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5
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Membership Spotlight – Danii Oliver
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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.

May
20
Lydia Moranski
Yuengling Women in Brewing Scholarship Recipients Announced
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The Pink Boots Society and D.G. Yuengling & Son, Inc. are excited to introduce the 2020 recipients of the Yuengling Women in Brewing Scholarships! Both scholarship recipients will receive up to $12,500 to further their education through one of these four programs: the University of the Sciences Brewing Science Certificate, the Cincinnati State A.A.S. in Brewing Science (with optional Sales & Marketing certificate), the Siebel Institute Concise Course in Brewing Technology, and eCornell University’s Women in Leadership Certificate. Each of these programs work to build on technical and leadership skills, as well as brewing education.

Lauren Stone, of Left Hand Brewing Company in Colorado, has been in the brewing industry for four years. She began as an intern on a ten-barrel system developing comprehensive knowledge of the brewhouse and cellar. After her internship, she moved to a thirty-barrel brewhouse with a three-barrel pilot system. During Lauren’s two-and-a-half year period at this brewhouse, she worked her way from assistant brewer to head brewer. While she was in this role, a number of her recipes took home state awards! When Lauren moved to Left Hand Brewing Company, she was one of the quickest team members to make it through the company’s brewer certification program. 

As someone who has been in a leadership role already, Lauren is looking forward to the Women in Leadership certificate to build on the skills she has already begun to develop, and she’s looking forward to exploring alternative ways to approach problems she has faced in the past. Lauren spoke about her passion for the Pink Boots Society and this course saying, “I think it’s extremely important to have women in leadership positions as role models to encourage other women to be a part of the beer world. I am passionate about sharing my knowledge and experiences with others, especially if it means it will have a positive impact on other women.” Lauren’s passion and goals for women and the brewing industry as a whole, are just a small portion of why she was selected for this fantastic opportunity.  

The other recipient of the Yuengling Women in Brewing Scholarship is Caroline Wallace of the Texas Brewers Guild. Caroline has been with the guild for the past five years, making moves working up front and behind the scenes. She wears many hats, as the deputy director of a statewide organization, including social media, working conferences and festivals; all the way to legislation outreach. Caroline has worked on implementing an annual statewide beer festival, and changing state beer law for the good of the breweries! She has had the honor of representing craft beer at a state and federal level. But before she began the fight for breweries everywhere, Caroline was the co-author on two history-based beer books and an avid byline for a women-run beer blog.

Caroline is also planning to take the Women in Leadership course through eCornell University. As a previous chapter leader, Caroline knows the value of the Pink Boots “pay-it-forward” requirement and is excited to be a part of sharing the knowledge with other women in the brewing industry. Caroline discussed this in her application by saying, “I believe this scholarship, in particular, comes with an invaluable opportunity and heightened responsibility to assist, inspire, and educate fellow members.” Caroline’s due diligence when looking into this course was just a fraction of why she was considered for this scholarship.  

In addition to taking courses that make up the Women in Leadership certificate, 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 their scholarships.

Apr
2
Cat Wiest
Membership Spotlight – Joey Hanna
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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 Joey Hanna! Joey is the Boss Lady at Hoppy Beer Gear, as well as the key merchandise coordinator for Pink Boots Society.

What is your role in the beer industry?

I’m the owner of Hoppy Beer Gear, Inc. in San Diego, Ca. Our focus in the craft industry is to assist with Branding, Merchandise and Marketing. We have clients throughout the country that we work closely with to increase their brand awareness and sales through Apparel, Merchandise, Promotional items and Design work. I absolutely love what I do and enjoy working with people to enhance their business and brand. I am also the merchandise and branding volunteer for Pink Boots Society. I’ve assisted in getting
new apparel and merchandise that can be purchased and proudly worn to support PBS members and women in the beer industry. I’ve also helped with designing some of the Collaboration Brew Day shirts and assisted in conferences.

How long have you been a Pink Boots Member?

I have been a member for about 4 years now and have been the Merchandise volunteer going on 3 years.

What, in your opinion, are the greatest benefits of the Pink Boots Society?

Pink Boots offers many benefits but if I were to call out a few then they would be the amazing scholarships and education support that they make available to all members. I would also say that the inspiration and support is amazing. To have what I would call a sisterhood in this day and age is so needed and helpful for us all to grow in an industry that we love.

