By Gail Oberst
Women in pink boots naturally attract attention, but in September, the video cameras were rolling, and not because of footwear.
The all-woman traveling video crew from Heartfelt Productions’ Empowerment Project showed up last month to interview and film the work of the women brewers and beer industry representatives of the Pink Boots Society. The society’s members staged a collaboration brew day at McMinnville’s Heater Allen brewery.
Sarah Moshman and Ashley Hammen said their small production company is touring the nation in search of inspirational women to feature in their video production. Teri Fahrendorf, one of Oregon’s first women brewers and one of the founders of the Pink Boots Society, invited the company to the Pacific Northwest Chapter’s event hosted by Lisa Allen, assistant brewer at Heater Allen. The group of nearly 20 women used Heater Allen equipment to brew a Sticke Altbier, a dark, strong, malty and roasty beer. Fahrendorf’s employer, Country Malt, donated ingredients.
"Sticke means secret in German, and the first Sticke was a mistake but the beer was so popular it became a traditional style of altbier,” said Lisa Allen. “It is fermented cool and maintains a bit of fruitiness on the nose. It is a special beer that is only released twice a year, including each November. Since we are brewing this for our Nov/Dec fundraiser Party, and Sticke is a rare style among craft beers, I thought it would be a great style for the gals to brew together."
The public will get a chance to taste and purchase the beer during a public holiday fundraiser to generate money for the Pink Boots Society Scholarship Fund. The Pink Boots Society is throwing a public holiday fundraiser party with a goal to raise $3,000 for the society’s education fund. The fundraiser is in December. In addition to selling the Sticke Alt the women brewed in September, there will be food and a raffle with lots of prizes, according to Emily Engdahl, Pacific NW Regional Meeting Co-Coordinator.
The Pink Boots Society is an international nonprofit charity that aims to empower women beer professionals. More than 900 people now belong to the group.
For more information about Pink Boots, visit the website, www.pinkbootssociety.org.
For more information about the Empowerment project, visit the website, http://heartfelt-productions.com.
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