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Teri Fahrendorf
Portland, Oregon

Email: teri @ roadbrewer . com

Welcome to my website!

Content mainly consists of articles that I have written over my 25-year professional brewing & beer career. (1988-Present.) Articles may be useful to brewers wishing to expand their knowledge of brewpub brewing. See column at left for links.

Five New Articles: Not listed on links at left. The PowerPoint presentations are a little bare without my lengthy verbal explanations. Hope you find them interesting... (Warning--They are a little slow to load because they are full-color PPT files converted to PDF.)

Specialty Malt for Craft Brewers

Presented at several institutions including Spirits Institute of Puget Sound, Portland State University and Oregon State University. It touches on my "5 Families of Malt" categorizations. Created with photos and help from Robert Seggewiss, Great Western Malting's Master Maltster.

Managing Your Ingredient Supply Chain

I have given this class at both Oregon State University and at Portland State University. Both are excellent institutions and support Pink Boots Society with scholarships to their timely programs.

Creating A Community Out Of Thin Air

In February 2015 I spoke at the excellent Craft Writing Symposium at the University of Kentucky about my online experience with blogs, forums, websites, e-newsletters, and how I used those to create and build Pink Boots Society.

How to Estimate for your Forward Hop Contracts

At the request of some of my malt and hop customers, I wrote an article on how to estimate their brewery's future hop needs. New Brewer magazine published this article in the November-December 2011 annual Raw Materials issue.

Beer Vacationing

In 2012, I spoke at the first national Barley's Angels Womens Consumer Beer Conference on planning your Beer Vacation. Warning: Pictures are SLOW!

Advice Today & Everyday: "Brew like you mean it." Speaking of advice. This website is full of it (or full of something!) Be forewarned.

Read my secret on the Shortcut to becoming a Brewmaster.

Handy Links:
As I find new beer links I like, I will list them here:

Fal Allen's Extensive List of Beer Descriptors
BJCP List of Beer Terminology & Vocabulary
More Words to Describe Beer Flavors

Draft Beer Quality Manual

Mark Dorber's Cellarmanship & Real Ale
Tasting and Smell Diagrams

Birth of a Beer Community

Welcome to my world… I am a woman beer professional, and have been ever since I began my unpaid brewing internship in November 1988 (and then my first paid brewing job on March 1, 1989). That makes me practically a renegade Granny in the revolution of Craft Beer.

After 19 years as a Brewmaster, most of that at Steelhead Brewing Company, I quit to take an once-in-a-lifetime road trip, where I visited 71 breweries, and brewed at 38 of them. I called myself the Road Brewer and blogged my adventures at www.roadbrewer.com. During that trip, a community began to take shape: in the shape of a shiny pink rubber brewer's boot.

My goal was to visit my brewing peers and brew with them in their breweries. When planning the route, I connected the dots between breweries during the week, and between relatives on weekends. Since there were long stretches without dots, I asked the craft beer community to provide landing spots and email me if they wanted a visit. I continued to plug in the dots until I had breweries to visit and places to stay for the whole trip. My trip lasted 139 days (nearly 5 months) and 12,656 miles.

An interesting coincidence was that many of the breweries that invited me to visit employed young women brewers. When I arrived they set me to work alongside their female brewer, who I had not only never met before, I had never even heard of before. She had also not heard of me previously. In several cases we struck up an easy bond and quick friendship. It became clear to me that these young women had felt alone as the only woman brewer in their beer world. It was also clear that my story of being a Brewmaster for 19 years offered them a vision of what their own careers could aspire to. Suddenly at 47, I felt the call to give back to the beer industry that I loved so much, by mentoring these women and others like them.

At the first brewery where this happened the young woman brewer asked, "Teri, you tell me there are others like us… how many of us are there?" I promised I would try to find out as I made my trek across country. A few months into the journey later, another young woman brewer posed the same question. I was proud to provide an answer, "I've found 60 women brewers so far." Then she asked, "Who are they? I want to network with them; I want to talk to them." So I promised I would post the list on my website so she could have it.

While on this trip I met many brewers with greater experience than I had, and I met many who had less and needed my expertise. Several times I said, "Gee, I wish I could give you a copy of an article I wrote for New Brewer back in 1993" or some such, but I didn't have access to my published articles. So, with some wrangling to get my articles from home in Oregon, I was able to build this website while on the road. It contained my previously published articles, as well as articles I wrote from the road covering topics that I knew by heart, but had never written down.

This educational website provided the forum to publish my list of women brewers, and as I created the HTML list of names for the website I thought to myself, "Calling it "List of Women Brewers" is so boring. A sound byte (like Road Brewer) would be snazzier." So I thought of the pink boots I had been wearing everyday of the trip, and I thought of the Red Hat Society; the organization of jolly old ladies who go out to party in red hats, and I coined my list the "Pink Boots Society."

The story continues from there. Five years later we are an international nonprofit association of women beer professionals with a focus on education, with 850+ members worldwide. I am helped by many volunteers. We raise money for the scholarship program we intend to create to help women beer professionals advance their careers through education. We host two national meetings in the USA each year, one with an educational seminar program. And there are regional meetings in the US, UK, Argentina, Australia and soon in Germany and France. We are no longer just brewers, but you must be a woman beer professional and earn income from beer to join us.

To learn more, please see our website www.pinkbootssociety.org, and please buy a t-shirt or a cloisonné pin and support our scholarship fund http://pinkbootssociety.org/SHOP.htm.

Thank you for reading the Pink Boots Society story!

Sincerely,
Teri Fahrendorf
President & Founder

With inspiration and love for PBS members Laura Ulrich, Whitney Thompson, Jamie Martin, Dee Dee Germain, Gretchen Schmidhausler, Eileen Martin, Carol Stoudt, Judi Keene, Beth Marcus, Christine Parkes, Laurie Jeffries, Stacey Roth, Renee Greff, Deb Carey, Teri Osterfeld, Katie Frye, and any other women beer professionals I met on my trip.

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Road Trip Blog: www.roadbrewer.com
Women in Beer & Brewing: www.pinkbootssociety.com