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The world of beer is no longer a 'boys' club': 11 female brewers, brewery owners, and beer lovers we think are awesome

Women who rule the craft beer industry.

"A boys' club" is a term used to describe a lot of industries, but there are only a few left that still really qualify as such. Brewing is one of them, but with so many industrious and talented women moving up in the ranks, that won't be true for much longer.

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Of course, women have actually been involved in the brewing industry for years. In fact, the earliest brewers were women concocting beverages for their families or perhaps even larger groups. This lasted even through the Middle Ages. But centuries later, as brewing became a commercial process, men took over and began to dominate.

Today, women are making strides in becoming leaders within the brewing community. Pioneers like Carol Stoudt have led the way for women to take over rolls as not only brewers but as owners, CEOs, CFOs, and much more. And under their leadership, some amazingly creative and award-winning beers are being produced and distributed across the country.

Since we're nearing the end of Women's History Month, we'd like to take a few minutes to salute those female leaders in the beer world. And the best way to salute them? Raise a glass of their delicious beers to their achievements (and then drink it, of course)! If you need a hand finding a good beer that's been brewed (or otherwise produced) by a talented woman, we're here to help. Click ahead to see 11 talented women in the world of beer and the amazing beers for which they're responsible.

Beer, Sex, and Gods: Meet the Deities That Inspired These Brews

It may seem hard to believe, but back in the day, religion, baby making, and booze were a holy triumvirate. It’s tough for our brains to grasp, structured as they are by a Judeo-Christian and then a post-Enlightenment scientific worldview. We’re trained from toddlerhood to compartmentalize the state, religion, and sexual reproduction into silos that are never meant to mix. But in our not-so-distant past as humans, you’ll find a hedonic mass of buzzed people worshipping gods who were too busy helping people make booze and babies to bother with the whole guiding principles and proper way to live thing. Indeed, back in ye olden times, booze, babies, and the capricious creators of earth were not just interconnected they were downright symbiotic. And beer anthropology (yes, that’s a field) can prove it.

Alan Duane Eames (1947-2007), an anthropologist dubbed the “Indiana Jones of Beer,” devoted his professional life to ferreting out the roots of beer culture and the manner in which it reflected and influenced larger societal patterns. In his quest, he visited 44 countries, discovered hieroglyphics about beer while crawling through tombs in Egypt, and trekked extensively through the Amazon on a quest for a particularly delicious and elusive tribal black beer.

He also discovered what many consider to be the oldest ad for beer — a stone tablet dated to 4000 B.C. depicting a headless woman with large breasts holding beer. The tagline ran, “Drink Elba, the beer with the heart of a lion.” (File that campaign under: Some things never change). Eames came to the refreshingly irreverent conclusion that women in ancient societies were integral to the beer-brewing process.

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Not only was beer most frequently a gift from a female goddess across the world, but women were often responsible for the brewing process itself. Eames found that in the Amazon, virgin women were responsible for starting the brewing process by masticating grains and depositing them into a big pot, where they’d form a saliva-flecked mass and ferment. Doesn’t that whet your appetite?

If not — too bad! Today, many contemporary brewers, weary of the basic building blocks of beer — hops, barley, yeast and water — are cribbing notes from Eames and other beer anthropologists’ notebooks to create ye ancient pagan brews, minus the spit (more on that, later). To be fair, there were plenty of dudes in the ancient pantheon of holy-rolling beer and wine enthusiasts. Let’s toast a few of our favorites:

The Gods

Ninkasi (yes, also a brewery, see below) first popped up as the goddess of beer in Sumerian culture. She’s also evidence that beer brewing in the Mesopotamian region, which is modern-day Iran, dates back to 3500 B.C. One of eight children, her father was the King of Uruk and her mother was the high priestess of the temple of Ishtar and the goddess of fertility. Like many popular figures in ancient cultures, Ninkasi eludes categorization. She is the brewer of beer and the beer itself, a goddess made to satisfy desire, heal wounds, and “sate the heart.” Ninkasi was discovered through the Hymn to Ninkasi, a poem written on clay tablets around 1800 B.C., among some of the oldest writings ever found. The Hymn is a beautiful piece of writing, but it also doubles as a recipe, which features grapes, bappir (a type of grain) and honey, and is meant to be followed by the women in the house who did the brewing. “Mixing in a pit, the bappir with sweet aromatics, Ninkasi, you are the one who handles the dough [and] with a big shovel,” the hymn reads. “Mixing in a pit, the bappir with [date] – honey, You are the one who bakes the bappir in the big oven.”

