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Oct
20
SciSoc
Meet Your New Pink Boots Society Board Members
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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.

Dec
8
Cat Wiest
Outgoing Board Members 2019
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Pink Boots Society Exists Thanks To Its Dedicated Volunteers!

 

Do you know the saying that it takes a village to raise a child? Well, it holds true for Pink Boots Society, it has taken a village of badass amazing dedicated women to have gotten her where she is today. Several of those women will be ending their time with us in 2019 and not only do I personally owe them a debt of gratitude, but I wanted to highlight them here. We asked them some questions so you could get to know them a little bit and see what they thought about their time with PBS as a volunteer. These women are the reason that the organization has been able to continue to grow, thrive, and sustain the amazing membership. Thank you ladies, for all the time you have given!

 

Mary Brettman

Let’s start with Mary Brettmann, who I would say saved our financial asses! 

How long have you been on the Board for Pink Boots Society? I was on the board for 2.5 years.

What was your role? I was the treasurer.

What has been your most memorable moment being on the board? Getting the chapter finance policy over the finish line is a highlight for me.  Seeing the board, individual members and management come together to make this policy happen was very powerful.

How has Pink Boots Society impacted your Life? I know that an empowered woman can accomplish anything 

What would you like to see from Pink Boots Society in the future? I would like PBS to be more open to sharing with other women in the beverage industry.  Everyone else is flexible, why not PBS?

What will you do with all you spare time? My clients are very happy now that I am focusing on them exclusively.

What will you miss about being on the board for Pink Boots Society? I will miss all the wonderful female energy.  We are part of an important cause and getting into the trenches with you was very fulfilling

Where do you see yourself in the next five years? I will continue to help any brewery who wants to be a better business person.  I am passionate about making sure that the artist is compensated for her contributions to the brewery.

 

Rochelle Francois

Then, there’s Rochelle Francois, who was voted on to the board in a role she had no idea how to handle, but did it with patience and grace. 

How long have you been on the Board for Pink Boots Society? 2 years

What was your role? Board Member – Brand and Marketing 

What has been your most memorable moment being on the board? 2019 Conference in Austin. Being around that many incredible women in the industry and seeing how much Pink Boots has grown. It was a really inspiring moment to know how many women the Pink Boots Society reaches. 

How has Pink Boots Society impacted your Life? It has greatly increased my confidence in the industry. To have a community of women to share ideas and really be there to help with any situation. It has also opened my eyes to how many great educational programs there are if I ever want to continue my education. 

What would you like to see from Pink Boots Society in the future? Pink Boots Society has grown so much in the past 2 years. I’m so excited to see everything in the works come to life. Its going to really develop into this powerhouse of a resource for women in the industry. I want it to keep evolving and assisting women. 

What will you do with all you spare time? Haha, I have a 5-month-old son. I don’t think I will ever have spare time again. 

Who has been your biggest role model/influencer? My mother, she molded me into the woman I am today. The most caring, hardworking, no-nonsense woman I know. I hope to be just like her. 

What will you miss about being on the board for Pink Boots Society? I will miss the board calls and retreat. I truly enjoyed the time we all spent together. Afterward, I always felt like we could take on anything. The other board members are some of the smartest women I know. I’m so happy to still be a part of this community of women. Everyone on the board inspired me so much. 

Do you have any advice for women in brewing industry? Own who you are and don’t apologize for it. That has really helped me in my career. I’m very open with my strengths and weaknesses. Never stop pursuing what you want. 

What is your proudest moment? Being a part of a board that took the Pink Boots Society to the next level. 

Where do you see yourself in the next five years? Continuing to challenge myself and learn all about this wonderful product called beer. 

 

Tanya Corriveau

Tanya Corriveau, she has always been our “go-to”. If you wanted something done, she would do it. She just made things happen. Without her, numerous National Meetings would not have taken place, and the10th Anniversary would not have been as smooth as it was. She’s the ninja behind the scenes that doesn’t like the spotlight, but gets shit done.

