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Working with Crafted For All

Diversity & Inclusion
Dr. J (J. Nikol Jackson-Beckham)

Dr. J is an equity and inclusion strategist who provides consulting and training to individuals and organizations in the craft beverage industries.

Pink Boots Society works to Assist, Inspire, and Encourage Women in the Fermented Alcohol Beverage industry to advance their careers through Education. We strive to welcome and include ALL women into our membership and serve them in an equitable way. Pink Boots Society was inspired to partner with Crafted for All when we realized that we needed to know more about the intersectional identities of our members in order to meet their needs. Crafted for All’s Educational focus, combined with a responsive structure that utilizes data matches the needs and values of Pink Boots Society.

Working with Crafted for All means Pink Boots Society is creating and sustaining a more Inclusive and Equitable organization for all women. We are beginning with a survey which will lead into the process of discovering how we can build a stronger sense of belonging and support for our 2400+ current and potential members. We’ve had to ask ourselves some challenging questions and be open to continual adaptation and change.

Pink Boots Society believes that working with Crafted for All will challenge us to become more responsive to the diverse needs of our membership. We will do this by identifying gaps in accessibility and equity in our programs, and we will create solutions to support those who have been underserved. Pink Boots Society understands that there is no singular outcome of this process, and that we are committed to ongoing action. This work never ends, but we know it facilitates the positive transformation, and resilience of our industry.


Meet Your New Pink Boots Society Board Members


The results are in! Your new board members have been elected for the 2021 calendar year. We’d like to introduce Francis Antonio-Martineau, Danii Oliver, and Blanca Quintero, who will be joining our board next year. We’d also like to welcome Ellen Sherrill as our 2021 Vice President and Carli Smith as our Vice Treasurer. Congratulations to all of these wonderful women and brewing advocates! We invite you to take a moment to read about our three new incoming board members below. You’ll be getting to know them more over the coming year.

Meet Francis Antonio-Martineau Founder, FemAle Brew Fest

Francis Antonio-Martineau has been a Pink Boots member for 3 years, since the inception of the Florida Chapter in 2017. She’s currently the Chapter Leader for PBS Florida. In her new capacity as a Pink Boots Society Board member, she brings experience building and developing a number of programs, initiatives, and events focused on empowering women, as well as experience in coordinating nationally recognized events and years of experience in project management.

Francis was recently featured in the O, The Oprah Magazine, April 2020 Issue as one of eight trailblazers who are creating game-changing opportunities for all women. FemAle was also awarded as one of the recipients for the Brewers Association’s 2020 Diversity and Inclusion Grant. Francis runs the FemAle Brew Fest, which has been recognized for being one of the country’s pioneering craft beer festivals featuring women in beer and for highlighting women in brewing. In addition to producing the FemAle Brew Fest, Francis also founded and launched the Greater Fort Lauderdale (GFL) Beer Week in 2019 to expand support for the Florida craft beer scene and highlight the breweries in the area.

Francis also serves as the Fort Lauderdale Chapter Leader for Girls Pint Out (GPO), working towards building a community of women that enjoy craft beer. When women tell her that they just aren’t into beer, her response is “you just haven’t found the right one”. Involvement with GPO is a way for Francis to help educate women interested in craft beer and to create a safe space for them to be able to try and learn about different beers.

Meet Danii Oliver Owner & Founder, Island to Island Brewery

Danii Oliver currently serves the marketing outreach and public relations needs of the North Texas Pink Boots Chapter. She joined her chapter 6 months ago as a result of its representation of a culturally diverse membership of professional, independent women who hold a range of job roles in the brewing industry, from ownership, production, and lab QA to corporate, distribution, raw materials, logistics, retail, writing, entertainment, art, and hospitality.

Danii brings her focus in marketing, brand management, brand awareness, and social media content creation to her new position, along with knowledge of brewery ownership. She wants women across the globe to know that she is here for them to live and breathe the mission of Pink Boots Society and always provide responsive support to their needs. Danii believes that our organization will benefit from the dedication of those who live by example in the pursuit of our mission.

You can learn more about Danii and what she stands for in her recent Pink Boots blog post.

Meet Blanca Quintero Assistant General Manager, Highland Park Brewery

Blanca Quintero has been a Pink Boots member for 7 years and currently serves as Chapter Leader for Los Angeles – the chapter she restarted in 2018 and have been working ardently to grow through fundraisers and crossover events. She also leads her Chapter Committee, which aids in building resources for chapter leaders, and is joining the new Pink Boots Society Diversity & Inclusion Committee.

In her new role on the board, Blanca hopes to bring guidance and strategy to help our society focus on the diversity within our organization, bring a variety of voices to light, and work towards inclusion. She brings her past experience as a chapter leader in aims to create effective initiatives that keep Pink Boots Society at the forefront of our industry as both a resource and a safe space – especially during a challenging year such as this one.