Dionysus (aka Bacchus)

Dionysus, one of the key gods in Greek mythology, is the son of a union between Zeus and a mortal woman named Semele. He is the god of wine and the god of intoxication. But Dionysus is also the god of fertility, harvest, ritual madness, and religious ecstasy. Special D is a perennial fan favorite — who can resist a guy who carries a fennel staff tipped with a pine cone and travels with a procession of wild women and bearded satyrs? But in addition to blurring contemporary lines between fun, law, disorder, and farming, Dionysus veers between the macho and the femme. Worshipped as early as 1500 B.C. by Mycenean Greeks, he evolved over generations from a mature male into an androgynous, highly sensuous youth who represents outsiders and the unexpected. Festivals cropped up around the cult of Dionysus and have been credited as a major inspiration in the development of Greek theater.

Mbaba Mwana Waresa

This Zulu goddess really knows how to have a good time. Like a fragment of a Timothy Leary-sponsored acid trip, Mbaba emerges as a psychedelic dream-child throwing rainbows and fun in her wake. Officially, Mbaba is a fertility goddess who rules over agriculture, rain, and beer, who teaches her devotees the art of farming and making beer. Zulus believe that when rainbows appear, it’s a signal from Mbaba to start drinking. Mbaba, daughter of the sky god Umvelinqangi, lives in the clouds in a round home made of rainbows, where she lives with her husband, a very lucky mortal she happened to fall in love with.

Medb, a.k.a. Maeve, The Fairy Queen

The Irish Queen of Connacht, Medb is a goddess of fertility, intoxication, justice, and death. What a gal! Her roots lay in the Irish legend “Tain Bo Cualinge,” or the “Cattle Raid of Cooley.” She allegedly ran faster than horses, favored wearing live birds and animals on her shoulders and arms, and slept with a number of kings who she then cast aside. While she prioritized her career for decades, Medb eventually married. Medb was the Earth itself, the force of water, the wind on mountains also, the mountain. Her name is said to mean “she who intoxicates” and is related to the English word mead. Good times!

The Saints Come Marching In

As paganism waned and Christianity waxed, many of these regional gods and goddesses were replaced or supplanted by saints. Before the tenth century, when saints had to be officially canonized by the church, local saints would often be absorbed into the larger bureaucratic underpinnings of the church via an unofficial medieval-era “American Idol“- style popularity contest (this also helps explain the neat ancient god-saint transfer). One of the most beloved Irish saints is Brigid (457-525), a.k.a. Mary of the Gael. A well-rounded lady, she founded a monastery in Kildare known for its charity, worked in a leper colony where she turned water into beer, and miraculously turned dirty bathwater into beer for visiting priests. A poem attributed to Brigid begins thusly: “I should like a great lake of ale, for the King of the Kings. I should like the family of Heaven to be drinking it through time eternal.”

I’ll have what she’s having. And so will modern day beer makers! Today, brewers seeking a way to flex their creative muscles while still hewing to tradition are turning to new anthropological discoveries and ancient gods for inspiration. Here are a few of the more #blessed experiments:

The Beers

Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

One of the first in the field to start unearthing weird old recipes, these Delaware beer makers launched a collaboration with ancient beer expert Patrick McGovern in 1999. Dubbed Midas Touch, the 2,700-year-old recipe was cobbled together from molecular evidence found in a Turkish tomb believed to harbor — you guessed it — King Midas. The beer-wine-mead hybrid features honey, barley malt, white muscat grapes, and saffron. Since then, brewer Sam Calgione and McGovern have worked on an ongoing series of Ancient Ales.

Xingu Black Beer

In 1986, a group of women founded a company in an effort to recreate ancient beer styles. Naturally, they tapped the Indiana Jones of Beer for help. To be fair, they kind of had to: The president of the company, Amazon, Inc., was Anne Latchis, his wife at the time. He consulted records he had tracked down in the Amazon dating back to the 16th century, detailing that elusive black beer he kept hearing such wonderful things about. The recipe for the ale included roasted corn and manioc roots. Eames and the brewers came up with Xingu, a smooth, sweet dark beer. The label of the beer was created by artist Eric Green, depicting a map, a warrior, and, natch, anacondas. Thirty years later, Xingu Black Beer is still Brazil’s best-known international beer.

Ninkasi Brewing Company

The Eugene, Oregon brewery was named after the Sumerian goddess of fermentation. It was founded in 2006 on a few simple principles: Jamie Floyd and Nikos Ridge wanted to become the village brewers and provide a space for people to chill over a good beer. Their first batch of Total Domination IPA was made in a 17-hour brew day in leased space. By 2011 they were one of the fastest growing breweries in America and now, they rank as the 36th-largest craft brewer in the country – and they’re still independent.

25 Quotes About Beer from the Famous Drinkers Who Loved It Best

A quality pint makes the world a whole lot rosier, and we’re not alone in feeling a little sentimental about the magical combination of hops, malts, yeast, and water. Plato, Sylvia Plath, and Jack Nicholson are among famous figures who have thoughts on the subject.

Even Edgar Allan Poe, our favorite gloomy-faced bad boy, wrote a short ode to beer. “What care I how time advances? I am drinking ale today.” We’re going to assume this was written before he ended up drunk in the gutter.