How long have you been on the Board for Pink Boots Society? 6 months ?! lol no idea how long I lasted…I guess longer if you count the two years assisting Candace lol

What was your role? Managing the Website and Membership system

What has been your most memorable moment being on the board? Putting on the 10th Anniversary Conference and Beer Festival

How has Pink Boots Society impacted your Life? It made me see how many roles women play in the beer industry and how this non profit can impact so many of those women’s lives

What would you like to see from Pink Boots Society in the future?  More online resources for it’s members

What will you do with all you spare time? Volunteer with ARWOB animal rescue and travel more

Who has been your biggest role model/influencer? My mother, who carelessly gives her time and love to those around her

What will you miss about being on the board for Pink Boots Society? People needing me for something

Do you have any advice for women in brewing industry? Apply for those scholarships, participate in your local chapters, be inventive and think outside the box, your PBS members got your back!

What is your proudest moment?  Putting on the 10th Anniversary Conference and Beer Festival

Where do you see yourself in the next five years? Old

 

Nichole Sykes

Last from the Board of Directors is Nichole Sykes. Nichole has grown tremendously with Pink Boots. She came on to help our every growing Chapter get organized, brining on processes, procedures, structure, communication, and consistency. 

How long have you been on the Board for Pink Boots Society? 2 years 

What was your role? Chapter Liaison 

What has been your most memorable moment being on the board? Putting on the 10th-anniversary conference and festival for sure!

How has Pink Boots Society impacted your Life? I never saw myself as a leader, and getting asked to join the board put me in a position I never saw for myself. I am so grateful for the opportunity to learn a lot of new things about myself in the role. I loved getting to put my voice to work for our nearly 3000 members, a job that I never took lightly.

What would you like to see from Pink Boots Society in the future? I want PBS to become a grant foundation!  I also hope that PBS can become the premier resource for ALL women in fermentation, not just beer. There are a lot of smart women in the fermentation game these days we could all learn from as craft beer continues to diversify and change in big ways. 

What will you do with all your spare time? Probably adopt another cat 🙂  

What will you miss about being on the board for Pink Boots Society? I will miss having 7 instant close friends! I love the new and strengthened relationships being on the board has brought me, especially with people I may never have gotten to know so closely if not brought together by joining the board.

Do you have any advice for women in brewing industry? Join PBS! The opportunity you have to get better at your job and meet new people who will become your friends help you get jobs, and be there to lift you up in invaluable. Well, I guess a $45 value! “No Woman is an island entire of itself; every Woman is a piece of the continent.” Surround yourself with other women looking to make noise and be the best that they can, you all need each other! 

Where do you see yourself in the next five years? A question I am currently working on, stay tuned friends! 

 

Cinthya Cisneros

Another volunteer whose term has come to an end is Cinthya Cisneros. She is one of the many women behind the scenes that you don’t hear about often but is super crucial to what PBS stands for and provides – Our Scholarship Committee Coordinator. She is the one responsible for managing the women who review ALL of the scholarships that come in. 

How long have you been a volunteer for Pink Boots Society? I have been a volunteer for 2 years.

What was your role? Scholarship Committee Coordinator

What has been your most memorable moment being a PBS volunteer? Ironically the most memorable moment was last year during our summer scholarships…. OH MY LANTA! We had so many applicants which meant a lot of work for me and my reviewers, BUT I ABSOLUTELY LOVED HOW MANY APPLICATIONS WE RECEIVED compared to the previous year . It has been amazing to see the increase in engagement with PBS, truly.

How has Pink Boots Society impacted your Life? It has connected me with BADASS Women that will permanently stay in my life forever.

What would you like to see from Pink Boots Society in the future? I would like to see a space where I can see where all these badass women have ventured off to or continue to do.

What will you do with all you spare time? Open up my Bakery/taproom… ABOUT TIME!

