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This seventh issue of the Pink Boots Society e-Newsletter updates you on our upcoming (third) meeting, which will be held during the Craft Brewers Conference in Boston.
Please forward to any women employed in the beer industry who will either attend the conference, or who live within driving distance of Cambridge/Boston. Thank you!

Please welcome our newest $1000 Seed Sponsor, Hop Union. Also, we will be able to keep our Boston meeting costs to $10 per member, thanks to meeting sponsorship donations by North Country Malt Supply and by the Siebel Institute of Technology. Please support the businesses that support us!
There are two ways to do that: Attend our meeting, and attend presentations given by members. See below for conference presentation schedule. 
 E-Newsletter Archive
You'll want to read about the Consumer Education Seminar we have planned for Denver after our GABF meeting on Friday, September 25, 2009. You are cordially invited to attend. See details below. 
WHAT: Lunch, beers, meeting, elections, networking & brainstorming 
WHEN: Wednesday, April 22, 2009
TIME: 11:30 am - 2:00 pm
TIMING: Right after the Keynote Speaker. Afternoon presentations begin at 2:30 pm. 
Cambridge Brewing Company
ADDRESS: One Kendall Square
                 Cambridge, MA 02139
BREWPUB TELE: 617-494-1994
DRIVING DIRECTIONS from Seaport/World Trade Center:
Meet at the Taxi stand closest to the main doors of the World Trade Center. Introduce yourself to your fellow members and share a Taxi. Ride is approximately 10-15 minutes. Taxi fare including tip should be about $20. This is the quickest & easiest plan, and costs should be minimal when Taxis are shared.
MEETING COORDINATOR: Megan Parisi, photo at right. Be sure to thank her!
Robin Bechard-Smith of North Country Malt Supply and Lyn Kruger of the Siebel Institute. Be sure to thank both of them!
E-VITES: Megan will send out e-Vites to everyone in her member database within the next few weeks. Please reply either way, so we can get a good head count. Thank you!
Lunch will be sit-down as that works best for Cambridge Brewing Company. You'll make your choice once you are seated. The three entree choices are:
Grilled Veggie Burrito Peppers, Squash, Avocado, Pico De Gallo, Black Beans and Brown Rice with Tortilla Chips and Salsa.
Blackened Chicken Sandwich Lettuce, Tomato, Herb Mayo, with French Fries or Mixed Greens.
BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwich Cole Slaw, Fried Pickles, with French Fries or Mixed Greens.
Cost will be $10 per member, which includes beverage (pint of Cambridge Brewing beer, iced tea, coffee or soda), room fee, corkage fee, tax and tip.
Please bring your beers to share as corkage fees are waived. We'll have a semi-separate section of the restaurant to ourselves.
We will vote on Committee Chairs at the meeting. It's not too late to nominate yourself or any other member. Nominators will remain annonymous. Membership list is up at  

Chairmanships will eventually stablize as two-year posts that overlap. In order to ensure continuity. After that, we will only vote on half the committees at a time. The Committee Chairs for our Boston election will be 1.5- and 2.5-year seats. The following general election will be the GABF meeting in Denver in 2010. Thereafter we will have one general election per year, always at the GABF meeting, where we will elect new chairpersons for half of the committees.
Here are the current nominations, as I understand them to be:

Membership Committee Chair nominee: Megan Parisi
Technical Brewing Committee Chair nominee: Michelle Lowney
Election Committee Chair nominee: Laura Ulrich
Website & Information Technology Chair nominee: open
Consumer Education Committee-Chair nominee: Sebbie Buhler
Consumer Education Committee Vice-Chair nominee: Sue Smith-Troy 
Events & Festivals Committee Chair nominee: open
Scholarship Committee Chair nominee: open
Other Committees? Make a suggestion! Send to
Our sponsors are the companies that donate money to keep the Pink Boots Society alive. When ordering hops, or malt & brewing supplies, or increasing your brewing or draft service knowledge through education, please patronize our newest sponsors: Hop Union ($1000), North Country Malt Supply ($500) and the Siebel Institute ($250). Support the companies that support us!

Seed Sponsorship funds are used for the costs of incorporating as a nonprofit, trademarking (servicemarking) our name, and all those administrative and legal hoops you have to jump through to become a legal nonprofit. Any extra Seed Sponsorship funds beyond these expenses will go straight into the Scholarship Fund. 