Some of the quotes we’ve unearthed might surprise you. Martin Luther, the man behind the Protestant Reformation, essentially claimed that those who drink beer get to walk straight through the pearly gates. Cheers to that!

In celebration of the weekend, crack a cold one and read the suds-fueled of philosophizing of famous drinkers past and present. Whether you are drinking a Goose Island, a Dogfish Head, or even a Bud Heavy, we challenge you to get on the level of these artists and writers.

Scroll down to read our favorite beer-related musings.


Who? Classical Greek philosopher
Thoughts on the matter: “He was a wise man who invented beer.”

Thomas Jefferson

Who? Third U.S. President
Thoughts on the matter: �r, if drunk in moderation, softens the temper, cheers the spirit and promotes health.”

Tina Fey

Who? Comedian, writer, genius
Thoughts on the matter: “In a study, scientists report that drinking beer can be good for the liver. I’m sorry, did I say ‘scientists’? I meant Irish people.”

Henry David Thoreau

Who? American author, poet
Thoughts on the matter: “Instead of water we got here a draught of beer𠉪 lumberer’s drink, which would acclimate and naturalize a man at once—which would make him see green, and, if he slept, dream that he heard the wind sough among the pines.”

Winston Churchhill

Who? British Prime Minister
Thoughts on the matter: “Most people hate the taste of beer—to begin with. It is, however, a prejudice.”

J.P. Donleavy

Who? Irish-American novelist
Thoughts on the matter: “When I die, I want to decompose in a barrel of porter and have it served in all the pubs in Dublin. I wonder would they know it was me?”

Jack Nicholson

Who? Actor, psychopath admirer
Thoughts on the matter: �r, it’s the best damn drink in the world.”

Sid Vicious

Who? Rocker, potential murderer
Thoughts on the matter: “I’ve only been in love with a beer bottle and a mirror.”

Bill Carter

Who? Writer, documentary maker
Thoughts on the matter: “There is no such thing as a bad beer. It’s that some taste better than others.”

Russell Crowe

Who? The Gladiator, the end
Thoughts on the matter: “I have respect for beer.”

Anne Sexton

Who? Feminist poet, writer
Thoughts on the matter: “God has a brown voice, as soft and full as beer.”

Milan Kundera

Who? Author of The Unbearable Lightness of Being
Thoughts on the matter: “Isn’t beer the holy libation of sincerity? The potion that dispels all hypocrisy, any charade of fine manners? The drink that does nothing worse than incite its fans to urinate in all innocence, to gain weight in all frankness?”

Ray Bradbury

Who? Sci-fi author, book lover
Thoughts on the matter: �r’s intellectual. What a shame so many idiots drink it.”

Charles Bukowski

Who? Author, drinker
Thoughts on the matter: “stay with the beer. beer is continuous blood. a continuous lover.”

Stephen King

Who? Author, pop-culture junky
Thoughts on the matter: 𠇊 man who lies about beer makes enemies.”

Martin Luther

Who? Protestant Reformation, wore a funny hat
Thoughts on the matter: “Whoever drinks beer, he is quick to sleep whoever sleeps long, does not sin whoever does not sin, enters Heaven! Thus, let us drink beer!”

William Shakespeare

Who? Playwright, philanderer, all-around character
Thoughts on the matter: 𠇏or a quart of Ale is a dish for a king.”

Abraham Lincoln

Who? 16th U.S. president
Thoughts on the matter: “I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The great point is to bring them the real facts, and beer.”

Dave Barry

Who? Humorist and writer
Thoughts on the matter: “Without question, the greatest invention in the history of mankind is beer. Oh, I grant you that the wheel was also a fine invention, but the wheel does not go nearly as well with pizza.”

Thomas Pynchon

Who? Author, Gravity’s Rainbow
Thoughts on the matter: “Oh, this beer here is cold, cold and hop-bitter, no point coming up for air, gulp, till it’s all–hahhhh.”

Edgar Allan Poe

Who? Sad-faced poet
Thoughts on the matter:

𠇏ill with mingled cream and amber,
I will drain that glass again.
Such hilarious visions clamber
Through the chambers of my brain.
Quaintest thoughts — queerest fancies,
Come to life and fade away:
What care I how time advances?
I am drinking ale today.”

Hunter S. Thompson

Who? Wild-card, drug consumer
Thoughts on the matter: “There is an ancient Celtic axiom that says ‘Good people drink good beer.’ Which is true, then as now. Just look around you in any public barroom and you will quickly see: Bad people drink bad beer. Think about it.”

Sylvia Plath

Who? American feminist poet
Thoughts on the matter: “The beer tastes good to my throat, cold and bitter, and the three boys and the beer and the queer freeness of the situation makes me feel like laughing forever. So I laugh, and my lipstick leaves a red stain like a bloody crescent moon on top of the beer can. I am looking very healthy and flushed and bright-eyed, having both a good tan and a rather excellent fever.”

