PBS Logo
Pink Boots Society                                               Early August 2014 

The Pink Boots Society is an international professional association and USA 501(c)3 nonprofit. We inspire, encourage and empower women beer professionals to advance their careers through education. Our 1,000+ members are the female beer industry leaders of tomorrow, and they inspire women consumers to choose beer as their adult beverage of choice.


In This Issue
August Scholarship Window
Volunteer Highlights
Scholarship Application Tips
National Meeting Dates
Pink Boot Sources
Join Our Mailing List!
Quick Links

Good News: We have about 1,300 Registered Members and over 100 Volunteers!

See below for these items:
  • Announcing Portland State University's Scholarship. 
  • Volunteer Highlights   
  • How Scholarships Work
  • Upcoming Scholarship Schedule
  • Scholarship Application Tips   
  • National Meeting Dates 
  • Pink Boots Sources
  • Learn more about Pink Boots Society 

  See below for details on all of these, and more...   




In partnership with Portland State University, Pink Boots Society is pleased to announce its next 2014 scholarship opportunity:


Portland State University's Basic Business for Craft Beverages Course


Course Format: Web-based Online Course

Course Dates: January 5 to February 13, 2015

Scholarship Application Window: August 5-31, 2014. Closes at 11:45 pm PDST.

Information: http://www.pdx.edu/cepe/the-business-of-craft-brewing 

Course Location: Your Computer (the world)

Apply Here: http://pinkbootssociety.org/scholarship-application/ 


Opens on August 5th: Click here for the rest of the article and more information. And see the 3 articles at the bottom of this e-newsletter for more information on Scholarships in general and how they work.



Teri Fahrendorf is well known as the mother of Pink Boots Society, and she has a professional history in beer spanning 26 years.  


Since 2009, Teri has been the Oregon-Washington Territory Manager for Country Malt Group, on the road visiting breweries and selling malt, hops, and other beer supplies to craft breweries.  


Prior to her stint as a beer clerk at Portland's premier beer & bottle shop, Belmont Station in 2008, and her epic 5-month Road Brewer trip in 2007 ( www.roadbrewer.com), Teri was a Brewmaster for 19 years, with 17 of those at Steelhead Brewing Company in Eugene, Oregon where she lead Steelhead's expansion to five locations and earned eight Great American Beer Festival medals. She also was Head Brewer at Triple Rock Brewing Company (1990) and Golden Gate Brewing Company (1989), and was an intern at Sieben's River North Brewpub (1988). Plus she was the Siebel Institute's first female class president in 1988.  


Currently Teri continues to write technical articles, speak at conferences, and teach at some of our PBS Scholarship Partner's courses. You can read her published work at www.terifahrendorf.com.


Teri says, "Creating Pink Boots Society out of thin air and growing it to 12 annual scholarships, 30 US and International Chapters, nearly 150  volunteers, and 1,300 members worldwide has been the most difficult and most rewarding thing I've ever done. I am immensely proud of our volunteers and Emily for the work they've done, and I am forever grateful to my husband Jon Graber for his understanding and patience. As my favorite African proverb says, 'If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.' PBS wouldn't have come this far without the great team that we have!"  


You can connect with Teri on Facebook.


Longtime Bend, OR, dweller Tonya Cornett has been with Pink Boots since the beginning. She attended the first meeting (2008, San Diego), and has served as technical director and informal advisor to the group. The R & D Brewmaster at 10 Barrel Brewing who won the World Beer Cup's small brewpub brew master of the year award in 2008 says she appreciates the "easy exchange of ideas and information" that happens between Pink Boots members.


"I have experience in the 'brewing' part of the industry that may be helpful to another member.  In turn there are members that are experts in areas of the industry that I am not," she writes.


So what hopes does she have for the future of her fellow PBS members?


"It is amazing how our numbers have grown. I would like the conversation, 'What's it like to be a woman in a male dominated industry?' to end," she says.

