those hops!

How much of the hop blend do I need?  That depends on the brew you want to create, and the size of your brew house. Check in with your head brewer or production manager. We suggest ordering on the higher end of what you think you’ll need to guarantee you have enough.

What is the alpha acid of the hop blend?  We will not know the exact AA% of the blend until after it has been pelletized. It’s possible to get a decent ballpark by patching together the alpha acid content of the hops that make up the blend, but remember, this was put together to be an aroma hop – think whirlpool and dry hop additions. A rough ballpark for this blend is about 13% AA and 2% oil – punchy!

I’m not a brewer, how can I get involved? Are you connected to your local chapter? All Pink Boots members have access to our membership directory. It’s likely there is a chapter or at least other members in your area that you can get involved with. If that’s not the case, hit up breweries in your area to buy the blend and host a brew day! Or buy the blend, and make a donation from a brew that uses it, or just buy the blend! The spirit of collaboration gets people involved in all aspects of the industry, and that’s what this is all about.

Last year the deadline was extended, so I think I’ll wait a little longer on planning.  We strongly encourage you to start planning now! Yes, in years past the deadline has been pushed back, but that is no longer an option moving forward. December 15th is a very firm deadline, and will dictate how much of the blend is created. Once the blend is pelletized, that’s all we get, and Yakima Chief needs to know how much to make, so please order by December 15!

Check out this incredible set of  Pink Boots Collaboration Brew Day guidelines! And remember, if you have any additional questions or concerns on how to plan a successful brew day, we are here to assist and support you!


Cat Wiest is on the Research/Development team at Pelican Brewing Company on the Oregon Coast. She serves on the Pink Boots Society Board of Directors, and she loves Collaboration Brew Day! She’s a beach bum, a cat lady, and enjoys nachos and exotic cocktails.








Kris McDowell

Beer Marketing & Tourism Conference Scholarship Recipients Announced

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The Pink Boots Society is excited to announce and introduce the three ladies that have been selected to receive a scholarship to attend The Beer Marketing & Tourism Conference (BMTC). Each was chosen by a selection committee of experienced women beer professionals who hold positions as brewers, educators and writers.

Jordan Griffin, the Boston Chapter scholarship recipient, is the Marketing Manager for Ipswich Ale Brewery on Boston’s North Shore. She has faced challenges in bringing things up-to-date at the nearly 30 year old brewery, one of which has to do with their image. “Our North Shore fan base is a dedicated one, but they’re not the target audience in which to grow the brand. In my opinion, there’s no reason we shouldn’t be on par with other similar-sized and aged breweries in the state – but we’re not. We’re desperately missing the cool kid factor.”  

Drawing on her background of events and project management experience has benefited Jordan but she knows there is more to learn. “I know it’s going to take a lot to change people’s perception of an old, uncool brewery located 30 miles north of Boston. We DO make excellent beer. We have a gorgeous brewpub with great food that’s a short drive away from one of the best beaches north of Boston. We’re less than a 5-minute walk from the MBTA Commuter Rail station. How do we draw people here, and how do we get them to reconsider us as one of Massachusetts’ legacy brands on the shelf and on tap in Boston?” Those are questions she looks forward to finding answers to at the conference.

Karen Killough is co-owner of Vista Brewing in Driftwood, TX with her husband. The brewery situated on 21 acres that include a tasting room, restaurant, apiary, farm and event spaces. Just 30 minutes outside of Austin, she says, “Our brewery is truly a tourist destination and although we see huge traffic on the weekends, one of my goals for 2020 is to create a strategy to fill our tasting room Monday through Friday with tourists, to get them to think of us like a winery” 

Prior to starting Vista, Karen worked in marketing and account management roles in other industries and as such still feels like a newcomer to the beer and hospitality worlds. Of the Pink Boots Society she says, “I am so grateful that there exists an organization whose purpose is to support, educate and connect women in a male-dominated industry.” She has embraced the benefits of being a member of the Pink Boots Society, hosting chapter meetings and Collaboration Brew days for the past two years.

Erin Wallace is an experienced business owner in Philadelphia who has seen first hand the rapid growth of breweries in her area and changes in state legislation that have allowed establishments to expand their offerings. While on the surface that sounds good, she says, “Once they need only have a quality product along with a knowledgeable and friendly staff. But now a days that is not enough. They need to have great branding, fun merchandise, interesting and engaging events. I feel that they also need to think outside of the box, or in this case, outside of the local region for new customers.”

As the current owner of Devil’s Den, a 90 seat craft beer bar/restaurant, and Old Eagle Tavern, a 75 seat neighborhood craft beer bar, Erin wears many hats. “First, I am a craft beer bar owner, known for hosting creative events and working with craft breweries worldwide, highlighting their product. I have worked with many nonprofit organizations, museums and historical sites to host pop up beer gardens featuring local breweries. Additionally, I am a very active member of the local Philadelphia chapter of the Pink Boots Society.” Even with her extensive experience Erin is looking forward to the additional knowledge she will gain at the conference and bring back to benefit both her businesses and the organizations she is involved with.

The Beer Marketing & Tourism Conference (BMTC) is an onsite course taking place February 4-6, 2020 in St. Pete/Clearwater, FL. The conference will provide hard information about the important and growing functions of beer marketing and beer tourism that attendees can bring home to grow and improve local offering. It will also provide a forum for meeting fellow leaders in the beer marketing and tourism industry. Subjects covered include marketing, sales, driving consumers to specific regions or businesses (tourism), tap room management, events, beer tour operators and much more.

In addition to attending the course, each of the ladies will each receive a pair of pink steel-toe rubber boots when they fulfill the Pay It Forward requirement associated with the scholarship.