(l-r) Allison Albert, Natasha Mintz, Kristin Boswell, Angela Grittman, Julie Perschall, Nikki Turrey
Louisiana now has its own local chapter of the Pink Boots Society
, a nonprofit organization dedicated to support female beer professionals nationally and globally. Cities and states that have a critical mass of women in the industry gather in local chapters, and Louisiana is now at that point. (Disclosure: the author is a member of both the local and the larger organizations.)
The Louisiana group, spearheaded by the leadership of Wayward Owl taproom manager Angela Grittman, participated in the Pink Boots Society Big Boots Brew, a collective brewing day involving most of the worldwide chapters on March 8, which was also International Women’s Day.
Women from Wayward Owl, NOLA Brewing, Royal Brewery, and Parleaux Beer Lab worked together to brew a beer for the Big Boots Brew in collaboration with Wayward Owl, which provided the equipment and most of the ingredients.
The beer made by Louisiana’s Pink Boots, chosen by the parent organization and customized by the individual chapters, was a braggot, a honey beer. The women named it You Don’t Own Mead, and it was released at Wayward Owl in April 4 and at the Avenue Pub on April 8. The Avenue Pub was chosen as an event space to promote the beer and the chapter because of owner Polly Watts’ contributions to the growth of New Orleans’ beer culture.
You Don’t Own Mead still is on tap at Wayward Owl, with a percentage of the proceeds going to the fund Pink Boots Society and its educational programs.
The beer received a good reception. At 8 percent ABV, You Don’t Own Mead had a subtle booziness up front, with the lingering complexity of honey throughout and a dry finish.
The brewers also put some of the beer aside in a barrel to ferment with Brettanomyces yeast as an experiment, to be released at a later date, yet to be determined.