Get to know the women in Pittsburgh’s craft beer scene

Pink Boots Society is a nationwide organization for female beer professionals. We dropped in on the Pittsburgh chapter’s brew day at Hop Farm.

by Aadam Soorma
March 13, 2019

“A lot of folks just happen to fall into brewing. When I fell in love with craft beer, I made (very) purposeful steps to get into this industry.”

-Meg Evans, Rock Bottom Brewery

 

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To mark International Women’s Day – and to raise the profile of women’s roles in the beer industry – the Pittsburgh chapter of Pink Boots Society is collaborating with local breweries to release beers that have been conceived, manufactured and distributed all by women.

 

During this past Saturday’s ‘collaboration brew day’ we stood back and watched as members of Pink Boots Society came together and brewed a kettle sour beer with hints of beets. We also brought along a videographer and plan to update this post with a short documentary on Pink Boots as well.

 

What is Pink Boots Society?

Per their website, Pink Boots Society was created to assist, inspire and encourage women beer industry professionals to advance their careers through education. Pink Boots strives to elevate female voices in the beer community.

This group is much more than just a beer drinking club for women. Pink Boots Society is focused on educating and engaging women in the process of brewing craft beer.

 

P—Passion
I—Integrity & Inspiration
N—Networking
K—Knowledge

B—Beer & Brewing
O—Opportunity
O—Open Exchange of Ideas
T—Teach
S—Success

 

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Who is involved with Pink Boots Society in Pittsburgh?

Our local chapter is robust and includes representatives from Roundabout, 11th Hour, Hop Farm, Rock Bottom, Grist House and a slew of other local breweries. The member roster isn’t just brewers. This group is made up of women who interface with the beer industry in marketing, distribution, merchandise, apparel, business management, packaging/labeling, serving, and bartending.

 

How can one get involved with Pink Boots Society?

Per Meg Evans, social media is a great place to begin outreach. She has connected with several other PBS chapters (outside Pittsburgh) through a collection of private Facebook groups that welcome women into the organization’s membership and scholarship wings.

 

Milling and preparing grain to go into the boil phase during the Pink Boots Society collaboration brew day at Hop Farm Brewing.

 

Where can we try the Pink Boots Society collaboration beers?

Keep an eye out for the Pink Boots collaboration beers on tap at Federal Galley and Smallman Galley, as well as some of the local breweries themselves. In addition, several local bars and restaurants will serve the annual Pink Boots collaboration beers once they are ready for distribution.

 

 

In 2012, Aadam moved to Pittsburgh. He's currently parked (sans chair) in Lawrenceville and plans to stay a while. On the weekends, you'll find him driving a small green bus (Porter Tours) as he leads tours at local breweries. Got a fun story idea? DMs are open: @asoorma.

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