Meeting Sponsorship funds are used to defray the costs of our luncheon meetings, so that we can keep the expense to our members to $10. This encourages the maximum amount of members to attend. 
Some of our voting members cannot make it to the Boston meeting. They want to be teamed up with a non-voting member who plans to attend. During the voting section of the meeting, the proxy voting buddies need to be in contact with each other via cell phone so that the proxy non-voting member can relay each vote of the long-distance voting member.
Please email Laura Ulrich at, if you are either a voting member who can't attend, or you are a non-voting member who plans to attend our April Boston-CBC meeting, and you are willing to relay a proxy vote via cell phone. 
Sebbie  Buhler
Our autumn meeting will be held on Friday, September 25, 2009 at lunchtime (probably 12:30pm), in Denver, Colorado. We won't have an election this meeting, so we plan to offer an Educational Seminar immediately following the business/lunch meeting (probably 2:00pm).
The post-meeting Seminar will be on Consumer Education. There will be a report from our members who are involved with, or have started one of the many women's beer drinking clubs that are popping up, such as Left Hand Brewing's "Ales4 FemAles.
We plan to have take home materials to help you create a similar beer club at your brewery, brewpub or pub. Perhaps we can come up with a universal name and make this a nationwide phenomenon? (Pink Chicks Beer Club? Beers for Babes? Okay, I challenge you to come up with a better name! Bring your good name suggestions to the meeting or email to Teri.)
If you have a Consumer Education idea you can speak about, or want to see covered, please email your suggestions and/or volunteer to help our Consumer Education Committee Chair nominee, Sebbie Buhler (photo at right),
BEER MEDIA FRIENDLY: The Consumer Education Seminar, which begins promptly after our business/lunch meeting, is open to all members AND all beer writers and beer media, of either gender. Yes, it will be the first co-ed portioin of a meeting! E-Vites will be sent in August for this meeting, and we will ask interested media to contact us in August so we can get a head count. (See future edition of this e-newsletter: please don't contact us now!.) Our goal is to educate the public about great beer, so let's start by informing those who inform everybody else!
A NOTE ABOUT OUR EDUCATIONAL SEMINARS: A primary focus of the PBS is to educate, train and inform our members, in other words, each other. A secondary focus is to help increase the general knowledge levels about, and within, the beer industry. Our goal is to tap into the incredible knowledge base of our members, so these seminars will be taught by our members, and presented to our members. We  wish to complement, not compete with the educational offerings already out there. At the 2009 GABF meeting we will host the first of these proposed Education Seminars.  

If this Consumer Education Seminar goes well, the goal is to host it again at a future date, but open it to non-members. At that time, a fee will be charged, which, in addition to covering the costs of the Seminar, will be used toward our fundraising goals of creating educational scholarships for our members. Future seminars will be similarly designed, with a "dress rehearsal" for members, followed by fee-based seminars that are open to the public.
More info on this is reprinted (below) from our last e-newsletter.
Please support your fellow members by attending their presentations and panels: 
Julia Herz - "What's Up in the Craft Beer Segment."
Mary Pellettieri - "QA/QC for the Small Brewer."

Jamie Martin - "Things Every Brewer or Future Brewery Owner Should Know But Doesn't."
Ginger Johnson - "Where's the Other 50%?: Developing and Serving the Female Craft Beer Enthusiast Market."

Sebbie Buhler, Panel Moderator - "Beer According to Women: How Women Brew, Present, Pair, and Sell Beer (Yes, Gender Matters)."

Sebbie's Panelists: Candice Alström, Teri Fahrendorf, and Jodi Andrews Stoudt
Rebecca Kneen
- Panelist: "Organic Brewing Panel."
Kim Jordan - Panelist: "Keeping it Real: Brewery Owner Perspective."
Joni Denyes - Panelist: "Beer on the Web."
Amie Gianino - Panelist: "Global Emerging Issues in Brewing."
Wednesday, April 22, the day of our meeting, is Pink Boots Solidarity Day. Women AND Men: DARE to WEAR the pink! Proudly wear your Pink Boots to show support for women in the Beer Industry. The best source we've found for pink boots is Target
If you find a source for pink boots in men's sizes, be sure to email the link to  
Laura Ulrich (Stone Brewing) set up our own Forum at Yahoo Groups.
Here are the details on Yahoo Group, "pinkbootssociety":
Group home page:  
Group email address:
Send your posts to this email address or click on "Posts" in the left column once you are in. 

Please sign up at You can choose the Daily Digest, or how often you want forum posts to come to you.
Megan Parisi, Membership Committee Chairperson nominee, is our Ace with the Database. Following each semi-annual meeting, Megan updates that database with your updated contact information. Current list is at There are two sections to the list: Voting (currently about 136 members) and Non-Voting (about 67 members).     
A month or so later we post a generic update on our website, and we post a members-only copy with phone numbers and emails, accessible via link to our members. The Members-Only Contact List stays up for two weeks, and then we take it down. When you get the email in May alerting you, be sure to click on the link and download the Members-Only List during that short window of time, if you want it. Don't snooze or you won't have your fellow members' contact info. Having this short window of availability protects our members' contact information from solicitors and spammers.
If you or a woman you know are not listed but should be, please send all contact information, including an email address to Megan Parisi  
Pink Boots Only, Please, by Willie Simpson (Australian beer writer!)
FOAM AND FROTH (Bits & Pieces)
Small Business Administration & Small Brewery Owners:
SBA's New "Goodwill" Valuation
SBA Loans: Gov keeps the money moving:
SBA upgrades its PodCasts:
April 21 afternoon: MBAA's Craft Brewers Practical Workshop on Yeast. Timed to precede the CBC in Boston.$129 (and worth every penny!)
April 20-21: MBAA's International Brewers Symposium on Yeast in Boston. Timed to precede the Craft Brewers Conference.
April 20, 2009 is the deadline for the Glen Hay Falconer Foundation Brewing Scholarship. The Siebel Institute (one of our 2008 Denver Meeting sponsors) co-sponsors this scholarship. Two per year are awarded to a brewer or homebrewer from the Pacific Northwest or Northern California. Click here for info:
Speaking of the Glen Hay Falconer Foundation, they just launched their own website at, where you can read about their new scholarship:
We are excited to announce the addition of a new scholarship slated for early 2010.  Working in co-sponsorship with the American Brewers Guild (ABG), the scholarship is to the ABG "Intensive Brewing Science & Engineering" diploma course which is a 22-week program for those seeking a thorough understanding of the science, engineering, functions and goals of the modern micro or pub brewery.  Look for a separate press release in the coming months with details on how to apply.
August 1, 2009 is the deadline for the William A. Hipp Scholarhship to the MBAA Brewing and Malting Science Course. Applicants must be members of MBAA and have five years of experience. Click here for info:  
As far as I know, no deadlines have yet been set for the new Professor Michael J. Lewis Endowment Fund at UC-Davis. Click here for info:
Google "brewing scholarships" to see what other options come up. Be sure to look several pages in for the lesser known scholarship options.
Revised and Reprinted from the last PBS e-News:

The 2009 Great American Beer Festival will be held September 23-26. 

As part of the 2009 GABF-Denver meeting, we plan to focus on Consumer Education, and how we can increase the number of women beer drinkers. This will be an afternoon program. (The Brewing Chemistry & Technology program has been postponed till a later meeting.)

Our Consumer Education Committee Co-Chairs plan to present a program with ideas you can take home and use. Some possibilities include:

* Women's (or Co-ed) Beer Clubs - How to set up and run.
* Beer Dinners - How to set up and run.
* Chef Education - suggestions.
* Media Education - suggestions.
* Online educational needs - perhaps a link on the PBS website with downloadable info. 
* University Students - career-planning outreach.

* Coordinated brewery tour dates. (See Oregon's Zwickelmania or Wine Country Thanksgiving for examples.) Perhaps on the afternoon of Mother's Day each year?

* Brewery tours for student-age groups: girl scouts? (Teri toured Miller Brewing in Milwaukee when she was a 10-year old girl scout. It was her favorite girl scout tour.)

We will also discuss the idea of PBS Enthusiast Members, which would be beer connoisseurs of any gender. This would be modeled after the Oregon Brewers Guild's SNOB Enthusiast Members program.

This consumer education-focused post-meeting program was predicated by Sue Smith-Troy's wonderful spontaneous discussion at the 2008 Denver meeting about Left Hand Brewing's Ales-4-FemAles beer club, and how that idea could be spread to more breweries and pubs. 

Meeting will be held Fri. Sept. 25. Time is not yet set. Probably at 12:30 or 1:00 pm.
In the future all GABF-Denver meetings will include an election, but not this year, as the first Committee Chairmanships will not expire until the 2010 GABF-Denver meeting's election.
My goal is not to include a job board each issue, as that task would be better served by our new website when it is up. However, when you know members are hurting, you want to help them. If you can help or advise these members, please do so.
1. Assistant Brewer Wanted in Canada: Michelle Lowney
1. Brewery QA/QC Expert seeks Employment: Jennifer Helber
2. Brewpub Brewer/GM seeks Employment in U.K.: Michelle  
1. Brewpub for sale in the U.K.: Michelle:
This feature will probably not be repeated in future issues!
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.  
Below are the conditions for membership that we voted on at the 2008 San Diego meeting. 
Any professional woman brewer, cellarwoman, laboratory technician past or present, from any brewery of any size, anywhere in the world, who is or was continuously employed by a brewery for no less than three months. If you qualify you are automatically a voting member. Once a voting member always a voting member. (This includes women working at breweries in wort production, fermentation, filtration, quality assurance, quality control, and sensory.)  
Any woman anywhere in the world who does not qualify for voting membership as described above, but who derives at least part of her income and livelihood from beer. (This includes women packagers and packaging managers, women brewery owners, accountants, marketers, women beer writers, pub owners, servers, etc.)
We make every attempt to include all members, but we can't chase you down, even if we know you personally. If you got missed and you are not on the membership database list, then please email
We are still waiting for the large national-brand breweries to send us their lists of women employees. There must be hundreds that qualify in each category. The Pink Boots Society is not limited to craft brewers, but it was founded by craft brewers who welcome all who qualify. 
The website list will be updated after our Boston CBC meeting. You can see the current list here

The Pink Boots Society began in 2007 as a list of every woman brewer I met or heard about during my 13,000-mile cross-country road trip ( We had our first meeting during the Craft Brewers Conference in San Diego in April 2008, where the women on that list voted to become a membership organization.
At our second meeting, in October at the 2008 GABF in Denver, we voted on organizational goals. Both meetings were inspirational and it was excellent fun to connect with other women beer professionals.
If you are a member of any kind, I encourage you to attend our third meeting. It will be held during the Craft Brewers Conference in Boston, on April 22, 2009. 

Teri Fahrendorf, President
Pink Boots Society

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