Hugh Hood

Who? Canadian essayist, professor
Thoughts on the matter: “Nothing ever tasted better than a cold beer on a beautiful afternoon with nothing to look forward to than more of the same.”

Kaiser Wilhelm

Who? Last King of Prussia
Thoughts on the matter: “Give me a woman who loves beer and I will conquer the world.”

Trustworthy Brewing brews batch for International Women’s Day

Gone are the days when beer was traditionally seen just for flannel-wearing, beard-toting men, and a local brewery is trying to ensure that stereotype is banished.

This past Thursday, Trustworthy Brewing Co. held an event at its brewery, located at 156 W. Verdugo Ave. in Burbank, as part of a collaboration with a nonprofit called the Pink Boots Society, whose mission is to help and encourage women in the beer industry by providing educational scholarships.

Members of Trustworthy invited women in or associated with the industry to assist in the brewing of a hazy pale ale using a hop blend — a mixture of Loral, Azacca, El Dorado and Idaho Gem hops — developed by Pink Boots Society and Yakima Chief Hops, a Washington-based hops supplier.

Trustworthy purchased the hops blend to create a beer to coincide with International Women’s Day on Friday. The local business joined other breweries across the country in the effort.

Among those helping in the brewing process was Stephanie Jensen, a portfolio manager for Wine Warehouse, a local alcohol distributor that distributes Trustworthy’s beer.

She said she’s glad to see that more and more women are opening their own breweries or working in the industry in some capacity, whether as a head brewer, manager of a taproom or a distributor.

Additionally, Jensen said an increasing number of women are drinking various types of beers, thanks in part to the booming craft-beer scene.

“I don’t like the idea that women only drink wine, hard ciders or certain kinds of beers,” she said. “I drink and try a little bit of everything. It’s just great to see that it’s more accessible to everybody.”

Joining Jensen were Britney Carr and Caitlin Bradfield, home brewers and founders of a beer blog on Instagram called Beers A’ Go-Go. Their goal is to educate women of color about the beer industry and to empower those who work in the field.

The duo recently moved from Atlanta, Ga., to Los Angeles and they said they have not regretted their decision. Not only were they surrounded by hundreds of breweries in Southern California, they found themselves among other women who were just as enthusiastic about beer.

“I was used to going to meetings with just 10 other women, but in L.A., there was a roomful of women,” Carr said about attending her first Pink Boots Society meeting in Los Angeles. “It was awesome. Everybody there loved beer.”

Bradfield said light needs to be shed on the diversity in the beer industry and how beer isn’t meant for just one segment of people.

“Beer doesn’t just look for one type of consumer,” she said.

Michelle Stansbury, the taproom manager at Trustworthy, said she’s loved seeing the beer industry diversify throughout the years and is happy knowing that organizations like the Pink Boots Society and Beers A’ Go-Go are helping that diversity move forward.

“I remember being the only woman at breweries years ago, and now that’s changed,” Stansbury said.

“Seeing more people getting involved and making a name for themselves, trying to get other people into [the beer industry] and showing that it’s not just a men’s industry is really great,” she added.

Licorice: Another Estrogenic Ingredient in Beer

Most people are unaware that licorice is commonly used in dark beers as a coloring agent, to increase head and to add sweetness. Like hops, licorice is highly suppressive of androgen levels and hormone function. Licorice contains at least seven estrogenic substances, two of which are actual estrogen in the form of cyclestrone and estriol. Licorice increases cortisol [6] Licorice also inhibits the enzyme 17-hydroxyprogesterone, which lowers the production of the androgen androstenedione, and lowers testosterone and DHT (because androstenedione is converted into those hormones.) [7] Licorice directly affects sexual function and libido.

Beer Recipes That Use Your Favorite Brews in Clever Ways

Cooking with beer isn’t novel. Stouts make regular appearances in recipes for hearty stews and chilis. Beer cheese soups and beer-battered onion rings, fish tacos, shrimp (everything, really…) are staples on brewpub menus. Of course, beer can chicken is a fun trick to perform on the grill during backyard barbecues. But why stop here? Considering the impressive breadth of craft brews available these days, it’s a shame we don’t experiment cooking with beer more often.

Beer recipes are super versatile: Use brews in to bake, braise, and simmer they can add flavor and depth to sauces, marinades, and brines. A lager can stand up to rich meats, while a stout can add a subtle hint of chocolate to desserts. To put it another way, beer is bidding to go beyond soups and batters.

“For us, cooking with beer is all about exploring great beers and their flavors in new ways—bringing a beer’s complex flavor profile into food,” says Warren Berkey, the co-founder of Beer Belly. The Instagram account is devoted to the art of cooking with beer, spiking chorizo queso with a hazy IPA and drawing on the roasted caramel flavors of a porter for the base of slow-braised short ribs.

