United she mashed and divided she brewed this past Sunday for the Pink Boots Society’s International Women’s Collaboration Brew Day.
In over 70 breweries nationwide, women gathered to brew this year’s Unite Red Ale recipe, created by Sophie du Ronde of Muntons Malt in England.
Locally, brewing took place at HopCat Grand Rapids and Griffin Claw Brewing Company to create a version of the Unite Red Ale. Sheryl Rose, Momma Cat of the PussyCat Beer Guild, met at the group’s stomping grounds — HopCat Grand Rapids — to brew its version.
“We used equinox hops for their floral, herbal, apple, papaya characters, as well as adding some black patent malt to make it darker red,” said Rose.
After adding their twist to the recipe, the women spent the morning being a part of each step in brewing their recipe.
Since the brewing process can only handle so many hands, and the space (at both locations) can be limited, a gathering was held after the brewing process for more women to attend to celebrate the fruits of their labor as well as one another.
This type of event is about “bringing positive attention to women in general, and helping to forge bonds between them, not just those in the industry,” says Rose.
Manda Geiger, Brewster at Pike 51 Brewing in Hudsonville, attended the event at Griffin Claw, which featured brewers from Fermenta.
“I think anytime you can get people together to share knowledge about brewing is very exciting. I love passing on the things I have learned along the way and it also teaches me things too,” she said.
All in all, the event was a huge success — so huge that the Pink Boots Society believes the day may have qualified for the Guinness Book of World Records.
Once on tap at HopCat Grand Rapids, the profits from the sale of the Unite Red Ale will be split 50/50 between Pink Boots Society and Women’s Resource Center of Grand Rapids. Be on the lookout for both beers to appear at HopCat Grand Rapids and Griffin Claw, respectively, in the near future.