For International Women’s Day (March 8th), why not hoist a pint in honor of women working in the beer industry? Actually, raise a toast to all women everywhere, but do it with a beer brewed for the occasion. The Pink Boots Society encourages you to find and enjoy beers brewed by its members. A lot of beers have already been brewed, and some beers are getting brewed today. Some are collaborations, and some are brewed by the women of a single brewery.
The stated mission of the Pink Boots Society is to assist, inspire, and encourage women and non-binary individuals in the fermented/alcoholic beverage industry through education. There are local chapters across the nation, including here in Washington. The Seattle chapter is brewing a beer at Bickersons Brewhouse as I write this (picture at top of post).
Below I provide a list of beers and events. It is not comprehensive. It’s just what I could find on social media and in my inbox.
Pour Decisions/Crucible Brewing
Crucible Brewing’s Pour Decisions taproom in North Seattle – “Join us to toast the wrap of the Seattle Pink Boots Collaboration brews and the celebration of International Women’s Day with the @pinkbootsseattle Official Tap Takeover at Pour Decisions (@pourdecisionsseattle )! Enjoy these 100% women-brewed creations by Seattle and Pacific Northwest Breweries.
- Crucible Brewing, @cruciblebrewing: Full Mooney AF hoppy lager
- Bosk Brew Works, @boskbrew : New Zealand pils
- Flying Bike, @flyingbikecoopbrewery : Blood Moon, a hazy blood orange IPA
- Pike Brewing, @pikebrewing : Stronger Bonds DIPA
- 2 Towns Cider @2townscider The Baddie cider
- AND MORE!!!
Aslan Brewing celebrates today at the Aslan Depot in Bellingham, including the release of Frauenbier. The women of Aslan got together to create a beer dedicated to every woman that has helped shape Aslan into what it is today, and to all the under-represented folks in this industry that have helped create a more inclusive place for all to work in. The name of this beer is Frauenbier. Frauen” meaning “women” and “bier” meaning beer, this schwarzbier is light, roasty, and approachable.
We’d like to introduce you to Stronger Bonds, Pike’s Pink Boots beer for 2023. This juicy double IPA has notes of guava and passionfruit supported by a light malt body. Utilizing multi-layered hop additions and techniques, it is light gold in color with a medium hop bitterness.
Alpha Female, Double India Pale Ale, ABV 8.1% IBU 65
“A double IPA brewed to exclusively highlight the Pink Boots Hop Blend. With a simple malt backbone, this beer is brewed to allow the floral hop aromas with notes of tropical fruit and citrus. Crafted in support of the Pink Boots Society and the women who brew, sell, pour, and drink craft beer! Release party at 5:00 on Wednesday, March 8th at Mike’s Tavern in Cle
“This year’s Pink Boots beer is Rock The Boat DIPA! Developed by brewer Tina, with help from the women in the taproom, Rock the Boat is modern west coast double IPA brewed like an old school IPA.”
“The recipe includes a generous amount of modern fruity hops in addition to the Pink Boots hop blend, making an approachable and very drinkable DIPA with aromas of tangerine, ripe pineapple and peach, and flavors of papaya and citrus sprinkled with dankness. At first sip you’ll experience a smooth bitterness of yesteryear that soon evaporates off your tongue, leaving you yearning for another taste.”
100% of proceeds will be donated to these three organizations:
Seattle chapter of Pink Boots Society
Na’ah Illahee Fund
Stronger Bond Double IPA — “Stronger Bonds boasts notes of guava and passionfruit supported by a light malt body. This juicy double IPA is fermented with a thiolized yeast strain, unlocking aromatics not normally expressed in regular fermentation. Utilizing multi-layered hop additions and techniques, it is light gold in color with a medium hop bitterness.”
“Pike’s head brewer, Leslie Shore, used Amarillo, HBC 843, Idaho 7, Mosaic, YCH Pink Boots Blend ’22, and Sabro hops to create Stronger Bonds. 8.2% 4 SRM 35 IBU”
7 Seas Brewing
7 Seas Brewing Mosaic Maiden Blonde Ale: International Women’s Day Brew. “Bright golden in color with a light yet smooth body, this Blonde Ale is refreshingly fruity on the nose with a crisp, snappy finish. Mosaic Maiden Blonde Ale was a product created and brewed by ladies of 7 Seas in part of International Women’s Day! 5.0% ABV. ~25 IBU”
“You can find Mosaic Maiden on draft at both taprooms starting March 8th, the Strawberry Watermelon Nitro Blonde Ale at the Tacoma taproom staring March 8th, and the Cask Creation Orange Blonde Ale ONLY March 10 at the Tacoma taproom!”
WHO RUN THE WHIRL? GIRLS. “Here at our women-owned company, women proudly drive the development, brewing, and packaging for every beer we make. So for Women’s History Month this year, we decided to release a beer that proudly celebrates a team where women hold leadership roles in every department.”
“They created this Pale Ale to challenge the bias that brewing is a male profession and because we envision a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive future for the entire industry. We also wanted to create something delicious. Brewed with Pale, Pilsner, and Crystal malt and hopped with a combination of Amarillo, Cashmere, Mosaic, and Simcoe, this beer is fragrant, fruity, and just plain fun.”
Spice Queen — “We are proud to be releasing this year’s Fremont Women Brewed beer, Spice Queen on Wednesday at the Urban Beer Garden. Spice Queen is a spice witbier that was created, brewed & packaged by the Women of Fremont with lot of love. We are proud to be partnering with @newbeginningsendingdv on this release. A portion of the proceeds of this beer will go to New Beginnings to help them in their fight to end Domestic Violence. Come join us at the UBG on Wednesday, March 8th at 4 pm to celebrate International Women’s Day with us and the official release of Spice Queen. Because Women Matter!”
Bosk Brew Works
Womensplainer Pilsner – “A Pink Boots Collaboration and New Zealand Style Pilsner. The use of Pilsner malts such as Dextra Pils give the beer and light straw color, and dense white head. The star of the show, however, are the hops. Locally sourced Magnum, Loral, Ekuanot and , HBC 586 hops provide a myriad of tropical, floral, citrus, and stone fruit flavors and aromas.”
Boundary Bay Brewery
We stopped by @fairhaven_stonesthrowbrewery a few weeks ago to see the Women’s Brews Day collaboration between @pinkbootsbham and @letsshiftgears! This brew, She-D-A Women’s collaboration CDA will be on tap and available at Stones Throw tonight at 5pm! $1 from each pint sold will go towards Pink Boots Bellingham and Shifting Gears! Here’s to all the women at Boundary Bay and in our brewing community that make us who we are!