Who has been your biggest role model/influencer? I have been heavily influenced by Jen Sincero, Emma Lovewell and my Mom.

What will you miss about being on the board for Pink Boots Society? Seeing the background of all these badass women… I love reading their stories.

Do you have any advice for women in brewing industry? You are your own worst critic, no one else. Turn your dreams into goals… then no one can stop you.

What is your proudest moment?  HOSTING THE FIRST PBS Brew day in Stone Napa! Starting the new PBS Napa Chapter!

Where do you see yourself in the next five years? Hustling like a crazy woman (still) at my new venture, La Cheve Bakery & Brews.

 

The board and I want to take a moment to thank each and every one of these women for their passion, support, dedication, and time they have given to Pink Boots Society. Without them, we would not be where we are today – on our way into an amazing future. Cheers ladies, we owe you all the beers!!

Laura Ulrich

President, Pink Boots Society

 

 

 

 

Oct
21
Anne Sprecher
The 2019 Hops Blend is Here!
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Time to get stoked! At the 2018 GABF fall members meeting hops rub everyone participated in creating the hops blend for the 2019 Pink Boots Collaboration Brew Day. Membership voted on their favorite; now the experts at Yakima Chief Hops are creating and packaging this exclusive blend. Just like last year, Yakima Chief Hops will donate $3 from every pound sold to Pink Boots Society. Don’t delay! Order your hops by December 3rd. Hooray for great partners!

Cheers to Natasha Peiskar, Head Brewer at Last Best Brewing & Distilling in Calgary, Canada, who, with the help of Barbara McDonald (Dean & Co. Brewing, La Junta, Colorado) and Sam Olson (Fourpenny House, La Mesa, California), created the winning blend. This year it will be:

  • 3 parts Loral
  • 2 parts Glacier
  • 1 part Mosaic
  • 1 part Simcoe
  • 1 part Sabro

Aroma notes: Stone Fruit, Tropical, Dank, allowing you to go a lot of different directions with your style choice.

Want to participate in the 2019 Collaboration Brew Day? All the information you need can be found on the Pink Boots website.

Read On to Learn How Natasha Created the Winning Blend!

Pink Boots Society: Natasha, for those who weren’t at the hops rub, what transpired?

Natasha Peiskar: In the beginning,  everyone individually assessed the hop plugs provided by YCH. Each person in attendance had 5 coins with which to vote for the individual hops that they liked. I am not entirely sure, but we assessed at least 15 varietals.

From there we were invited to start creating blends with the top 6 voted hop varietals: Glacier, Cashmere, Mosaic, Loral, Sabro and Simcoe. Those who participated in blending put forth their creation for final voting in which each member was given one coin to vote in the final blend.

PB: You created the blend with the help of Barbara and Sam. Were you paired up, did you know each other?

NP: Actually the pairing up just happened naturally. As everyone was going through the hops assessment, conversations broke out and fast friendships were formed. I’m definitely thankful for Barb and Sam’s feedback in order to create the final blend we put forth for voting.

We started out with the individual hop plugs and I was looking for varieties with great stone fruit (apricot, peach), tropical (pineapple, passionfruit), bright citrus and then a little dank to balance it all out; secondarily, I was really interested in the new varieties that were on the table and wanted to work those in. Once the varieties were voted in I got to working on a blend. My first 2 blends were tossers, just a real hot mess of too much going on.

Instead of the blend being bright and balanced the aromas were dull and muddled. Nothing really shone through, it just seemed like the varietals were competing against each other instead of being complementary. Just as I got to one I thought I liked, Sam noted that she got green pepper (and then that’s all I could smell). This is where Barb was really helpful. She and I worked to tweak that last blend by upping the Loral and Glacier and decreasing the Mosaic to get to our final blend.

PB: Did you have a beer style in mind for this blend?