What is your favorite thing about working in the beer industry?

The people would be my favorite thing. It is hard to explain but the friendships and quality of people that we are surrounded by is amazing. I truly feel like a part of a big family.

What was a great moment in Pink Boots / beer industry for you?

There are a lot of great moments but being at the Texas PBS convention last year was off the hook. I met so many women face to face and had so many inspiring conversations. I feel like everyone was there to share their experiences and lend a hand on resolutions. The information was very up and coming and the speakers were very knowledgeable.

Is there anything you would like to tell us about the work you do, or your involvements with Pink Boots?

My goal is to continue to volunteer with Pink Boots and lend a hand in any way that I can to continue to grow and positively affect more women in the industry. We have a lot of great things coming up and I think now more than ever we need to lift each other up and be a source of empowerment and strength. I take pride in being a part of Pink Boots.

What are you drinking right now (or later)?
I will be tapping into a fresh Double IPA- called Double Dank from Second Chance Beer Co. – delicious…

A fun fact or bit of trivia about you!
My husband and I LOVE live music and go to dozens of shows each year. Our favorite is our annual trip to Red Rocks in Colorado to see a full weekend of The String Cheese Incident. Great music, friendly people and an amazing venue!

Jan
31
Cat Wiest
Membership Spotlight
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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 featuring Lisa Allen, head brewer at Heater Allen in McMinnville, Oregon.
What is your role in the industry?
I am the head brewer at Heater Allen Brewing in McMinnville, OR, but it’s a very small, family business so I wear a lot of hats. I’ve done everything from cleaning kegs to delivering them, cellar work, lab work, you name it, I’ve probably done it.
 
How long have you been a Pink Boots Member?
I’ve been a Pink Boots member since 2010, right around the time I entered the industryPink Boots was really small back then! My friend Sarah Forga (who is no longer in the industry but brewed at several different spots around Oregon before changing fields) told me about the group and convinced me to go to a meeting with her.
 
What, in your opinion, are the greatest benefits of the Pink Boots Society?
For me the greatest benefit has been meeting other ladies in the industry. A lot of the other women brewers I’ve met and connected with I’ve met at a Pink Boots meeting or a Pink Boot adjacent event. Even though I have yet to receive one myself, I have to say scholarships. Education is so important in any industry and in an industry where workers are often under paid or don’t have many benefits, etc. having an opportunity to get education for free or cheap is so beneficial. And especially having a group that provides scholarships for women in an industry that is very male dominated, it helps us get a leg up.
What is your favorite thing about working in the beer industry?
My favorite thing about the industry is the people. I have met so many great people through the beer industry and I continue to daily.
What is your proudest Pink Boots / beer industry moment?
My proudest Pink Boots moments happen whenever I see someone I know receive a scholarship. I’m happy for everyone that receives one, but when it’s someone you know personally and/or are good friends with it touches a little closer to home and makes me proud to be a part of this organization.

Is there anything you would like to tell us about the work you do, or your involvements with Pink Boots?
Well…currently I am the Portland Chapter Financial Liaison, it’s been really interesting learning about all of the ins and outs of the financial aspect of the organization. I also brewed a SMASH lager with Skagit Valley Malting, the proceeds of which will go to the Pink Boots Portland Chapter. I used Skagit Valley Copeland Pilsner malt and Hüll Melon hops, the first of it will be tapped at the SheBrew festival in Portland on March 8th.
What are you drinking right now (or later)?
Finishing up a brew day as I’m answering these questions, so not currently drinking, but I’ll probably have a lager of some sort this evening.
A fun fact or bit of trivia about you!
I was an Archaeology major at Oregon State Univeristy, I wanted to switch to Fermentation Science my junior year, but when I looked in to it, it was going to take me an extra 2-3 years to graduate so I decided to graduate and figure life out from there.
Jan
26
Lydia Moranski
2020 Craft Brewers Conference Scholarship Recipients Announced
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The Pink Boots Society in conjunction with the Brewers Association is proud to announce the four recipients of the 2020 Craft Brewers Conference® scholarship. Each lady was chosen by a selection committee of experienced women beer professionals, from brewers to educators and positions in between.  