As a first-generation Mexican American woman, Blanca understands that working in a white, male-dominated industry is challenging, even when you’re driven by passion for the industry. She hopes to inspire people to remain optimistic about following their passion, pursue something greater than themselves, and give back to the community that helped foster that growth.

Cat Wiest

Creating the 2021 Pink Boots Blend

Women In Beer
What is the 2021 Selection Process?
Usually the hop rub takes place during a Pink Boots Society meeting at GABF. But not this year. We still wanted to include member feedback and input for the hop blend creation even though we could not physically be together for the hop rub event. Looking on the bright side, not everyone can fly to Denver for GABF and participate in the hop rub. This year all members may follow along with the process and participate in the discussion via YouTube live stream on October 7 @ 4:00pm PST!
Here’s s quick overview of the process:
10 hops were chosen based on a survey asking our members what traits and varieties were of most interest. Those 10 hops were Ahtanum®, Azacca®, Cashmere, Citra®, Crystal, Ekuanot®, Idaho 7®, Loral®, Mosaic®, and Sabro®.
There are 15 voting teams. 10 Chapters were identified based on their participating and fundraising efforts for 2020 Collaboration Brew day. Austin, Australia, Boston, Connecticut, Florida, Marin, Philadelphia, San Diego, Seattle and Toronto. 5 lucky lottery winners won a casting vote: Rachael Engel, Savannah Hayes Orr, Caitlin Lawler, Ashley Kinart-Short, Kimberly Elson. Each team is allowed one vote even though one team may have several participants.

Two identical sets of hops were shipped to our 15 voting teams. They worked either in a group or individually and created their own ideal blend selections using the first set. They were to experience and evaluate each hop while keeping notes of their favorites and which complement each other. Their team then narrowed down and submitted one recommended hop blend recipe to Yakima Chief Hops by providing a percentage breakdown of 4-6 different varieties which they believe will yield a consistent and delicious final product!

Yakima Chief Hops’ sensory team collected the feedback and recorded the 15 recipes. YCH honed in on the most desired varieties and blends when evaluating each voting team’s feedback and ideal blend. They considered a wide variety of components to create the top 3 blends, including the most popular varieties, combinations and percentages. This created the most efficient process, and ensures a truly collaborative blend that considered all components of a recipe.

The teams then used their second set of hops to (re)create Blend A, Blend B and Blend C to cast their final vote. Are you excited yet?!!!

On October 7 at 4:00pm PST, we will go live as the 15 teams and Yakima Chief Hops dive into the blend recipe creation and listen as our voting teams share their feedback about their selections. Please join us!

Sue Rigler is the Pink Boots Society Collaboration Brew Day Coordinator and the Arizona Chapter Co-Leader


Membership Spotlight – Danii Oliver

Diversity & Inclusion, Women In Beer

Welcome back to Membership Spotlight!

Would you like to nominate a Pink Boots member who has inspired you? A member you think embodies the mission of Pink Boots Society and deserves a shout out? Send nominations to socialmedia@pinkbootssociety.org!

This month we are highlighting Danii Oliver, founder of Beersgiving and Island to Island brewery.

What is your role in the industry?
Brewery owner and brewer. I founded Island to Island brewery brands from the traditions of home brewing practices I witnessed from my aunts and grandmothers, and the stories my parents have shared with me about how my great-grandmothers would brew at home then go sell their inventory to the working men on various islands or down on the savannah during carnival time. I am also a digital marketing communications professional, now dedicating my expertise to the marketing of beverage brands along the veins of diversity and S.T.E.M. education.

Beersgiving is a professional project I started in response to the glass walls and ceilings that have led to the lack of diversity, sharing of information, and education in the craft beer industry. At a time when I was labeled as one of the few I set out on a mission to change the outlook of craft beer within one year’s time, helping to open doors to Indigenous communities, immigrant communities, and families of all kinds—civilian, military and LGBTQ—who have believed until now they were not welcome in craft beer spaces, jobs, or ownership. It was my goal to see the end of diversity panels by 2021, no longer be seen as or called the “CLEANING LADY,” and open opportunities to women and underrepresented community members by pairing people with industry leaders. The outcome being to open the flood gates of information folks need to know to truly feel welcomed and participate in craft beer anywhere along the supply chain from raw materials to consumer consumption.

How long have you been a Pink Boots Member?
Admittedly 4 months. I hadn’t felt welcomed in the society until I got to Texas. The diversity of the women here was widespread through craft beer, from sales reps to marketers to tasters to cellar women to educated taproom staff and ultimately owners. The women here in North Texas were relentless about making me feel welcome. They invited me to meetings over and over until I finally showed up. I expressed my concerns about BIPOC women like myself not being represented in Pink Boots Society. Brittany and Samantha, our leaders, assured me of their heartfelt desire to allow me to carve out more space for more inclusion and not have me fill a token space.

