On International Women’s Day, the newly-formed Pink Boots Society of Orange County gathered at Anaheim Brewery to collaborate on this year’s batch of Unite Belgian Tripel.
Last summer members of Pink Boots Society met in Denver with Yakima Chief-Hopunion at the 2017 Great American Beer Festival to create a hop blend all members would use for their Pink Boots Collaboration Brew. The blend is fruity, with subtle tropical, citrus and herbal notes. The blend features Simcoe®, Loral®, Citra®, Palisade® and the ever-popular Mosaic®.
Women representing breweries, beer bars, and beer enthusiasts from as far away as Temecula joined Barbara in the brewhouse on March 8th. Each person brought at least one ounce of coriander to add to the kettle. When lightly crushed and steeped in the wort, this spice gives off a floral and citrus-laden aroma. When the coriander aroma merges with the Pink Boots hop blend, the citrus becomes even more pronounced. The women joked that the brewery smelled like Fruity Pebbles®!
We’ve created a Unite Brew since it’s inception in 2014 as International Women’s Collaboration Brew Day or IWCBD. It’s now called Pink Boots Collaboration Brew. This beer is unique in that every participating brewery donates a portion of the proceeds to the national Pink Boots Society. Anaheim Brewery also donates a portion to our local Orange County Family Justice Center, which provides victim assistance and empowerment programs to survivors of family violence (click here to learn more about OCFJCF).
Unite Belgian Tripel is usually available only on draft. This year, we commissioned graphic artist Trevor Kelly to create a label that would celebrate the women who work in the beer industry and reference the 1920’s style of the Packard Building where Anaheim Brewery currently resides (more in this post: The Packard Building). The result is this striking Art Deco inspired design.
Unite Belgian Tripel will be released on Friday, April 6th. Join us in the Beer Garden and raise a glass to the women who made it possible.
Barbara & Greg