Last Friday, just before the Craft Brewer’s Conference hosted the Great American Beer Festival’s awards ceremony, members of the Pink Boots Society gathered at Prost Brewing, located in the LoHi area of Denver, all thanks to the organizing efforts of the PBS Denver Chapter.
It was incredible to rub elbows with the women who have been actively changing the face and pace of the craft beer industry, such as Jen Jordan, brewer at Laughing Monk Brewing and Pink Boots Society President, Rachael Engel trans-woman and head Brewster at Bosk Brew Works and Tara Nurin, celebrated craft beer writer and author.
Tara shared excerpts of her newly released book, A Woman’s Place is in the Brewhouse, sharing triasl, tribulations and triumph of the female experience in the craft beer industry. The book takes readers throughout history, further proving that it was women who were the the brewers of the community. After all this time of men gaining success and notoriety in the brewing industry, we are finally coming back to a time that women are once again becoming relevant in the brewing world. (But damnit if we still don’t have a ways to go before we are met with equality.)
In fact, there are more breweries now than any other time in American history where women serve as founder, CEO, or head brewer at more than one thousand of them.
Following Nurin sharing an excerpt touching on the owners of Urban Growler’s struggle to secure financing from discriminatory bank lenders, craft beer mogul and one of many subjects in the new release, Julia Herz, formerly of the Brewer’s Association and currently spearheading Gray for Good – For All Womanhood™ initiative, lent the crowd some uplifting commentary and read an excerpt as well.
Much to Nurin, and the crowd’s surprise (myself included, considering I’m her social media guns for the campaign,) Herz busted out into a lyrical rhyme, celebrating her Gray for Good mission. (It appears in this music video, check it out if you are interested in going gray or supporting women who do!)
Special thanks to Pink Boot’s Denver chapter leaders Julie Rhodes, Emilie Stewart and Morgan Zamora for organizing the event, Prost Brewing for donating the space, Brouwerij Huyghe, Probrew, OnTap Credit Union and the North American Guild of Beer Writers for donating the food and beer!
If you are interested in learning more about becoming a member of Pink Boots Society, tap this link! Be sure to pick up your copy of A Woman’s Place is in the Brewhouse, (it officially releases tomorrow, September 21st!) and if you missed the winners of GABF, Ryan’s got ya covered in this blog post. Cheers!