Here, chefs and recipe creators share with us their favorite beer recipes. These dishes range from chicken wings marinated in a citrus IPA to pork chops brined in a hefeweizen to a sour beer compote perfect for drizzling over ice cream.

A Salute to Women in Beer and Their Amazing Brews - Recipes

Two identical sets of hops were shipped to our 15 voting teams. They worked either in a group or individually and created their own ideal blend selections using the first set. They were to experience and evaluate each hop while keeping notes of their favorites and which complement each other. Their team then narrowed down and submitted one recommended hop blend recipe to Yakima Chief Hops by providing a percentage breakdown of 4-6 different varieties which they believe will yield a consistent and delicious final product!

Yakima Chief Hops’ sensory team collected the feedback and recorded the 15 recipes. YCH honed in on the most desired varieties and blends when evaluating each voting team’s feedback and ideal blend. They considered a wide variety of components to create the top 3 blends, including the most popular varieties, combinations and percentages. This created the most efficient process, and ensures a truly collaborative blend that considered all components of a recipe.

The teams then used their second set of hops to (re)create Blend A, Blend B and Blend C to cast their final vote. Are you excited yet.

On October 7 at 4:00pm PST, we will go live as the 15 teams and Yakima Chief Hops dive into the blend recipe creation and listen as our voting teams share their feedback about their selections. Please join us!

Sue Rigler is the Pink Boots Society Collaboration Brew Day Coordinator and the Arizona Chapter Co-Leader

The Pink Boots Society and D.G. Yuengling & Son , Inc. are excited to introduce the 2020 recipients of the Yuengling Women in Brewing Scholarships! Both scholarship recipients will receive up to $12,500 to further their education through one of these four programs: the University of the Sciences Brewing Science Certificate, the Cincinnati State A.A.S. in Brewing Science (with optional Sales & Marketing certificate), the Siebel Institute Concise Course in Brewing Technology, and eCornell University ’s Women in Leadership Certificate. Each of these programs work to build on technical and leadership skills, as well as brewing education.

Lauren Stone, of Left Hand Brewing Company in Colorado, has been in the brewing industry for four years. She began as an intern on a ten-barrel system developing comprehensive knowledge of the brewhouse and cellar. After her internship, she moved to a thirty-barrel brewhouse with a three-barrel pilot system. During Lauren’s two-and-a-half year period at this brewhouse, she worked her way from assistant brewer to head brewer. While she was in this role, a number of her recipes took home state awards! When Lauren moved to Left Hand Brewing Company, she was one of the quickest team members to make it through the company’s brewer certification program.

As someone who has been in a leadership role already, Lauren is looking forward to the Women in Leadership certificate to build on the skills she has already begun to develop, and she’s looking forward to exploring alternative ways to approach problems she has faced in the past. Lauren spoke about her passion for the Pink Boots Society and this course saying, “I think it’s extremely important to have women in leadership positions as role models to encourage other women to be a part of the beer world. I am passionate about sharing my knowledge and experiences with others, especially if it means it will have a positive impact on other women.” Lauren’s passion and goals for women and the brewing industry as a whole, are just a small portion of why she was selected for this fantastic opportunity.

The other recipient of the Yuengling Women in Brewing Scholarship is Caroline Wallace of the Texas Brewers Guild . Caroline has been with the guild for the past five years, making moves working up front and behind the scenes. She wears many hats, as the deputy director of a stat ewide organization, including social media, working conferences and festivals all the way to legislation outreach. Caroline has worked on implementing an annual statewide beer festival, and changing state beer law for the good of the breweries! She has had the honor of representing craft beer at a state and federal level. But before she began the fight for breweries everywhere, Caroline was the co-author on two history-based beer books and an avid byline for a women-run beer blog.

Caroline is also planning to take the Women in Leadership course through eCornell University. As a previous chapter leader, Caroline knows the value of the Pink Boots “pay-it-forward” requirement and is excited to be a part of sharing the knowledge with other women in the brewing industry. Caroline discussed this in her application by saying, “I believe this scholarship, in particular, comes with an invaluable opportunity and heightened responsibility to assist, inspire, and educate fellow members.” Caroline’s due diligence when looking into this course was just a fraction of why she was considered for this scholarship.

In addition to taking courses that make up the Women in Leadership certificate, each of the ladies will each receive a pair of pink steel-toe rubber boots when they fulfill the “Pay It Forward” requirement associated with their scholarships.

What is your role in the beer industry?

