Birth of a Community.
The founder of The Pink Boot Society, Teri Fahrendorf, is a ‘renegade and pioneer’ in the craft-brewing industry.
She started as an intern brewer in 1988, and after a year of working in the industry, she received her first paid job.
After 19 years which was mostly spent as a Brewmaster at Steelhead Brewing Company, Teri decided to take a once-in-a-lifetime road trip. It was 2007 when she packed her bags, loaded up her truck and trailer, pulled on her pink boots (which she wore when brewing and was given to her by her mother-in-law) and set out to visit brewing peers to brew with them. On her ambitious road trip across the country, she connected to 71 breweries and brewed with 38 of them.
While on her journey, Teri met about 60 young women brewers. It soon became clear that these women felt alone as the only woman brewer in their beer world and they were eager and curious to connect to each other.
Teri promised to post the list of the women brewers she met on her journey after she arrived home to Oregon. Teri realized she could give back to the industry that she loved so much by connecting and mentoring women brewers and others like them who aspired to be in the beer industry.
Teri explains in her blogs that she thought to call her list of women she met in the beer brewing industry as the “List of Women Brewers” but felt that title was just too boring. Then she thought of the pink boots she had worn every day of the trip. Picturing the organization of jolly older women who went out to party in red hats, called the ‘Red Hat Society’, sparked Teri to coin her list of woman brewers as the ‘Pink Boots Society’.
Today, the Pink Boots Society is an international nonprofit community of women beer professionals with a focus on education. With over 1,800 members worldwide, The Pink Boots Society raises money to help women beer professionals further their careers. With two national meetings in the United States each year, PBS creates camaraderie, networking opportunities and offers seminars to further education in the beer industry. Pink Boots Society is no longer just an organization of brewers, but an alliance of woman beer professionals especially in creating craft beer.
The mission of The Pink Boots Society is to assist, inspire and encourage.
“We are the female movers and shakers in the beer industry. We get the beer brewed and fermented with the highest possible quality. We also own breweries, package the beer, design beers, serve beers, write about beer, and cover just about any aspect of beer, and we are all women. Most importantly, we teach each other what we know through our own seminar programs, and we help each other advance our beer careers by raising money for educational scholarships.”
I—Integrity & Inspiration
B—Beer & Brewing
O—Open Exchange of Ideas
Read Teri’s Blog here > RoadBrewer.blogspot.com