The ladies of the Western Pennsylvania Chapter of Pink Boots Society once again came together over the brew kettle at Rock Bottom in the Waterfront Saturday morning. Their mission: to create yet another kick-ass beer for International Women’s Collaboration Brew Day, an annual event that gathers PBS chapters and female brewers from around the world together to showcase their talents and bring a brand new beer to life.
This year, the Pittsburgh Pink Boots ladies brewed a Gose, an unfiltered wheat beer made with 50-60% malted wheat, which creates a cloudy yellow color and provides a refreshing crispness and twang. A Gose has low hop bitterness and a complementary dryness and spice from the use of ground coriander seeds and a sharpness from the addition of salt.
More details about the beer will be released in the near future.
In addition to bringing another beer to life, Big Boots Brew Day is a time for team-building and camaraderie among the female side of Pittsburgh’s craft beer world. In an industry that’s predominantly male in regards to production, more and more women are chipping away at that overall dominance and proving their skills are nothing to ignore. Western PA PBS Chairwoman and Rock Bottom Head Brewer Meg Evans, working in lockstep with many of our city’s talented ladies who serve numerous roles in the industry, have shown that brewing a high-quality beer is not about sex. It’s about passion.
“I have been coordinating an all-female collaboration in Pittsburgh for three years and each year, I am impressed more and more with the camaraderie within our community,” Meg explained. “All the women who are involved in the collaboration are so eager to help in any way possible whether it be milling, cleaning, taking notes or graining out. It’s not just a brew day either. It’s also a day where fellow beer professionals are able to learn from each other and network with each other.”
Below you can read the press release prepared by Devon Murdoch of Pennies, Pints Pittsburgh and also discover some of the upcoming release dates for this year’s collaboration beer.
PINK BOOTS SOCIETY OF WESTERN PA BIG BOOTS DAY PRESS RELEASE
by Devon Murdoch – Pennies, Pints, Pittsburgh
The Pink Boots Society of Western PA chapter will be participating in the International Women’s Collaboration Brew Day, commonly referred to as Big Boots Brew Day. On Big Boots Brew Day, Pink Boots chapters, members, breweries, and supporters join forces for an epic day of brewing, all done by the female professionals in their local beer industry. This is the Pink Boot’s Society largest annual funding event.
The Pittsburgh chapter will be convening at Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brewery in the Waterfront on March 5th, to brew up our local version of a Gose ale.
“A Gose is a top-fermented beer that originated in Goslar, Germany. It is brewed with at least 50% of the grain bill being malted wheat. Dominant flavors include lemon tartness, an herbal characteristic, and a strong saltiness (the result of either local water sources or added salt) Gose beers typically do not have prominent hop bitterness, flavors, or aroma. The beers typically have moderate alcohol content of 4 to 5% ABV.”
The Western PA chapter is brewing a Gose with a “margarita feel” with hints of spice and lime. This brew will be a kettle soured beer, which means the beer will be spiked with lactobacillus to lower the pH, and give that distinct tart flavor.
The PBS members are looking to brew up a lot more than just beer. The goal of this national fundraiser is to raise awareness of the growing number of women who work in the beer industry. And, hopefully brew up women’s curiosity when it comes to sampling different beer styles. Ultimately, Bog Boots Brew Day wants to foster a sense of community support, education outreach, collaboration, and charity on behalf of the chapter’s communities.
When: March 5th, 2016 starting at 7am
Where: Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brewery
Who benefits: Profits from Pink Boots Brew Day and events and fundraisers using the Pink Boots names and logos will be used to fund PBS’s scholarship and operational budget for the year.
Release Venues and Dates: Rock Bottom on March 30th, Smallman Galley on April 7th, Pipers Pub on April 12th, and Bocktown Beer & Grill during Pittsburgh Craft Beer Week on April 19th.
Information about PBS of Western PA
PBS Western PA chapter currently has 15 active members, and continues to grow as Pittsburgh learns more about the benefits of this group. The PBS Western PA chapter is chaired by Meg Evans, Head Brewer at Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brewery in Homestead. Krystle Eaton of Grist House Brewing Co. is the group’s Treasurer, and Public Relations is headed by Devon Murdoch, blogger for Pennies Pints Pittsburgh. The members of the PBS Western PA chapter look forward to growing with our region’s craft beer scene as well as shaping its bright future. Check out what the ladies have been up to at www.pinkbootswpa.wordpress.com