–by Jen Ruple
PUBLICATION DATE: Mar 03, 2020
Melissa Dallas of Upside Brewing will host a Pink Boots Society Brew Day on Sunday, March 8 at her brewery in downtown Sylvania. During the event, members of the Pink Boots Society and local beer professionals will join Dallas in creating a limited-edition collaboration brew.
The collaboration brew day is open to business owners, homebrewers, servers, bartenders and also to men in the field. “The event gives us the opportunity to get to know each other, network, talk about our passion for beer, and celebrate women in the industry,” said Dallas.
The Pink Boots Society is a national organization with the purpose of furthering its members’ education about the beer industry. There are three Ohio chapters located in Cleveland, Columbus and Cincinnati. Dallas is a member of the Columbus chapter. “It would be fun to start a Toledo chapter in the future sometime,” she mentioned.
Collaboration Brew Day was born from Pink Boots Society members’ desire to take part in International Women’s Day, also on March 8, and raise the profile of women’s roles in the beer industry.
Half of the proceeds from sales of the collaboration brew will be applied to educational scholarships and programming for its members. “One of the perks of being a member is the opportunity to apply for a variety of scholarships for certifications, brewery courses and workshops,” said Dallas.
Dallas appreciates that the Pink Boots Society supports and encourages women to participate in the beer industry. “It may be intimidating being part of an industry made up of primarily men, but the truth is women like beer too.”
The collaboration brew, a limited-edition, will be a New England IPA with notes of tropical citrus and pine. It will be available for the public at Upside Brewing and the Casual Pint approximately two to three weeks after brew day. Check Upside Brewing’s Facebook page for the