Pink Boots Society – The Women That Make The Brew
If you are a women working in the beer industry then the Pink Boots Society is for you. The Pink Boots Society’s goal is to assist, inspire and encourage women beer industry professionals to advance their careers through education. It’s also not bad to have a strong sisterhood behind you for support and guidance.
By Shira Kogut on Dec. 07, 2016
These pink boots were made for brewing and with chapters across the US including Hawaii and around the world the Pink Boots Society is making it easier for women to get into the beer industry.
Founder, Teri Fahrendorf, began her career in 1988 and has worked all over the West Coast. When she began brewing she was actually the third woman craft brewmaster in the USA (The first two were: Mellie Pullman in 1986 and Carol Stoudt in 1987), but she did enjoy many trail-blazing industry “firsts” including:
- First woman craft brewmaster west of the Rockies
- First female brewer in California and Oregon
- First woman craft brewmaster who wasn’t an owner and was hired for the job
- First female Treasurer of the Oregon Brewers Guild
- First woman board member at the Oregon Brewers Guild
- First female Class President at the Siebel Institute of Brewing Technology
With so many firsts under her belt she is a role model to many women in the craft beer industry, such as Corey Regini from KettleHouse Brewery in Missoula, Montana who had this to say about her industry role model:
Teri Fahrendorf is one of the founders of the Pink Boots Society which is a non-profit that I am honored to be a part of. Fahrendorf is one of the original brewers in the Craft Beer Industry and is extremely knowledgeable. I highly recommend to any woman in the Craft Beer Industry to join (the Pink Boots Society) if you aren’t already a member.
But the Pink Boots Society is not just for female brewers it is for all women with roles in the beer industry. This is the description from their site:
Who Are the Pink Boots Society®?
We are the female movers and shakers in the beer industry. We get the beer brewed and fermented with the highest possible quality. We also own breweries, package the beer, design beers, serve beers, write about beer, and cover just about any aspect of beer, and we are all women. Most importantly, we teach each other what we know through our own seminar programs, and we help each other advance our beer careers by raising money for educational scholarships.
P – Passion
I – Integrity & Inspiration
N – Networking
K – Knowledge
B – Beer & Brewing
O – Opportunity
O – Open Exchange of Ideas
T – Teach
S – Success
So ladies, we want you! Not just on Big Boots Brew Day or on International Women’s Collaboration Brew Day, but all year ’round.
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