The Pink Boots Society is a nonprofit organization dedicated to educating and connecting women who work in the beer industry. It also provides scholarships.
The Pink Boots Society uses social media to enable members to 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; the company's taproom manager Nikki Turrey; and bartenders Lindsy Greig and Nina Leone spearheaded the first Louisiana Pink Boots Society brewing event for employees at NOLA Brewing.
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 selected from breweries in each of the 50 states to showcase during American Craft Beer Week.
In other news, Michigan's 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.