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Did you join your fellow female beer professionals for a day of collaboration and camaraderie on March 8th for our second annual worldwide International Women’s Collaboration Brew Day? If not, you can still help out with the fundraising for Pink Boots Society and many local charities around the world by buying pints of Unite Pale Ale and raising a glass with your fellow supporters and revelers.

Brainstormed by the brewsters of Project Venus in the UK, and promoted by Denise Ratfield of Pink Boots Society, over a hundred women donned their pink and various hued boots to brew at approximately 70 breweries that day. There are photos galore on Facebook and Twitter at #IWCB. Watch for continuing updates as Unite Pale Ale gets tapped. Exact numbers of brewsters and breweries will be forthcoming in this space.
If you participated and you need to send the funds you raised to Pink Boots Society, please donate below.

If you prefer to snail mail a cheque in US Funds, please make it out to Pink Boots Society and mail to:
Pink Boots Society
4784 N Lombard Street
Unit B, PMB 200
Portland, OR 97203  USA
All USA businesses will receive a donation receipt with Pink Boots Society’s Tax-ID, as all donations are tax-deductible. Our PBS Tax-ID is 80-0345318. Please state who needs to receive the receipt when you make your donation. Your generous donation is what makes our PBS Scholarship Program possible. We sent six women beer professionals back to school in 2013, and we will have at least that many scholarships available in 2014. Thank you!
The beer we all brewed was called Unite Pale Ale, and it was formulated such that every Brewster who wanted to participate was able to put her creative personality into her version. Here’s the recipe:
Unite Pale Ale Collaboration Brew Recipe
4% pale session beer with a universally available hop
EBC: 10
IBU: 25
ABV: 4%
Late hop: Cascade (US/UK/NZ/German)
For this event, we as brewsters wanted to raise the awareness of women in the brewing industry. We are dedicated brewers, making top quality beer and we want to make a difference in how beer is promoted and perceived around the world.
As part of this event we wished to donate proceeds of the beer’s earnings to charities, the Pink Boots Society and another charity of the brewers’ choice. The Pink Boots Society is a USA-based 501(c)3 nonprofit organization with an international membership, and helps women further their beer careers through scholarships and the educational programs PBS provides. The second charity could be of the brewers’ choice, making the beer more meaningful to her or his local consumers.
Learn more about Project Venus here: http://www.projectvenus.co.uk/
Worldwide map of participants:  http://bit.ly/1cVZLhf 
This idea originated with Sophie de Ronde of Brentwood Brewing Company, Essex, UK who was also the initial event organizer. Sophie is a member of Project Venus UK & Eire, who are also Pink Boots Society members. Project Venus was founded by Sara Barton, owner and Brewmaster of Brewster’s Brewery in Grantham, UK. She was the first woman winner of the coveted UK Brewer of the Year Award, given by the British Guild of Beer Writers.
The International Event Organizer is Denise Ratfield of Stone Brewing. Denise is also the Pink Boots Society – Social Media Committee Chair.

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Are you participating? Let us know!

    Pink Boots Society membership is required, and it’s free to any woman beer professional worldwide. Be one of us! Sign up here: http://pinkbootssociety.org/membership/