Christine Bump of Big Elm Brewing Company was selected because being both the co-owner and head brewer means her position encompasses many different aspects. As someone who has attended a Craft Brewers Conference in the past, our committee believed she would be able to take advantage of the wide amount of range of educational topics offered at the CBC. With Christine’s position at Big Elm and being an active member in her local Pink Boots Chapter, Christine will have the opportunity to share what she has learned with a wide range of people in many different positions. 

Christine joined the brewing industry in 2001 on a 3.5 barrel brewhouse and has worked for several different breweries and brew houses of different sizes. When she worked at Victory Brewing Company Christine ran the manual 25 barrel brewhouse and helped install and optimize a 50 barrel automated system. Christine took this knowledge and co-opened a brewpub in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. After several years the call of a production brewhouse was one Christine needed to answer and in 2010 Big Elm in Sheffield, Massachusetts was born. 

Katey McNulty is the sensory specialist for Carlton and United Breweries in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. As an international member, the selection committee believed she will benefit from this opportunity both by actively attending CBC, and also getting the chance to experience American beer styles in their home territory. Katey’s background in the technical and analytical side of brewing will allow her to take a full on approach to the subjects being discussed at CBC. 

At the age of three Katey had her first experience with the brewing industry. Her grandfather was a homebrewer and on bottling day she was tasked with being the brewer assistant and adding a teaspoon of sugar to each bottle of beer. Katey went on to receive her Bachelors of Science in Viticulture and Oenology (the study of wine and wine making). After working in a vineyard Katey eventually found her way back to beer. Katey believes, “Being able to attend the beer styles track at the Craft Brewers Conference 2020 would help me to differentiate the distinct beer styles The Brewers Association recognizes in their Beer Style Guidelines and will help me to be a more knowledgeable trainer in the field of sensory science and taste training.” This will get Katey closer to her goal of being a Master Cicerone and being a beer judge at world beer cup. 

Tara Pattison of Farmers Brewing was selected for the 2020 Craft Brewers Conference due to her dedication to learn. Tara has traveled extensively to cultivate her knowledge of fermentation and CBC will be another place on the map to add to her bank of knowledge. 

Tara Began her journey with brewing in 2013 as a home brewer and member of the Heriot-Watt brewing society and a member of the University of California Davis’s food science brewing club. Tara traveled to Germany as one of 75 young professionals to take advantage of a year long diplomatic cultural exchange, sponsored by Congress and Bunderstag. This opportunity included two internships where Tara rotated through every aspect of brewing, from milling to packaging. Tara is excited to take home what is learned and share it with colleagues and Pink Boots members alike. Tara plans on taking the quality track which will help grow the quality department at her brewery.  

Ann Reilly of the New York City Brewers Guild was selected due to her recent leadership roll which will keep pushing the industry forward. Ann with be able to take advantage of both of the educational seminars but also have a clear focus on networking with other attendees and be able to see how such a large scale event is put on.  Ann outlined a clear map of what she plans to take away and bring back to the Brewers Guild, her Pink Boots chapter and community.

Ann has been moving around the New York beer scene for several years from working beer festivals to creating beer related events all over the spectrum from home brew competitions label art exhibitions. Ann helped to relaunch and revitalize the local New York City Pink Boots chapter. Ann created a network for the women in beer in her community, “They provide truly ‘safe space’ forums where women in beer are able to speak openly. Places where inquiries can be made without judgment. Education can be offered, gained and expounded upon.”

The Craft Brewers Conference® is the number one environment in North America for concentrated, affordable brewing education and idea sharing to improve brewery quality and performance. Attendees can choose from twelve educational tracks; beer styles, brewing operations, business export, government affairs, hospitality, ingredients and supplies, marketing & social media, planning, quality, safety, Sales & distribution, sustainability, and thought leadership. These are led  by the top minds in the beer and business world. 

In addition to attending Craft Brewers Conference® these four women will each receive a pair of pink steel toe rubber boots when the Pay it Forward requirement associated with the scholarship is fulfilled.  