I’m the owner of Hoppy Beer Gear, Inc. in San Diego, Ca. Our focus in the craft industry is to assist with Branding, Merchandise and Marketing. We have clients throughout the country that we work closely with to increase their brand awareness and sales through Apparel, Merchandise, Promotional items and Design work. I absolutely love what I do and enjoy working with people to enhance their business and brand. I am also the merchandise and branding volunteer for Pink Boots Society. I’ve assisted in getting
new apparel and merchandise that can be purchased and proudly worn to support PBS members and women in the beer industry. I’ve also helped with designing some of the Collaboration Brew Day shirts and assisted in conferences.

How long have you been a Pink Boots Member?

I have been a member for about 4 years now and have been the Merchandise volunteer going on 3 years.

What, in your opinion, are the greatest benefits of the Pink Boots Society?

Pink Boots offers many benefits but if I were to call out a few then they would be the amazing scholarships and education support that they make available to all members. I would also say that the inspiration and support is amazing. To have what I would call a sisterhood in this day and age is so needed and helpful for us all to grow in an industry that we love.

What is your favorite thing about working in the beer industry?

The people would be my favorite thing. It is hard to explain but the friendships and quality of people that we are surrounded by is amazing. I truly feel like a part of a big family.

What was a great moment in Pink Boots / beer industry for you?

There are a lot of great moments but being at the Texas PBS convention last year was off the hook. I met so many women face to face and had so many inspiring conversations. I feel like everyone was there to share their experiences and lend a hand on resolutions. The information was very up and coming and the speakers were very knowledgeable.

Is there anything you would like to tell us about the work you do, or your involvements with Pink Boots?

My goal is to continue to volunteer with Pink Boots and lend a hand in any way that I can to continue to grow and positively affect more women in the industry. We have a lot of great things coming up and I think now more than ever we need to lift each other up and be a source of empowerment and strength. I take pride in being a part of Pink Boots.

What are you drinking right now (or later)?
I will be tapping into a fresh Double IPA- called Double Dank from Second Chance Beer Co. – delicious…

A fun fact or bit of trivia about you!
My husband and I LOVE live music and go to dozens of shows each year. Our favorite is our annual trip to Red Rocks in Colorado to see a full weekend of The String Cheese Incident. Great music, friendly people and an amazing venue!

The Pink Boots Society in conjunction with the Brewers Association is proud to announce the four recipients of the 2020 Craft Brewers Conference® scholarship. Each lady was chosen by a selection committee of experienced women beer professionals, from brewers to educators and positions in between.

Christine Bump of Big Elm Brewing Company was selected because being both the co-owner and head brewer means her position encompasses many different aspects. As someone who has attended a Craft Brewers Conference in the past, our committee believed she would be able to take advantage of the wide amount of range of educational topics offered at the CBC. With Christine’s position at Big Elm and being an active member in her local Pink Boots Chapter, Christine will have the opportunity to share what she has learned with a wide range of people in many different positions.

Christine joined the brewing industry in 2001 on a 3.5 barrel brewhouse and has worked for several different breweries and brew houses of different sizes. When she worked at Victory Brewing Company Christine ran the manual 25 barrel brewhouse and helped install and optimize a 50 barrel automated system. Christine took this knowledge and co-opened a brewpub in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. After several years the call of a production brewhouse was one Christine needed to answer and in 2010 Big Elm in Sheffield, Massachusetts was born.

Katey McNulty is the sensory specialist for Carlton and United Breweries in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. As an international member, the selection committee believed she will benefit from this opportunity both by actively attending CBC, and also getting the chance to experience American beer styles in their home territory. Katey’s background in the technical and analytical side of brewing will allow her to take a full on approach to the subjects being discussed at CBC.

At the age of three Katey had her first experience with the brewing industry. Her grandfather was a homebrewer and on bottling day she was tasked with being the brewer assistant and adding a teaspoon of sugar to each bottle of beer. Katey went on to receive her Bachelors of Science in Viticulture and Oenology (the study of wine and wine making). After working in a vineyard Katey eventually found her way back to beer. Katey believes, “Being able to attend the beer styles track at the Craft Brewers Conference 2020 would help me to differentiate the distinct beer styles The Brewers Association recognizes in their Beer Style Guidelines and will help me to be a more knowledgeable trainer in the field of sensory science and taste training.” This will get Katey closer to her goal of being a Master Cicerone and being a beer judge at world beer cup.

Tara Pattison of Farmers Brewing was selected for the 2020 Craft Brewers Conference due to her dedication to learn. Tara has traveled extensively to cultivate her knowledge of fermentation and CBC will be another place on the map to add to her bank of knowledge.

Tara Began her journey with brewing in 2013 as a home brewer and member of the Heriot-Watt brewing society and a member of the University of California Davis’s food science brewing club. Tara traveled to Germany as one of 75 young professionals to take advantage of a year long diplomatic cultural exchange, sponsored by Congress and Bunderstag. This opportunity included two internships where Tara rotated through every aspect of brewing, from milling to packaging. Tara is excited to take home what is learned and share it with colleagues and Pink Boots members alike. Tara plans on taking the quality track which will help grow the quality department at her brewery.

