Female brewers at Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) are joining colleagues across the industry to celebrate the 2021 Pink Boots Brew Day by releasing a collaborative beer.
Timed to coincide with International Women’s Day on Mar. 8, a team from KPU’s brewing and brewery operations diploma program will join other local Metro Vancouver breweries at Farm Country Brewing in Langley to release their beer for the international brewing day event organized by the Pink Boots Society.
Brewing Instructor Martina Solano Bielen and second-year student Rebecca Deil led a group of first and second-year female KPU brewing students in creating the beer along with legendary brewing instructor Nancy More, who was the first female brewmaster in North America
"In an industry where women are sadly under-represented in brewing and technical roles, events like the Pink Boots Collaboration brews give women brewers an opportunity to get together, use their creative and technical skills, and build a community of women brewers,” says More. “One of the things stopping women from entering the industry is that they rarely see themselves in the brewing workplaces. These events remind them that they are welcome and do belong in the brewhouse!”
The KPU Brew Pink Boots beer is a heavily dry-hopped saison brewed with a special ‘Pink Boots blend’ of hops from Yakima Hops featuring citrus and herbal aromatics. Members of the Pink Boots Society, an international non-profit organization that supports female beer professionals, develop the special blend each year at their annual meeting at the Great American Beer Festival. A variety of grains were used in the recipe to create a smooth mouthfeel, including barley, wheat, rye and triticale.
“We named our beer Roze Klompen – Flemish for pink clogs – as a reference to both the Pink Boots Society and the traditional wooden shoes worn by farmers in Belgium. It’s also a nod to Dageraad Brewing, who donated the triticale for our brew and inspired us to choose a Belgian style. We dedicate this beer to females in the brewing industry and female farmers who have cultivated the wide range of grains featured in this beer,” says Solano Bielen.
A total of eight women, including instructors and students, participated in making the brew at KPU’s teaching brewery located on its Langley campus.
“For me, the most rewarding and empowering part of the brewing industry has always been the collaborative aspect,” says Deil.
“Access to this kind of opportunity is something that I truly value as a student and a brewer. Co-leading this project with my instructors was very exciting and allowed me to continue to learn from Martina and Nancy while sharing my knowledge with others. Being able to strengthen connections with other women in my community and industry while creating something we are proud of is very special. Particularly with this group of women who have fresh insight, passion, and vision.”
“This collaboration between the Pink Boots Society and our students and instructors is a great opportunity to highlight women in brewing,” says Dr. Elizabeth Worobec, dean of the Faculty of Science and Horticulture at KPU. “We’re proud of our students, instructors, and alumni who have forged a path for even more women to enter the brewing industry.”
The KPU Brew Pink Boots beer will be available by the glass at Farm Country Brewing at #5-20555-56th Avenue in Langley, B.C. on Monday, March 8 starting at 1 pm as part of the first-ever Langley Women of Craft Beer Tap Takeover.
On Friday, March 12, the KPU Brew Pink Boots beer will be available for growler fills at KPU’s Langley campus brewery from 1-6 p.m. at 20901 Langley Bypass. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Pink Boots Canada chapter’s scholarship and education fund.
For more information about the brewing program, visit kpu.ca/brew.