I couldn’t join for a while because I was not earning an income from beer. Being an owner does not produce the liquid cash or paycheck people think it does. However when I earned my first $20 of 2020 from a BEERSGIVING event, I made the investment and joined. The chapter quickly gave me a voice, a title, and saw me for what I offered and not my skin. I now share my marketing profession as a full-time volunteer of the NTX Chapter. We support the women-owned member establishments; we market our collaboration beers; we promote by being present at all events to share information, educate, and recruit more women who are earning a living from the STEM industry of craft beer.

What, in your opinion, are the greatest benefits of the Pink Boots Society?
It’s hard to say at a time like 2020 when meetings are over digital recording platforms and there are no events we can attend. For the few months I have been a member, the benefits I have gotten come from camaraderie, being taken seriously by my chapter members, and the five (5) collaboration brews we did in February & March. Brewing on 5, 7, 15, & 30 barrel systems has quadrupled my expertise and allowed me to participate in teaching women aspects of brewing, cellaring, marketing, and tap line setup. My chapter has supported the BEERSGIVING movement to teach S.T.E.M. to kids, teach craft beer sensory and brewing to women, and bring about equity.

I love the moments in this year that I have been able, as a PINK BOOTS CHAPTER MEMBER, to visit member establishments in a supporting role. When our member businesses were struggling during COVID shutdowns, they allowed me to come by and help. I have reached out to members in California, Florida, Alaska, and Virginia and have been able to achieve relationship building across chapters for events support, collaboration support, and information sharing.

Recently the underrepresentation of diverse women in the society has been acknowledged and is presently being addressed. I hope the new mission of Pink Boots to include stories of underrepresented members and be more inclusive is followed through with. I for one plan to be a part of the solution by contributing more and keeping an open mind to overcome the past. The NTX Chapter happens to be the most diverse group of women in love with their industry and open to all women in the spirit of education and assistance that I have met to date. Fellowship with these women has been of tremendous value to me.

What is your favorite thing about working in the beer industry?
Manifestation. In craft beer I can make anything I dream up come to life. I can manifest my ancestors’ wildest dreams, re-live their footsteps, and embrace my heritage of entrepreneurship rooted in creativity and the production of farm-to-jug fermented garden and orchard produce. No other industry I have been a part of allows me to directly and literally feed my family, teach my kids Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, Communications, and Artful Expression while gaining real-world experience and producing a product that touches people near and far.

I love the beer industry because aside from the European and monk narratives, females of all earth peoples made and make beer—defined as fermented non-distilled alcoholic beverages from produce other than grapes, apples, or pears. My elders made beer. And in the true spirit of beer in America I can defy and push the boundaries of what beer is, as defined by my heritage and availability of fresh produce. The Arawak tradition of brewing beer was to make the men happy. In doing so, they would sit down allowing us, the women, to make them pretty. You see it today all over my culture. We love to dress colorfully, style our hair, dance, sing, and lime after work.

That tradition was hidden from plain sight during colonialism and during migrations to North America. Recipes became family secrets as we were forced to give up our hair, our accent, and our expression of personal style in order to fit in with “Yankees” to avoid ending up in jail.

Beer at times does ask me to accept sexualization and desexualization, but beer doesn’t ask me to straighten my hair or wear a suit and high heels. Beer does not tell me to sit down and do as I am told or take a back seat like corporate America. Beer is about the effort I put forward, early mornings, long days, happy hours, and meeting amazing people to, as a community, bridge communities and build friendships that lead to families then sit back and watch the time of our lives happen.

Beer is a medium that brings people together. Always has and always will. And when it does not, trust there will be someone rebelling to open a doorway. The Germans did it when the U.S. government and lobbyists tried to limit what beer is or is made from. Today people of color and women are doing the same thing when it comes to who can be included in craft beer and intellectual industries at large. I am working to define what beer is from a pre-colonial & non-European perspective and there is no one to tell me I can’t, which is why I love craft beer.

What are your proudest Pink Boots / beer industry moments?
Brewing my first 15 BBL Kettle Sour IPA with my 4-year-old daughter being encouraged, taught, and assisted through the process by the 40 women in attendance at Fifth Hammer Brewery. Then Brewing a 30 BBL batch of the TDH DIPA “She’s Intense” collaboration beer at Hop and Sting Brewing Co. while teaching grown women and young girls the process only to then sell out in 2 weeks during the original quarantine shutdowns.

Is there anything you would like to tell us about the work you do, or your involvements with Pink Boots?
I want women across the globe to know I am here for them. That I live and breathe the mission of Pink Boots. I am here for them and they will never get the brush off or “no time” responses I have gotten in the past. I am a member this year because I believe the organization can do better. Complaining about it won’t make the problems go away so I am here to live by example.

What are you drinking right now (or later)?
An American light lager that I brewed and cellared this summer. I grew up on light lager styles. I love their clean fizzy refreshing qualities and how receptive they are to additional flavors. My beer currently has lime juice and a splash of apple cider vinegar with hot sauce.

A fun fact or bit of trivia about you!
I see beers and mixed beverages as “Liquid Paintings!” People can experience being emotionally and consciously impacted by sipping these creations the same as with any other art form.