Local Breweries Team Up to Create Pink Boots Brew

The Special Beer Is In Honor of International Women's Day

A first-of-its-kind batch of beer is now brewing at Hoops in Canal Park.

It’s created by a group of brewers who hope to pay it forward on International Women’s Day.

Competitors don’t usually work together on one product; it’s about a rare as a brew house over-flowing with women.

But on a day to celebrate female empowerment who better than a pack of powerful women in the Northland’s craft brew industry to whip up a drink to cheers to?

“We’re making a dry hopped American pale ale,” said co-coordinator of the Duluth and Superior Barley’s Angel’s group,  Lissa Maki.

Women love beer just as much as men do, craft beer in particular,” said co-owner of Bent Paddle, Laura Mullen.

As more than a dozen ladies crowd into Hoops brew house, it was easy to see the impact women have the local beer scene.

There is a female head brewer at Hoops, and a female lead brewer at Earth Rider Brewing. There are also women on the administrative side of the Northland’s breweries.

“Bent Paddle is 50 percent women owned,” said Mullen. “That’s rare, but it’s growing and growing.”

Thursday’s brew is about empowering that movement, it’s called the Pink Boots Collaboration Brew Day.

There’s about 240 other female brews just like this one going on across the nation. Proceeds from all of the beers go to a fundraiser for women’s brewing education scholarships..

“So they can peruse further education in their brewing careers or sensory programs,” said Melissa Rainville, head brewer for Hoops.

Women just interested in the brew process also got to come out and give it a shot. The whole event is hosted by the Barley’s Angels, a Duluth and Superior women’s’ brewing group.

“It’s a mix of people coming together, a really good way to learn in a non-intimidating scenario,” said Maki.

The beer won’t be ready until next month, when the celebration of the lady brew is on tap on at Hoops April 2nd.

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