On International Women’s Day, female brewers team up for special Pink Boots beer

Women in the beer industry — or who drink beer — are still a minority bunch, according to statistics from the Brewers’ Association.

We’re a passionate bunch, though.

One day a year, many of the industry’s women join forces to make a one-off beer. Pink Boots Society, a nonprofit whose mission is to raise the profile of women in the craft beer industry, organizes the Pink Boots Collaborative Brew Day around the country and the world every year on International Women’s Day, March 8.

On that day, a mix of female brewers, bartenders, sales associates and others — who might not even work at the brewery participating in the brew — create the beginnings of a beer together.

Vista, which is opening next month in the Texas Hill Country, held the Pink Boots brew day a few days early this week. A handful of women — including me and Vista’s co-founder, Karen Killough — teamed up with Vista head brewer Josh Watterson to make an easy-drinking Zwickle Pilsner, an unfiltered and unpasteurized German-style lager.

It’ll serve as one of the first tastes people will get of the destination brewery, though other beers are in the works as well. According to Killough, the special blend of hops provides a “a very fragrant aroma of citrus and pine. These were added as a dry-hop addition to accentuate the body without compromising the balance and drinkability.”