NP: As far as a beer style goes, that wasn’t something I was really targeting. I was looking for a very versatile blend that would work well in a hoppy blonde, but still hold its own in a DDH style or even a dry hopped sour.

About Natasha Peiskar:

Natasha is the Head Brewer at Last Best Brewing & Distilling in Calgary, Canada. She previously worked at Tool Shed Brewing and Bomber Brewing. Prior to brewing she was the Brand Manager for National Beer Hall (as part of Concorde Group) in Alberta, managing the beer lists for four (4) restaurants (60-72 taps/location), beer education, events, brand and general PR. She also spent a year as the Alberta rep for Copper & Theory, representing brands including Upright, Ninkasi, Gigantic, and Breakside.

Natasha achieved her Advanced Cicerone status in 2018. She is only the 8th person in Canada to do so. (Congrats, Natasha!)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jun
5
Anne Sprecher
The Serendipitous Cycle
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By Sue Rigler

The Adventure Begins

On September 28, 2014 as I walked out of the restroom at Great Northern Brewery in Whitefish, MT, I noticed a lab across the hallway…beakers, microscope, stir plates, pH meter. My nerdy science-microbiologist inner self resurfaced at this “ah ha” moment, and along with my entrepreneur spirit and love for craft beer, led me to a mid-life career change. I applied to the University of California San Diego Brewing Certification program and was accepted in Spring 2015. I joined Pink Boots Society in 2016, bought myself a 1.5bbl system as a birthday/graduation present August 2017, graduated December 2017 and started my dream job with Krones, Inc. January 2018.

Sue & Alyssa Dunn UCSD classmates & PBS members

I knew zero people in the industry when I started classes and even less about brewing beer. What happened from that moment has been a mere avalanche of serendipitous connections. More than one person has told me I should write a book, or name a brewery, Serendipity. I love to engage in conversations with just about anyone and more times than not, I walk away with a take home message or saying, “OMG, did that really just happen?”

Sue with BJ Anderson & Coworker

Serendipity can also be seen when I reached out to my UCSD instructors for help with my search for a technical sales position. Yuseff Cherney of Cutwater Spirits, suggested I go to Drinktec in Munich for prime networking opportunities. With less than three week’s notice, and Yuseff’s generous help to find accommodations with his German friends, I boarded a plane to Munich. As a result, that is how I got my job with Krones…dropping my personal business card off in the massiveness of Hall B6. It eventually made its way to BJ Anderson, my current boss. Yes, I went all the way to Germany to find my dream job.

Who Knew? Teri Fahrendorf Rides Subways…In Munich!

Serendipity continues on the crowded subway in Munich, after a day at Drinktec. Hundreds of people packed in like sardines. I looked up and said to a woman near me, “Is your name Teri?” That Teri turned out to be our Pink Boots Society founder, Teri Fahrendorf! She looked just like her Facebook profile photo. We talked and walked to Taco Libre where the Munich Chapter was hosting their first meeting. I was graciously greeted by 12 other positive women who live in Germany. We have craft beer as a commonality. It was an amazing and welcoming experience after feeling quite alone in a foreign country. That is the when I truly felt the power of Pink Boots Society and led me to my volunteer position as the Collaboration Brew Day Coordinator. I was happy to assist Emily Engdahl, our Executive Director. Who would not want to work with someone funny, sassy and brilliant? I just wish we lived closer!

Sue Interning at McFate Brewing

From a Subway Ride to Collaboration Brew Day Coordinator

What started with helping Emily pin over 260 participating breweries in 10 countries in Google maps, has now developed into leading an entire team for 2019 Collaboration Brew Day. I can’t believe Emily did this all herself in years past! As I began to collect photos of the brew day, I looked at the consistency of the smiles, teamwork and passion for brewing in every photo. It literally gave me goosebumps and moved me to put together a slide show sharing the global effort of strength, unity and empowerment illustrated by the women of Pink Boots Society. Having gone through the process this year, I’ve documented what worked, some great ideas shared and what could be improved upon. I will make sure it’s available for participating breweries well before Brew Day 2019. I am very honored Emily and the entire Board of PBS put their confidence in me to lead this fun project for next year!

