Pink boots and beer: supporting women in the brewing industry
March 12, 2018 09:17 AM
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - In early April, several Albuquerque breweries will add a unique brew to their taps.
“It's a special blend that a bunch of the members of the society got together and created,” said Skye Devore, a member of the New Mexico chapter of the Pink Boots Society (PBS).
PBS is a national nonprofit that aims to inspire and educate women in the beer industry. Monica Mondragon started the New Mexico chapter in 2014.
“We're having more and more women coming up in the industry and it's a good career advancement, career builder, for them to keep us all together and networking,” said Mondragon.
Back then, the group consisted of just Mondragon, Devore, and one other member. Today, they have about 20 members. The chapter includes local brewers and some students of CNM’s Brewing and Beverage Management program.
"We do a lot of fundraising for our monthly scholarships that all of our members can apply for every month," said Mondragon.
Friday morning, the group got together at Tractor Brewing to get started on the 2018 Collaboration Brew that all the PBS chapters make.
"This year everyone is using the same hops,” said Devore.
She says this year’s creation is a session IPA. Part of the proceeds for each pint sold will go back to the Pink Boots Society, helping them support women in the male-dominated field of brewing.
“It's just to help each other out and mentor each other,” said Mondragon.
The women meet about four times a year and network with chapters across the globe.
"I recently became friends on Facebook with a girl in a society who makes glitter beer and I'm very excited about glitter beer,” said Devore. “So I think that's the kind of thing that you miss out if you're not connecting with other women in the industry."
Devore says men in the brewing industry are often welcoming and supportive of women brewers now, but she didn’t always feel that way.
“I have to say when I started in craft like ten years ago it was the boy's club, you know, and you were not included in the conversation all the time but it's gotten so much better,” said Devore.
Anyone interested in joining the group or finding out when its newest creation will be on tap can follow the New Mexico chapter on Facebook.
Updated: March 12, 2018 09:17 AM
Created: March 12, 2018 06:23 AM
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