Ann Reilly of the New York City Brewers Guild was selected due to her recent leadership roll which will keep pushing the industry forward. Ann with be able to take advantage of both of the educational seminars but also have a clear focus on networking with other attendees and be able to see how such a large scale event is put on. Ann outlined a clear map of what she plans to take away and bring back to the Brewers Guild, her Pink Boots chapter and community.

Ann has been moving around the New York beer scene for several years from working beer festivals to creating beer related events all over the spectrum from home brew competitions label art exhibitions. Ann helped to relaunch and revitalize the local New York City Pink Boots chapter. Ann created a network for the women in beer in her community, “They provide truly ‘safe space’ forums where women in beer are able to speak openly. Places where inquiries can be made without judgment. Education can be offered, gained and expounded upon.”

The Craft Brewers Conference® is the number one environment in North America for concentrated, affordable brewing education and idea sharing to improve brewery quality and performance. Attendees can choose from twelve educational tracks beer styles, brewing operations, business export, government affairs, hospitality, ingredients and supplies, marketing & social media, planning, quality, safety, Sales & distribution, sustainability, and thought leadership. These are led by the top minds in the beer and business world.

In addition to attending Craft Brewers Conference® these four women will each receive a pair of pink steel toe rubber boots when the Pay it Forward requirement associated with the scholarship is fulfilled.

When I moved to a goat farm after the devastating Gatlinburg wildfires in late
2016, I never expected to fall in love… with craft beer. Ever since I started
working at a local brewery I have been enamored with beer and the brewing
process, so much that I started homebrewing and looking for scholarships in
brewing. Fast-forward a few years later and I have accepted a job in canning and
cellar work. This job came from a journey of volunteering, education, and most
importantly, beer.
I first started brewing at home like many others by making meads, beer and
anything else that I could ferment. I was captivated with the brewing process
instantly and felt in my gut that this is what I wanted to do for a living. I knew I
needed to go to school to learn more about brewing to build a solid foundation, as
most of my brewing came from a “feel” of brewing. As Charlie Papazian says in
The Complete Joy of Homebrewing, “It is about feeling your beer and letting your
beer feel you.” While this is a great skill set in craft brewing and a priceless
education, my scientific method behind beer was lacking. I heard that Siebel
Institute of Technology was the way to learn from many professional brewers, so it
was a course from them that I focused on. I needed to take the Siebel W1 course so
I could understand the technical part of brewing, to combine my hands-on learning
with mechanical learning, and most importantly to grow in my career.
I came upon the Pink Boots Society as I was searching for a scholarship at Siebel. I
Googled “scholarship for Siebel Institute of Technology” and the Pink Boots
Society website was the first thing to pop up. I went through the site and was so
excited that I stumbled upon this group of female beer professionals. I signed up
that very day, submitted a request for volunteering and started working on my
scholarship application for the Siebel Concise Course in Brewing Technology. I
felt that it would better my chances of getting a scholarship if I volunteered for this
organization, and I was right. I learned a lot in that first year about Pink Boots and
it helped kick start my volunteer work for the following years. I went on to
volunteer at the local Biere de Femme in Asheville, North Carolina and met many
women that I had only known through email. This experience as a whole taught me
that I could be a part of something big and work hard for something I believe in.
I ended up receiving the scholarship for the Siebel online course at the beginning
of 2019 and attended over the summer. It was a whirlwind of information and I
stayed glued to my computer.

The Siebel class really helped me see the bigger picture behind brewing and answered a lot of my technical questions about brewing on a commercial system. For those of you who have not looked into the course, it is basically an overview of everything in brewing, from water chemistry to cleaning kegs, in three months. If you are planning on taking the course, I would suggest taking an organic chemistry class before taking the Siebel online class. I was fortunate enough to take a craft beer chemistry class the year before and it
really helped me digest what the Siebel course was teaching me in the organic
chemistry lectures. There were many positives of this course. I really enjoyed it
because it was online and I could work on it on my schedule and not be tied to a
class time every week. I also enjoyed the weekly discussions with the class and
instructor about that week’s topic. The instructors were awesome and there to
answer whatever question you have. One drawback for me was that since I was
still bartending, I was not able to apply what I was learning in the physical right
away. But that is why I was taking the class: to get a working knowledge of
commercial brewing in order to get a foot in the door. So, I took extensive notes
and frequently talked to professional brewers I know about whatever subject I was
learning about that week. I ended up passing the class with an “A!”
The significant thing that I learned is that I could spend my whole life learning
about beer and still never know all there is to know. That is why I love this career
and industry so much.
The Siebel Concise course in Brewing Technology has changed my life. With this
education I have been able to land a job in a brew house doing canning and cellar
work. This opportunity also allows me to grow within the company so I can
eventually brew beer commercially. I would not have gotten this job without my
certificate and for that I am very thankful to Pink Boots Society. In my journey I
was supported by women who I did not even know, I found stories that I could
relate to, I found ideas for growing my career and my beer, and most importantly, I
felt like I had found family.

