Pink Boots Society
May 2010 (Post-CBC)
The Pink Boots Society is an international charitable trade organization created to inspire, encourage and empower women to become professionals and advance their careers in the
 Beer Industry through education.

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This ninth issue of the Pink Boots Society e-Newsletter updates you on our recent and upcoming meetings, events and our technical  seminar. It also alerts you to ongoing educational opportunities and scholarships.
Please welcome our newest $500CN Seed Sponsor, Grizzly Paw Brewing Company in Canmore, Alberta, Canada.
Thanks to the generous donation of meeting space by the Brewers Association, we raised $230 from members attending our CBC-Chicago meeting. Please support the businesses that support us!
We now have about 350 registered members. Welcome! We all have something to share, and we can learn from each other. See List.
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Encourage your customers to "Bring Mom Out for a Beer" on May 9th. From Australia to Zimbabwe, folks celebrate Mothers Day. Join our grass roots party and schedule your own "Mom Beer" event. See below for details.
48 of us attended our fifth meeting during the recent Craft Brewers Conference. A big welcome to lots of first time attendees and local Chicago-area beer professionals. 
We had a rundown of organizational goals (listed below), committee reports, a report on our last GABF Seminar on Consumer Beer Education (awesome!), a Budget report, a Scholarship report, and a Servicemark (Trademark) report (we did it!).
These meetings just keep getting more and more fun! It was especially compelling to listen to each member's story, and to realize the depth of experience in the room. 
Organizational Goals:  
  • Encourage women to become beer drinkers.
  • Encourage women to become homebrewers.
  • Encourage women to become professionals in the beer industry.
  • Support PBS members to advance their beer careers through education.
  • Promote women in the beer industry to Media.
  • Increase the number of women beer judges at the GABF and other competitions.
Thank you to these companies for donating swag for our raffle: Grizzly Paw Brewing, Moylan's Brewing, New Zealand Hops, Hops Direct, Country Malt Group, and Brewing Science Institute. Special thanks to Ann Metcalfe of Alaskan Brewing Company for ratcheting up the excitement of our raffle by donating her pretty pink polka-dot rubber boots during the meeting.
Mark your calendars. Our next meetings will be:
Friday, September 17, 2010:  1:00-5:00pm - PBS Meeting & Technical Education Seminar.
Held during the week of the Great American Beer Festival at Wynkoop Brewery, Denver, CO.
Friday, March 25, 2011:  11:30am-1:00pm - PBS Meeting at CBC. Location TBA.

Friday, May 4, 2012:  11:30am-1:00pm - PBS Meeting at CBC. Location TBA.
See you in Denver!

Friday, September 17, 2010: Wynkoop Brewpub, 1:00 - 5:00 pm

1:00 pm - Registration, sit-down lunch and beer.
1:30 pm - Business Meeting.
2:00 pm - Beer Break.
2:15 pm - Technical Education Seminar:
             - Beer Recipe Design: 4 brewers each give their
               techniques and tips, then answer 
questions. (45 minutes total.)

             - Simple HAACP for small breweries and restaurants (HACCP = Hazard Analysis and

               Critical Control Points) (10 minutes.)

             - Yeast Tasting Workshop: We will taste both good and bad yeast, and learn the

               difference, and why it is important to your beer. (20 minutes. Need 2 volunteers.)

             - Lab-in-a-Box: Easy weekly HLP testing: (Hsu’s Lactobacillus Pediococcus Media)

               Will tell you what is going on in your fermenters, and whether your yeast is safe to  

               repitch. Learn the tools, the method, and how to build a small incubator. (30 minutes.)

4:00 pm - Social Networking Hour.
5:00 pm - Meeting over.


Beer Media Friendly: Our 2010 Technical Education Seminar will again be open to GABF-credentialed media who have registered with us in advance. The purpose of inviting media is three-fold: (1) To get the message of the Pink Boots Society out into the world. (2) To get the information generated at the seminar out into the world, and (3) To drive interest in our educational seminars.
Why Drive Interest?: The first time we offer an educational seminar, attendance is restricted to our members and the media, and attendance is free. We hope to gain skill in giving seminars, and our first seminar is like a dress rehearsal. The second time we offer a particular seminar, our goal is to open attendance to the entire Beer Industry. Our goal then is two-fold: (1) To get the information out to the industry at large, and (2) To raise money for our scholarship funds. Therefore, once we open a seminar to everyone, advance registration and payment will be required.
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 be presented to our members. We  wish to complement, not compete with the educational offerings already out there.



