A beer brewed by at least sixteen Indiana women back on International Women’s Day 2018 debuts at Tin Man, Evansville, Sun King, DT Indianapolis, on April 12, and at Four Day Ray, Fishers, on April 18. Even better, a portion of every pint and growler of Akala IPA sold benefits The Pink Boots Society, which funds scholarships to further educate its members in order to advance the careers of women in the brewing industry. Taxman (Bargersville), Scarlet Lane (McCordsville), Tin Man (Evansville), Black Acre (Indy-Irvington), Four Day Ray (Fisthers), Crasian Brewing (Brookston), Sun King (Indianapolis), a Round Town (Indianapolis), Girls Pint Out, and Cavalier Distributing were represented when the beer was brewed at Sun King.
WHERE, WHEN: Sun King Brewing, 135 N. College Ave., Indianapolis, 6-9 pm Thursday, April 12;
Tin Man Brewing, 1430 W. Franklin St., Evansville, IN, 6-9 pm Thursday, April 12.
Four Day Ray Brewing, 11671 Lantern Road, Fishers, IN, 6-9 pm Wednesday, April 18
THE BEER: During the 2017 Great American Beer Festival in Denver, Pink Boots Society members met with YCH HOPS staff to rub, smell and experience a selection of hop samples for the blend. The blend chosen includes Palisade®, Simcoe®, Mosaic®, Citra® and Loral®. The result is Akala, a White IPA, chosen by the Indiana female brewers with hibiscus added!
THE STORY: The Pink Boots Society® was created to empower women beer professionals to advance their careers in the Beer Industry through Education: teaching each other! Teri Fahrendorf started the PBS after a nearly 5 month, 12,600 mile road trip visiting 71 breweries and brewing at 38 of them. Teri started brewing back in 1989 with an unpaid position, brewed professionally for 19 years, and on the road trip met many women brewers who asked her if there are more females in the brewing industry. Pink Boots Society was born out of a goal to connect women brewers and move their education forward.
Today profits from Pink Boots Collaboration Brew Day, events and fundraisers are donated to the Pink Boots Society to fund scholarships and educational initiatives for women in the industry. Today the President of PBS is Laura Ulrich, originally from St. Louis, former employee of Odell Brewing, currently small batch brewer at Stone Brewing. Laura met Teri on Fahrendorf’s tour. According to Ulrich, after a brew day they headed out for a beer. Fahrendorf shared her thoughts on a society for women’s brewing with Ulrich, asked Laura what she thought of pink and, UIrich says, that is how the PBS got its name.
I can’t wait to support the women of Indiana brewing further with this new creation! There was a list of 230 breweries on the PBS web site and that only included the actual brewing locations for this world-wide brew. There must be nearly 1,000 females who’ve collaborated this year for variations all across the world!