Pink Boots Beer Is Coming
Celebrate women in brewing by raising a few pints of collaboration beer
This year's Pink Boots Collaboration Brews were done on March 8, which was also International Women's Day
I spent the morning of International Women’s Day (March 8) hanging with the Pink Boots brew team from Karl Strauss in La Jolla. They gathered there, as did so many other Pink Boots teams around San Diego that day, to brew a special beer that celebrates women in the beer industry.
Under the direction of Karl Strauss La Jolla Brewer Melissa Sanchez, a group of ten Pink Booters—all KS employees—took turns mashing in, doing the hop additions, and working all the other various stages involved in brewing their 7-barrel batch of Collaboration Brew Day beer. The La Jolla team wasn’t alone. Pink Boots President Laura Ulrich says 366 breweries from all over the country registered to participate in the collaboration event!
The Pink Boots Society, which boasts more than 2,500 members worldwide (98 members in San Diego), was created to assist and inspire women in the beer business. Its mission is to advance women’s careers through education. In addition to providing support for women beer professionals through meetings and educational seminars, Pink Boots Society also organizes public events designed to expand awareness and offers scholarships to members that are designed to enhance and advance career opportunities.
All kinds of beers of every style were brewed by Pink Boots groups on March 8, and many of them are just now becoming available (Eppig just released theirs). The Karl Strauss collaboration beer, which was also brewed at KS Anaheim, is a San Diego-style ESB called “Bitter In Pink.” It features a special Pink Boots hop blend of five different hops (sponsored by Yakima Chief Hops, which is an official partner) and grain from BSG (also an official sponsor).
Bitter In Pink ESB will be on tap at all Karl Strauss locations starting April 1.
For more information about Pink Boots Society, visit https://www.pinkbootssociety.org/.