From Maine to Nebraska to Oregon, breweries are joining the "Bring Mom Out for a Beer on Mothers Day" grass roots movement that we discussed at our CBC-Chicago meeting. Attendees liked the idea so we went forward with our grass roots effort to get the event(s) rolling.


Join us! Change a typically slow Sunday afternoon at your brewery or gastropub into something special. Your event, your choice, your style.


Once upon a time all beer was brewed by mothers in their kitchens and at their hearths for their families. Homebrewing Moms still brew at home, as well as the Chicha brewers in Peru. Moms enjoy beer. Some of us ARE moms!

If you own or work for a brewery or brewpub, consider inviting your customers to "Bring Mom Out for a Beer" on Mothers Day, May 9, 2010. Offer moms free brewery tours and free or low cost samplers of your beers from 1:00-4:00 pm. Jazz it up with music or a pink carnation if that suits your style.


If you own or work for a beer-centric pub or restaurant that's not a brewery, then design your own creative idea to get mothers in your door and tasting great beer on May 9th from 1:00-4:00pm. Feel free to share your great idea on the Pink Boots Society forum at, and let me know how it went.


We don't currently have a nifty way for you to register your individual event online. Try grass roots tools like Twitter, Facebook and MySpace. Make a funny Clara Peller-style "Where's the Beer" video for YouTube. Anything goes with guerilla-style grass roots marketing. We'd love to hear your success stories so we can spread the word and keep the moms looking forward to their event, year after year. (And if you make that video, I will find the swag to reward you!) Send your success stories and 1-2 great photos (and links to guerilla videos) to


One goal of the Pink Boots Society is to reach out to the fair gender, expose women to great beer, and encourage them to learn about it and enjoy it. We hope to create more female beer drinkers and homebrewers in the process, (which are two additional Pink Boots Society goals, see goals above).


From Australia to Zimbabwe, Mothers Day is celebrated around the world each May. Let's invite folks to bring their mom out for a beer that day. Join us!


Bring Mom Out for a Beer

Mothers Day (Everywhere except Great Britain)

May 9, 2010


In the United Kingdom:

April 3, 2011 (we missed it this year)



   Coming up fast...
Scholarship Deadlines:
April 30, 2010: Greg Noonan New England Brewer's Scholarship at the American Brewers Guild. 
August 1, 2010:
MBAA William A. Hipp Scholarship to the Brewery Packaging Technology Course.
November 2010:
Glen Hay Falconer Foundation Scholarship at the American Brewers Guild.
January 15, 2011: MBAA William A. Hipp Scholarship to the Brewing & Malting Science Course. 

Master Brewers Association of the Americas: Many MBAA Districts have their own scholarship funds. If you are a member of the MBAA, be sure to ask a local district officer if this is true for your district.
Deadline not listed: Professor Michael J. Lewis Endowment Fund at UC-Davis. 
Google "brewing scholarships" to see what other options come up. Be sure to look several pages in for the lesser known scholarship options.
Future Scholarships: From the Pink Boots Society. We're working toward that goal together!

June 15-21, 2010: MBAA & ASBC joint Brewing Summit in Providence, Rhode Island.
March 23-2
6, 2011: Craft Brewers Conference in San Francisco, California.
May 2-5, 2012: Craft Brewers Conference in San Diego, California. 
September 17, 2010: Pink Boots Society's Technical Education Seminar in Denver, Colorado.


Siebel Institute of Technology & World Brewing Accademy
Master Brewer Program (20 weeks)
   Too many other courses to list. Click here for the list.

American Brewers Guild  
Craft Brewers Apprenticeship (28 weeks)
Intensive Brewing Science & Engineering (23 weeks)

Master Brewers Association of the Americas
   Malting & Brewing Science Course (2 weeks)
Brewery Packaging Technology Course (2 weeks)
   Other MBAA courses and dates.
Click here for the list.
Cicerone Certification Program
   Beer Cicerone (Beer Steward) Certification

Barley Course
Introduction to Statistical Experimental Design at the Northern Crops Inst. at N.D. State Univ.
Note: All links above are live. Sometimes the program doesn't color them blue.
Abby Sherrill (photo left), brewer at Portland's Lucky Lab Brewpub is hosting our first regional PBS meeting:

WHAT:  Casual meet-and-greet over lunch.