You can connect with Tonya at tcornett@10barrel.com



Each PBS Scholarship has three separate dates, and our ace Scholarship Administrator, Kris McDowell is the organizational powerhouse behind keeping it all straight. The schedules run like this:

Month A: Scholarship Application Window runs about the 5th to last day. Generally the deadline is the last day of the month at 11:59pm PST/PDT. Please don't wait till the last minute! (See next section for more on this.)

Month B: Scholarship Selection Committee (Team A or Team B, depending on the month) reviews and discusses all applications and resumes, and submits the name of their chosen Recipient on the last day of the month.

Month C: PBS leadership secures verbal commitment from Recipient that she will Pay It Forward (PIF), and receives their Scholarship Deposit. Non-recipients are notified via email.

Month C, 15th Day: Announcement of the Recipient is normally made via this E-Newsletter.

We now have one scholarship opportunity occurring each month, and two Scholarship Selection Teams operating. You can just imagine the volume of work happening behind the scenes. So please be patient with us! Thank you, and thank you for your help in fundraising for these scholarships.
UPCOMING SCHOLARSHIP SCHEDULE (Best Estimate at this point in time)

August 5-31, 2014: Portland State University Basic Business for Craft Beverages application window.
September 5-30, 2014: TBD
October 5-31, 2014: TBD
November 5-30, 2014: TBD
December 5-31, 2014: Oregon State University's Craft Brewery Start-up Workshop II application window.

Please note that Recipients are not announced until 75 days after an application window opens! See above for How Scholarships Work.

Please be careful with your timing on making your scholarship applications! From now on we plan to have one scholarship campaign each month. Each campaign will begin approximately the 5th of each month, but that date could swing a few days because we are all volunteers and there is a lot of work behind the scenes. Start checking on the 5th and keep checking until you see what the offering is that month. Do not rely on these e-newsletters.

We always post on the Brewers Association Forum, our Yahoo Groups Forum, and on our Facebook and Twitter pages.

Please note that no matter when a new scholarship application window goes up, they ALL come down on the last day of the month at 11:59pm Pacific Time (PST/PDT). But don't wait until the last minute because a technical snafu could take it down early and then you're out of luck.

Also, you MUST be a PBS member to apply EXCEPT for the new brewery business start-up type scholarships. Please note that your Membership Application is Moderated, and our hard-working Membership Committee Chair, Becky Molm, needs 7-14 days to process your membership e-form.

Therefore the sweet spot for applying for any scholarship is day 10-15 of any month. Please make a note of it, and plan accordingly!

Portland Regional
Friday, October 3, 2014:
GABF Meeting & Educational Seminar
11:00 am - 2:30 pm
Vine Street Pub, Denver, CO USA
Seats are limited to 55. E-Registration will be announced via email about one month ahead.

Friday, April 17, 2015:
CBC Annual Business Meeting
11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Portland, Oregon USA

Saturday, April 18, 2015:
Proposed Women in Beer Leadership Conference
CANCELLED - sorry! Our expanded scholarship program is taking all of our time!

Friday, May 6, 2016:
CBC Annual Business Meeting
11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania USA
Onguard Boot
Have you been thinking about buying a pair of steel-toe pink rubber boots but never got around to it? Hantover is our new preferred supplier for steel-toe pink rubber work boots:

http://www.hantover.com/cgi/hnt.wsc/product.htm?p-item-num=14968&p-callprog=cust-search. Onguard Lady Monarch pink steel-toe boots. See link for actual boot visual.  

 Onguard Boot  

Birth of a Beer Community: The Story of Pink Boots Society 

PBS Membership Qualifications
How PBS Began & Organizational Goals 
E-Newsletter Archive 
Donate to our PBS Scholarship Fund 

Pink Boots Society is committed to the advancement of the education of women beer professionals, either by developing educational scholarships, or by hosting educational speakers and seminars at our regional, national and international meetings. If you are a woman who earns income from beer, we encourage you to join us. 


Cheers to you!

Fearless Leader
Emily Engdahl                                                                  Teri Fahrendorf
Executive Director                                                            Founder & Co-Creator