Breaking the ‘Glass Ceiling’ with Sacramento’s Pink Boots Society

In belated celebration of International Women’s Day, the SacFoodies team wants to shine a spotlight on the work of the Sacramento Chapter of Pink Boots Society, a non-profit created to assist and encourage women in the beer industry.

Craft beer is an overwhelmingly male-dominated industry and the Pink Boots Society, along with founder Teri Fahrendorf, is carving out a space for women working in the beer world. From its inception in 2007, the organization has helped women in the beer industry connect with each other, build mentor/mentee relationships and access educational opportunities. Pink Boots Society has chapters across the nation, and our very own Sacramento Chapter took part in the Pink Boots Collaboration Brew Day for this year’s International Women’s Day.

Local Pink Boots Society members met earlier this month at West Sac’s Yolo Brewing Company to create a collaborative brew in honor of the occasion. Their creation, single-batch “Glass Ceiling,” is a Vienna Lager brewed with Vienna and Munich malts and Tettnang hops and will be available at Yolo Brewing later this spring.

Women from other Sac breweries, local beer supply representatives and the UC Davis Master Brewers Program participated in the “Glass Ceiling” brew day. A portion of the sales from this batch will go towards Pink Boots Society’s non-profit educational efforts. When asked how they chose the name “Glass Ceiling,” Sacramento brewer Steph Messina stated:

“I wanted the beer name to speak for itself. Women can sometimes be shrouded in the haze of modern beer culture, and I wanted us to be able to give a friendly wave to the public. We’re here, and we’re making beer. You just might not know it.”

Cheers to our friends making a difference in beer, both in Sac and around the U.S.! The SacFoodies are excited to try “Glass Ceiling,” but we can’t promise not to shatter it once we’re done. 😉

To learn more about Pink Boots Society and their work in the beer industry, visit their site here.

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