Jan
5
Cat Wiest
From Bartender To Packaging Technician Through Pink Boots Siebel Scholarship
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When I moved to a goat farm after the devastating Gatlinburg wildfires in late
2016, I never expected to fall in love… with craft beer. Ever since I started
working at a local brewery I have been enamored with beer and the brewing
process, so much that I started homebrewing and looking for scholarships in
brewing. Fast-forward a few years later and I have accepted a job in canning and
cellar work. This job came from a journey of volunteering, education, and most
importantly, beer.
I first started brewing at home like many others by making meads, beer and
anything else that I could ferment. I was captivated with the brewing process
instantly and felt in my gut that this is what I wanted to do for a living. I knew I
needed to go to school to learn more about brewing to build a solid foundation, as
most of my brewing came from a “feel” of brewing. As Charlie Papazian says in
The Complete Joy of Homebrewing, “It is about feeling your beer and letting your
beer feel you.” While this is a great skill set in craft brewing and a priceless
education, my scientific method behind beer was lacking. I heard that Siebel
Institute of Technology was the way to learn from many professional brewers, so it
was a course from them that I focused on. I needed to take the Siebel W1 course so
I could understand the technical part of brewing, to combine my hands-on learning
with mechanical learning, and most importantly to grow in my career.
I came upon the Pink Boots Society as I was searching for a scholarship at Siebel. I
Googled “scholarship for Siebel Institute of Technology” and the Pink Boots
Society website was the first thing to pop up. I went through the site and was so
excited that I stumbled upon this group of female beer professionals. I signed up
that very day, submitted a request for volunteering and started working on my
scholarship application for the Siebel Concise Course in Brewing Technology. I
felt that it would better my chances of getting a scholarship if I volunteered for this
organization, and I was right. I learned a lot in that first year about Pink Boots and
it helped kick start my volunteer work for the following years. I went on to
volunteer at the local Biere de Femme in Asheville, North Carolina and met many
women that I had only known through email. This experience as a whole taught me
that I could be a part of something big and work hard for something I believe in.
I ended up receiving the scholarship for the Siebel online course at the beginning
of 2019 and attended over the summer. It was a whirlwind of information and I
stayed glued to my computer.

The Siebel class really helped me see the bigger picture behind brewing and answered a lot of my technical questions about brewing on a commercial system. For those of you who have not looked into the course, it is basically an overview of everything in brewing, from water chemistry to cleaning kegs, in three months. If you are planning on taking the course, I would suggest taking an organic chemistry class before taking the Siebel online class. I was fortunate enough to take a craft beer chemistry class the year before and it
really helped me digest what the Siebel course was teaching me in the organic
chemistry lectures. There were many positives of this course. I really enjoyed it
because it was online and I could work on it on my schedule and not be tied to a
class time every week. I also enjoyed the weekly discussions with the class and
instructor about that week’s topic. The instructors were awesome and there to
answer whatever question you have. One drawback for me was that since I was
still bartending, I was not able to apply what I was learning in the physical right
away. But that is why I was taking the class: to get a working knowledge of
commercial brewing in order to get a foot in the door. So, I took extensive notes
and frequently talked to professional brewers I know about whatever subject I was
learning about that week. I ended up passing the class with an “A!”
The significant thing that I learned is that I could spend my whole life learning
about beer and still never know all there is to know. That is why I love this career
and industry so much.
The Siebel Concise course in Brewing Technology has changed my life. With this
education I have been able to land a job in a brew house doing canning and cellar
work. This opportunity also allows me to grow within the company so I can
eventually brew beer commercially. I would not have gotten this job without my
certificate and for that I am very thankful to Pink Boots Society. In my journey I
was supported by women who I did not even know, I found stories that I could
relate to, I found ideas for growing my career and my beer, and most importantly, I
felt like I had found family.

 

Taylor Paige King resides in Eastern North Carolina with her partner Jordy and her cat Sigi. She works at Mother Earth Brewing as a packing technician and is currently planning a brew for the Pink Boots Society collaboration brew day.  She volunteers with Pink Boots Society as a national and North Carolina scholarship liaison. She also attends Nash Community College full time and will complete her degree this May. In her spare time she enjoys home brewing, farming and reading. 

 

 

Dec
9
Cat Wiest
Membership Spotlight
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Welcome back to Pink Boots Society’s Member 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 putting a spotlight on Jasmine Bamlet! She is the Event and Allied Member Development Manager for the North Carolina Craft Brewers Guild. She plans educational and social events for the membership, and creates opportunities for folks hoping to reach members to sponsor those events and help foot the bill.