Taylor Paige King resides in Eastern North Carolina with her partner Jordy and her cat Sigi. She works at Mother Earth Brewing as a packing technician and is currently planning a brew for the Pink Boots Society collaboration brew day. She volunteers with Pink Boots Society as a national and North Carolina scholarship liaison. She also attends Nash Community College full time and will complete her degree this May. In her spare time she enjoys home brewing, farming and reading.

Craft Beer Is Perceived Worse If the Brewer Is a Woman, Study on Gender Bias Reveals

Participants were shown identical labels with only the name changed. That was often enough to sway opinions.

If the concept of craft beer was to be anthropomorphized into a person, it would probably be a guy with a beard. Yes, this is a stereotype, but it’s one based on experience: Even when Conan O𠆛rien visited the Samuel Adams brewery in Boston, he couldn’t help but comment on how many bearded guys he saw. Of course, it’s one thing to make the observation that more men work in craft breweries than women do. It’s another thing entirely to jump to the assumption that a man can inherently make a beer better than a woman can. And yet, according to a recent study from Stanford University, many people tend to make that logical leap whether they realize it or not.

In their paper “Gender Inequality in Product Markets: When and How Status Beliefs Transfer to Products,” a team of Stanford researchers ended up honing in on craft beer as a product with potentially high gender bias. They got there after surveying 150 people about the perceived gender of hundreds of products. Craft beer was rated as particularly masculine, and for their study, the researchers compared it to a product that was seen as equally feminine: cupcakes.

�ter establishing that craft beer is typically viewed as masculine, we wanted to test people’s assumptions about beer that had hypothetically been brewed by either a woman or a man,” co-author Shelley J. Correll told Insights by Stanford Business. 𠇊nd the same for cupcakes, which are rated as more feminine. Would people see a cupcake made by a man as inferior to one made by a woman?”

For their assessment, over 200 volunteers were shown identical labels with only the name of the brewer or the baker changed. As may have unfortunately been expected, a beer label with a woman’s name performed worse than the same one with a man’s name participants said they would pay less for it and had lower expectations about its quality and taste. However, cupcakes showed no significant difference between the male and female labels.

“What we’re seeing here is that woman-made goods for sale in male-typed markets are being penalized for no reason other than the fact they are made by women,” explained co-author Sarah A. Soule. “Imagine that these goods are being graded on a scale of A to F. What you find is that an equivalent product, when made by a woman rather than a man, is knocked down to an A- or a B+ while a man’s product consistently gets an A. The same isn’t true for man-made products that target women. So the result is that across the board, identical products are cumulatively disadvantaged purely because they are woman-made.”

Interestingly, however, the researchers pointed to two specific qualities that helped eliminate this bias: If the beer was labeled as having won an award at the Great American Beer Festival or if the participant had a level of expertise in beer, the factors leveled the playing field. “We find that individuals who have some degree of expertise or who really know about a product tend to focus on its features and don’t care whether it’s manufactured by men or women,” Soule stated. This isn’t to say that becoming a beer expert could make you less sexist, but it can make you less sexist about beer — which is a small step in the right direction.

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Christine Stevens | The Pink Boots Society Chapter Leader | Atlanta Chapter

The Pink Boots Society (PBS) focuses on assisting, inspiring, and encouraging women in the beer industry through education. Stevens and five other members started the Atlanta Chapter of the Pink Boots Society in July 2018. Their members include Rebecca Royster, co-founder of the Dames + Dregs Beer Festival and Zuri Coleman, brewer at Second Self. Christine Stevens, who works as a brewer at New Realm, started the chapter to unite women in Atlanta. The Atlanta chapter will assist members with education, whether it’s attending seminars, taking technical courses, or providing help with Cicerone® certification.

Christine Stevens, fourth from left, with the founding members of the Pink Boots Society Atlanta Chapter

But PBS is more than an organization focused on education and career advancement. PBS provides a way for women to meet and share ideas and information in a male-dominated field. “It’s important to maintain a network of people who you know in [the beer industry]. It’s empowering for women to meet each other … it can be isolating when you’re working with a lot of guys all the time,” says Stevens. Next up, the chapter is working on their plans for the Pink Boots Society Hop for International Women’s Day on March 8.

The craft beer landscape continues to shift as it grows and expands. Women are carving out their own space in the industry. In Atlanta, where the craft beer scene is still growing, women are already transforming the business into a more inclusive environment for everyone, which will bring more lovers of well-crafted ales and lagers to the table.

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  1. Dairamar

    We speak.

  2. Kyrell

    a bad idea

  3. Meldrik

    hmm ... well, this is already extreme ...

  4. Ordsone

    His words are very good

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