Teri Fahrendorf had been brewing professionally for 19 years when she went on a road trip. She visited 71 breweries, brewed at 38 of them, and blogged the whole way. Throughout the trip, she did meet a few other women working in craft beer. They always asked whether there were others. So they started the Pink Boots Society.
Pink Boots Society is a non-profit to empower women beer professionals to advance their careers in the beer industry. Today, Pink Boots Society has over 1,500 members in 40 chapters worldwide.
You don’t have to be a brewer to be a member of Pink Boots Society. As long as you earn income from beer in some way, you can join Pink Boots Society. Members include brewers, loan officers, jewelry makers, lawyers, and blog editors.
Roles for women have traditionally been volunteer roles, says Teri, like child rearing or housekeeping. Consequently, modern society often expects women to work in volunteer positions.
“Your value that you are putting into the world,” says Teri, “needs to be recognized in a value that the world recognizes, which is cash.”
In addition to moral support and educational seminars, Pink Boots Society has a scholarship fund for women in the beer industry.
CALL FOR HELP:
Pink Boots Society is an almost entirely volunteer organization. So they’re always looking for more women to join and for volunteers. If you are a statistician or can work with data and numbers, Pink Boots Society needs your help. Get in touch with them here or through the contact info below.
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If you could ask one question to every brewer or brewery owner, what would you ask? Let me know.
- Brewing Up a Business: Adventures in Beer from the Founder of Dogfish Head Craft Brewery by Sam Calagione.
- The Brewers Association’s Guide to Starting Your Own Brewery by Dick Cantwell.
- Honest Business by Michael Phillips and Salli Rasberry.
Check out the entire list of recommended books, click here.
An upcoming beer style:
- Red Hat Society, a global society of women.
- Barley’s Angels, an international organization of women and beer.
- The Country Malt Group, distributors of brewing and distilling products.
- Mastrad Purefizz Soda Maker. Teri was the one who figured out how to use this to carbonate small amounts of homebrew for taste testing.
You can reach Teri Fahrendorf and Pink Boots Society at:
- Facebook: Pink Boots Society (closed group)
- Twitter: pinkbootsbeer
- Pinterest: pinkbootsbeer
Teri’s other blogs:
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