She has been a Pink Boots Society member for several years and says “Pink Boots, like many other associations, finds its value in community. The scholarships offer amazing opportunities and the meetings are always great for networking, but the ability to connect and commiserate and uplift has always been the shiny penny for me in membership value”.

Her favorite thing about working in this industry comes down to the fact that it never really feels like work. “Sure, the paperwork can drag, but doing what I do in the industry that I do it in never feels like it’s work. It’s tough, don’t get me wrong – I spent 3 out of the last 6 weeks away from home – but at the end of the day, I truly believe in this industry and its ability to change our economic landscape and social environment for the better”.

In 2016, she received the Extra Effort Award from the North Carolina Craft Brewers Guild. “I was completely blindsided by it – the staff made up some line about needing me ASAP in the banquet hall, so I came rushing in from running kegs for the bar and then got pushed on stage to receive this award”. The next year she was able to give that award to the newest intern – a great way to close the circle.

“Since I work for the Guild, I am uniquely qualified to be a part of the North Carolina Pink Boots community as a whole versus just through a chapter connection. My work has me traveling, sometimes more than others, and it allows me to connect with all manner of amazing women in beer. I currently hold the title of North Carolina Chapter Liaison, which means I work with all of North Carolina’s five chapters to help build membership, coordinate events, and grow leadership. It’s not an easy task since 3 out of 5 of those chapters started within the last 12 months, but it’s one I’m passionate about and hope to give more attention to in the coming year”.

Right now, I’m finishing off an Imperial Stout from Reve Brewing. It’s good, but maybe I shouldn’t have had the whole 16.9 ounces to myself…Fun facts about Jasmine: I own a pug named Charlie and I’m a published poet.

 

Thank you Jasmine for your dedication to Pink Boots Society, and for all you do for our industry as a whole!

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
Cat Wiest
Time To Plan Your Brew Day!
Women In Beer
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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.

ORDER HOPS HERE

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!

ORDER HOPS HERE

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Oct
8
Cat Wiest
Membership Spotlight – Kelly Lohrmeyer
Women In Beer
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Welcome back to Pink Boots Society’s Member 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 shine the spotlight on Kelly Lohrmeyer! She has been a member for five years, and loves meeting all the exciting and interesting women that share the industry as well as her local San Diego chapter. “These women are a wealth of knowledge on so many fronts and I enjoy getting to see their passion in the ever changing beer market”.

Kelly has gone from Beer Tender, to Beer Rep, to Farm to Table Hop Sales Lady. Currently she works with Yakima Chief Hops, to promote education about how hops grow, are produced, and come to market. She works with brewers to create future contracts to ensure that their Family Farms are able to produce the hops needed each year. She also likes to host informative guild gatherings, “events and what not to promote the continuing education on hops to the Beer community across the USA and Globe”.

San Diego chapter love!

Kelly’s name might sound familiar to you – she is a critical player in the inception of our Yakima Chief Pink Boots Blend! The pink Boots blend started out as a simple chat with Mike Goettl in a Perrault Hop Field. Mike wanted to know how Yakima Chief could help enrich more women’s lives in the beer community, and asked for Kelly’s opinion. “I immediately thought of the Pink Boots! I liked what I saw at the meetings I attended and the amount of cool scholarships offered. What better way to help promote women in beer than to get a hop blend put together that the Pink Boots Society could be proud of to call their own!” This is the third year Yakima Chief has produced a Pink Boots Blend, and it remains the organizations largest fundraiser.

Kelly announces the new Pink Boots Hop Blend during the GABF Members Meeting

“I am proud that I have been able to work so closely with Farmers over the past 4 plus years. I always wanted to work closely with people who work the land for the betterment of a product. I used to think it would be in food in some sort of farm to table setting. I could not be happier that I landed with the Growers of Yakima Chief Hops. Helping to produce/promote and educate brewers about the best Aroma Hops in the world that go in that tasty beer you may have in your hand!”

Cheers Kelly for all the work you do help educate others during your full time job, as well as the extra time you put in to lifting others through Pink Boots Society!