Julie Pershall, Lindsy Grieg and Nikki Turry inspect the boil during a Pink Boots Society brew day.
The Pink Boots Society is a nonprofit organization dedicated to educating and connecting women who work in the beer industry, including brewers, writers, bartenders, servers, distributors, marketing professionals and others. The educational component provides scholarships for anything from a Cicerone Certification online test, which assesses beer knowledge, to a program at a brewing school, such as the Siebel Institute of Technology.
Pink Boots uses social media, through which members can seek advice and arrange meetings at professional conferences such as the Craft Brewers Conference and Great American Beer Festival.
NOLA Brewing Company’s new brewer, Julie Pershall, NOLA's taproom manager Nikki Turrey and bartenders Lindsy Greig and Nina Leone spearheaded the first Louisiana Pink Boots Society brewing event with NOLA Brewing employees.
The women brewed a smoked oatmeal porter based on a recipe distributed to breweries throughout the country by the Brewers Association. The association's goal is to have one beer from breweries in all 50 states to showcase during American Craft Beer Week.
In other news, Bell’s Brewery launches in Louisiana on May 9. In the New Orleans area, there are events at The Avenue Pub, The Bulldog Mid-City, Courtyard Brewery and World of Beer in Metairie on May 9. Bacchanal, Whole Foods Market in Metairie, Lager’s International Ale House and World of Beer in the Warehouse District hold events May 10. Cooter Brown’s Tavern, Ale on Oak, The Bulldog Uptown and Bayou Beer Garden hold festivities May 11.
Bell’s holds a second-line pub crawl on Frenchmen Street at 5 p.m. May 12. It visits Dat Dog, d.b.a., Blue Nile, 30/90 and Maison.