About the Author:
How I Became A Brewer
My Worst Brewing Experience
Teri in the News
Rain Dragon Studio
Artists on Amherst
Articles by the Author:
Hiring the Best Brewers
Schedule for Opening Day
My Burn Injury
Specialty Malt-Presentation
Specialty Malt-Handout
My Brewing Career
Ingredient Supply Chain
Creating A Community
Forward Hop Contracting
Australian BrewCon
Beer Across America 2007
Grain Handling Systems
7 Secrets of Brewpubs
5 Brewpub Success Tips
The Jockeybox
Going Pro in the Beer Biz
1999 CBC Safety Panel
Brewing Diagrams
Server Beer School
Increasing Beer Tourism
Closed Pressurized Fermentation
Shortcut to Brewmaster
Dialogs & Essays:
Advice for Future Brewers
Extreme Brewing Dialog
Definition of "Brewmaster"
Opinions & Advice
Tools & Formulas:
Brewpub Lab Manual
Operations Manual
The Mash Hoe
The Brew Clock
Simple Brewlog Template
IBU Formula
Alc by Vol. Formula
Calorie Calculations
Recommended Reading
Fal's Beer Descriptors
More Articles & Recipes:
Bread Class Handout
Bread-Making Advice
Root Beer Production
Food Recipes
Beer Recipes
Women and Beer:
Pink Boots Society
Pink Boots Society Story
Road Brewer Trips:
2007 Road Trip Blog
2007 Trip Itinerary
2007 Trip Statistics
1999 Teardrop Adventure
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Brewmaster, Road Brewer, Founder of Pink Boots Society

In 2016, Teri Fahrendorf arrived at the milestone of being a beer professional for exactly half of her entire life. She was an award-winning brewmaster for 19 years, then a gypsy brewer, then a beer store clerk, then a malt & hops sales rep, and now circling back Teri is brewing again.

Currently Teri is happy to be the first Malt Innovation Center Manager for Great Western Malting Company in Vancouver, Washington, where she brews on a tricked-out PLC-controlled dual-kettle one-barrel brewery. In 2017 the Malt Innovation Center expanded to include a 150 KG pilot malting unit.

Teri's beer career includes surviving her first brewery employer's business shutdown, and surviving third degree burns and skin grafts to 11 percent of her body. (She'll show you her scars if you ask. Read about it at www.terifahrendorf.com/burn-article.htm.) She worked on six start-up breweries for her various employers, including building four brewpub breweries from scratch, one R&D brewery from scratch, and upgrading one brewpub brewery. In total she has worked for four brewing companies if you include her unpaid internship. Over her original 19 years as a Brewmaster, Teri hired and/or trained 51 brewers, many of whom went on to great acclaim and fame. [Say hello to my peeps Jamie Floyd and Shaun O'Sullivan. If we ever work together again, I'll be working for THEM! ;-) ] Her highlight as a regional brewmaster for Steelhead Brewery in Eugene, where she spent 17 of those 19 years, included supervising 11 brewers at 5 brewpub breweries in 2 states at once.

With the good fortune to be in the right place at the right time (except for that pesky burn accident), Teri has been able to surf the wave of the craft beer revolution since she first went pro in 1988. She has enjoyed many "Firsts" in her career including first woman craft brewmaster west of the Rockies, first in California, first in Oregon; first woman craft brewmaster who wasn't an owner and was hired for the job; first Oregon Brewers Guild Treasurer, first woman Oregon Brewers Guild board member; first woman Class President at the Siebel Institute of Brewing Technology, and probably other firsts that she can't remember right now.

And since apparently people want to know... to her knowledge she was the third woman craft brewmaster in the USA in 1988. (The first two were, in order: Mellie Pullman in 1986, and Carol Stoudt in 1987.)

During her epic 2007 journey as a gypsy brewer, which she blogged live at www.roadbrewer.com, Teri founded the Pink Boots Society: an international education-focused 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization supporting women beer professionals with scholarships and networking opportunities. Pink Boots Society currently serves over 2,600 members in about 40 countries with about 100 chapters worldwide.

Pink Boots Society's big annual fundraising event is held each year on or near March 8th. Show your support by joining a Pink Boots Collaboration Brew event. These events are held in honor of International Women's [Collaboration Brew] Day (March 8th). Learn more or register your brew team at www.iwcbd.org, and see the map of brewing and pledging participants. You can also support this annual PBS scholarship fundraising campaign by purchasing any brewery's version of Pink Boots beer in late March through June. For more info on the Society visit www.pinkbootssociety.org.


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