WHERE: Lucky Labrador Brewpub, in the "Party Room"

              915 SE Hawthorne Blvd

  Portland, OR 97214


WHEN:  Saturday, May 1, 2010

TIME:    10:30am to Noon.

BRING:  Your beer in growlers or bottles (optional).

COST:   Free, unless you want to buy lunch.

WHO:    Women beer professionals from Washington and Oregon.

WHY:    To meet other women beer professionals/PBS members. This meeting is timed to

 coincide with Portland's "Cheers to Belgian Beers Festival." Link:  

We are continuously working on our new website. We want to expand the usefulness of the Member List, by allowing members to have a Member Profile page (optional). Visitors to our new website would find your Member Profile page by clicking on your Name on the Membership List.
One reason for having a Member Profile page, is because journalists often look for local brewers and beer folk to interview, so this profile will give the media a sense of who you are. Please see the pink box on our Member List page for details on how to get a profile page.
We have our own Forum on Yahoo groups. We've had great discussions, stuff we'd be afraid to send to the Brewers Association Forum, like "How do you protect your unborn baby from chemical exposure in the brewery when you are pregnant?" Join us at Yahoo Group, "pinkbootssociety":
Group home page: 
Please sign up at You can choose the Daily Digest, or how often you want forum posts to come to you.
Meeting Sponsors:
The Brewers Association was our CBC meeting sponsor. They donated a room so we could meet onsite for free. We raised $230 from attendee donations of $5 each. FYI: Meeting Sponsorship funds are used to defray the costs of our luncheon meetings, so that we can keep the expense to our members to $15 or less. This encourages the maximum number of members to attend.  
Seed Sponsors:
We have money in the bank to keep us growing, thanks to a seed sponsorship donation by the Grizzly Paw Brewing Co. (C$500CND). When drinking a beer that is not your own, please support the Arizona breweries that support us by buying their beer. Thank you to member Michelle Lowney for encouraging her employer to help us! FYI: Seed Sponsorship funds are used for the costs of incorporating as a nonprofit, becoming tax-exempt, trademarking (servicemarking) our name, email newsletter services, and website hosting. Any extra Seed Sponsorship funds beyond these expenses will go straight into the Scholarship Fund.
Friend of the PBS Fundraiser:
Anybody can hold a fundraising event and send Pink Boots Society the money.
Did you know we have an Employment section of our new website?

Are you a business with a beer-related job opening? Are you a member looking for a job? Send a very brief description with your contact info to our website designer
Also if you are an MBAA member, a benefit of membership is their MBAA Job Postings board.
Ale Street News
Tony Forder, Editor of Ale Street News has extended an amazing writing opportunity to our members. He has a column called "Pink Boots 'n All," where he wants you, the women in the beer trenches, to write about beer from the women's perspective. He would love to hear from you. Contact  
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.  
Amity HoffmanAny woman anywhere in the world who earns at least part of her income and livelihood from beer is automatically a Member of the Pink Boots Society. However, you must send your contact information to to register and get into our database and onto our online Member List at Members can be elevated to voting status by attending one or more meetings.
Jen KentTo maintain membership in the Society, a Member must be actively employed in the Beer Industry, seeking reemployment in the Beer Industry, or be retired from a long career in the Beer Industry. Once a Member has attained voting status, she maintains voting status as long as she maintains her membership criteria and keeps the Society current with her email address, as future elections will likely be held via email.
Kate GeiserSarah BillickThe PBS e-Newletter list is handled separately, so you must subscribe separately at The e-Newsletter is the best way we have to stay in contact with our members. Anyone interested in Pink Boots Society activities and news is welcome to subscribe as well.
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
Tessie ThompsonLisa AllenThe Pink Boots Society is not limited to craft brewers, or even just to brewers, but it was founded by craft brewers. We welcome all who qualify as described above. A special welcome to our sisters employed by the large national breweries who recently joined us. 
The website list will be updated soon (June?). You can see the current list here We're all volunteers here in this labor-of-love called the Pink Boots Society. So please be patient. 

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.
Our subsequent meetings have been inspirational and it was so fun to connect with other women beer professionals.
If you are a member of any kind, I encourage you to attend our next meeting and second educational seminar. They will be held during the Great American Beer Festival, on September 17, 2010. 
Teri Fahrendorf
Teri Fahrendorf, President
Pink Boots Society

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