Women in Craft Beer | Meet the Women Leading the Austin Beer Community

Women in Craft Beer | Meet the Women Leading the Austin Beer Community

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Pink Boots Society Tap Takeover

Today, March 21st | Black Star Co-op | Event Details

Today marks the first time that Austin’s chapter of the Pink Boots Society is opening their private meeting to the public, hosting a special tap takeover at Black Star Co-op Pub and Brewery. Roger Corrales from Black Star organized the event, “I reached out to Pink Boots because as craft beer drinker we may be familiar with product but not with everyone in its production. Beyond that I believe it’s important to highlight the diversity of the people in our industry,” he stated.

I caught up with Caroline Wallace, Co-President of the Austin Chapter, to find out more about today’s event.

As a Pink Boots Tap Takeover, what can we expect?
Black Star Co-op Pub & Brewery approached Pink Boots Society Austin because they wanted to celebrate Women’s History Month by showcasing the women working in the craft beer industry here in Austin with this event. As a cooperatively owned brewpub with a strong focus on community and workers rights, an event focused on elevating the voices of women working in the Austin beer industry is a natural fit, and we look forward to sharing a beer with folks who come on out to drink some great beer and enjoy the company and camaraderie.

This event is unique for Pink Boots as it is open to the public, what do you want the public to know about the women behind the beer?
We have an amazing community of women working in the craft beer industry throughout Austin and around the state in a wide variety of roles. While most of our monthly Pink Boots Society Chapter meetings are focused on bringing this group together for closed educational and networking events we’re excited to do something a little different this month and open this particular event up to the public so folks can really come out and meet the women behind some of their favorite Austin breweries and beer institutions. While women are still underrepresented in the beer industry as a whole, we have some extremely talented, passionate women within our ranks who are working hard to change that dynamic and inspire other women (and underrepresented folks in general) to develop their passion for craft beer and pursue a career in this industry.

What’s on the horizon for Pink Boots Austin?
This year more than 200 breweries all over the world participated in Pink Boots Collaboration Brew Day, an annual event where women come together for International Women’s Day to brew a common beer style (or in this year’s case a beer style of the brewers’ choice using the new Pink Boots hop blend) and elevate the profile of women in the beer industry. Here in Central Texas, Hops & Grain, Vista Brewing (opening soon in Driftwood), Flix Brewhouse, and Middleton Brewing all held brew days. Kunstler in San Antonio, Southern Star in Conroe and Peticolas in Dallas also got in on the fun with brew days of their own. We are really looking forward to each brewery tapping their beers at their own unique events raising money for Pink Boots Society, and we’ll be working to see if we can get as many of them as possible under one roof so folks can try the beers side by side.

Tap List:

Hops and Grains – Zoe
Middleton – Garnet
Adelberts – Hibiscus Saison
Celis – Grand Cru
Oskar Blues – G’Knight
Independence – Stash IPA
Circle – Doppel Blur
Blue Owl – Little Boss
ZiIker – Coffee Milk Stout
4th Tap – Kung Fu Robot
Austin Beerworks – Fire Eagle
Last Stand – Citra SMaSH
Jester King – Cerveza Mezquite (Bottle)

Women in Craft Beer | Meet the Women Leading the Austin Beer Community

Women in Craft Beer | Meet the Women Leading the Austin Beer Community

Pam Catoe

Like most people, my love for craft beer started after college (once I could afford it!) and escalated quickly. I love being a part of the Austin beer culture and am always expanding my brew knowledge. I work in a high tech company here in town and love spending time with my kiddo, devouring a book and watching all things SciFi. Follow Me on Twitter @PamCraftBeerATX

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