Sue w/ Andrew Fowler, LA Ale Works

A Little Insight Into My Dream Job & the Serendipitous Cycle

Krones has very few females in the field globally. I feel nothing but support and optimism from my Krones family. They are upbeat professionals who encourage me and my participation in Pink Boots Society. My job description is very unique within Krones in the fact that I’m the first hire in the world with the title ‘Sales & Market Segment Analyst’. This newly created job was based on my technical background, brewing knowledge and their need for a business development-type role. My ultimate responsibilities are a hybrid between sales and marketing. To keep my efforts focused, the Krones management team narrowed my day to day activities to breweries in Southern California and Arizona. I collect brewery operations and production data to see if there are noticeable trends and document our strengths and weaknesses in each region.

Krones Canning Machine

Yes, I get paid to engage in conversations about beer, and sometimes sample the product. I know, right?…as I smile. I was hired to keep the Krones big picture in mind with respect to their product lines and various beverage related market segments. In doing so, then recognize synergistic opportunities that arise out of being present in a conversation. Krones has an extremely large product line, but narrowing it down to the brewing industry, they manufacture brewhouses and tanks from 5bbl on up, canning and bottling lines, automation software and systems integration. I am so fortunate to have landed a job with such a reputable company, work with wildly intelligent people and have a boss who believes in my abilities and wants to see me succeed. I absolutely love what I do.I challenge myself to make change where change is needed, I don’t pass up once-in-a lifetime opportunities and I push myself out of my comfort zone. In doing so, it naturally leads me toward prodigious people who, in turn, challenge me to be a better, stronger person. It’s what I call a serendipitous cycle.

About the Author

Escape from Alcatraz 2018

Sue was destined for the beer industry. At the age of 10, she collected beer cans and wore a Budweiser t-shirt. Originally from Iowa, Sue lives in Manhattan Beach, CA where she raised 4 kids, one still living at home with her. She attended Arizona State University, received a degree in Microbiology and now sits on the LA/ASU Leadership Council. To officially immerse herself in the brewing industry, Sue commuted from LA to San Diego to attend UC San Diego’s Brewing program. Eager to learn how to brew, Sue set up her 1.5 bbl brewhouse in a garage in Tempe, AZ equipped with a walk-in cooler and a mini lab to come full circle with her micro background. When she is not out talking to breweries and crunching data for Krones, pinning Google Maps for Pink Boots, or seeking out a fresh IPA, she can be found in the pool or ocean, on a spin bike or out running along the strand. Sue is a veteran spin instructor of 19 years, and has completed multiple races, including Ironman Arizona and just this month, her second Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon.

Jul
6
Sibyl Perkins
California Craft Beer Summit: Extra Savings for PBS Members!
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Wondering if you should make the trek to Sacramento for the 3rd annual California Craft Beer Summit? Here are five (5!) good reasons to attend:

1. Learn from the Experts, the Pioneers, the Movers and the Shakers. More than 20 educational sessions, including everything from trends to marketing and differentiation, to stand alone sessions with David Walker (Firestone Walker) and Ken Grossman (Sierra Nevada), and so much more!

2. Invest in Yourself and Your Business–With 100+ exhibitors and countless networking and interaction opportunities you can grow yourself and your business within the craft beer community.

3. The Entire Industry, Together – Connect with your community at the VIP Brewers Reception and/or Welcome Reception, plus a dozen surrounding events (maybe one for Pink Boots Society; stay tuned)

4. Tickets available at early bird prices through July 10. Don’t miss out!

5. Pink Boots is offering an additional discount code. This discount code is for members only. If you’d like to join Pink Boots Society, you can apply for membership here.

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Here’s the code:

PinkBoots10