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Sweet and sour: Pink Boots Society creating raspberry pie-flavored beer for brew day

New Mexico Pink Boots Society members will be brewing a raspberry pie kettle sour on March 6. The beer will be available to the public in late March. (Courtesy of the New Mexico Pink Boots Society)

Pucker up for a raspberry pie kettle sour later this month.

The ladies of the New Mexico Pink Boots Society will be brewing the pink-tinted sour beer for its fifth annual brew day on Friday, March 6, at Canteen Brewhouse. The recipe created by Canteen head brewer Zach Guilmette has a pink hue and the flavor profile of raspberry pie.

“You will get some of that tart juiciness from the raspberry, but then we’re also adding graham cracker crumbs and some wheat to get that pie crust as well, so we’re really trying to go for an actual raspberry pie profile,” said Jess Griego, head of the New Mexico Pink Boots Society. “… We are trying to make the beer a homage to the Pink Boots Society, so we thought a pink beer would be fun, so that’s where we started and went from there. We’re looking forward to the graham cracker crumbs. I think it’s really going to round it out. It’s not your everyday sour but kind of a dessert beer.”

The brew day falls on National Women’s Day. The society usually tries to brew on or around that date. Brewing day gives members an opportunity to get acquainted while learning about breweries.

“That will start at 8 a.m., so we we’ll be brewing all day,” Griego said of the brew day. “So the women will be there to help with the brewing process and meet one another for those who haven’t met. We have women coming up from Las Cruces that are in our society that we don’t get to see that often, and mostly it’s a day of brewing beer but also collaborating and planning future educational opportunities.”

Proceeds from the beer help benefit educational programs offered through the Pink Boot Society. The beer is expected to be available at the end of March at the breweries represented during the brew day. New Mexico Pink Boots Society members include female owners and operators of breweries, brewery staffers and students in the brewing programs at Central New Mexico Community College and New Mexico State University. Breweries represented in the society include Bosque Brewing Co., Canteen Brewhouse, La Cumbre Brewing Co., Marble Brewery, Red Door Brewing Co., Rio Bravo Brewing Co., Second Street Brewery, Sidetrack Brewing Co., Steel Bender Brewyard, Thirsty Eye Brewing Co., Toltec Brewing Co. and Tractor Brewing Co., as well as the business New Mexico Ferments. More information can be found at facebook.com/PinkBootsSocietyNewMexico.

“Currently, we have 40 members,” Griego said of the society. “We had about 20 last year. So we’ve grown since 2019, which has been great. We’re looking at continuing to grow the chapter. What’s really nice is the national chapter provides different scholarship opportunities that usually have anywhere from a $2,000 to a $5,000 value.”

Part of being a New Mexico Pink Boot Society member is having access to those scholarships.

“We try to get as many of our New Mexico members to apply for those and broaden their knowledge beyond what is offered in New Mexico but throughout the nation, Griego said. “They have a lot of business programs specific to brewing that offer scholarships, so the more members we have the more opportunities women in New Mexico will have to broaden that knowledge and take advantage of those scholarships that the national society offers.”

Educational opportunities have included a forklift certification class for women, as well as opportunities to shadow women in the brewing industry.

“The women in our society, especially a lot of students who are looking to gain as much experience as possible, I’ve been scheduling them with other women in the industry to follow them around for a day, which has been really fun,” Griego said. Our (quality assurance-quality control) tech, Mercedes, has done quite a few shadow days where different women have come into her lab and kind of followed her day-to-day quality-control processes. We have quite a few women interested in brewing, obviously, so our brew day will be a great opportunity for everyone who may want to see the process from beginning to end who may not have that experience and really get to shadow at Canteen and ask questions and get to do a lot of the work that goes into brewing beer every day.”


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