YCH HOPS has teamed up with the Pink Boots Society, a global nonprofit organization supporting women in the brewing professions, to create the Pink Boots Blend of Palisade, Simcoe, Mosaic, Citra and Loral hops. Commercial brewers were encouraged to use this collaborative blend of hops to create their own celebratory brews. A portion of the proceeds benefits the Pink Boots Society scholarship funds. These funds will be used to help women in the industry attend educational seminars, classes, certifications and tours in order to empower female beer professionals to advance their careers through education.
“Ideally our choice of blend could be used for bittering, aroma, and during dry-hop. A brewer can use this hop through the brew, or just in a single charge,” says Laura Ulrich, President of Pink Boots Society. “The blend character itself is fruity but not overly tropical, with more dominant citrus and herbal notes. The small addition of Simcoe gives the blend just a hint of old school, while other like Loral, Citra, and Palisade will help drive the fruit flavors forward. And really, who doesn’t love Mosaic, so we added a touch of her too.”
Our very own brewer, Amber Powell, who has been a part of the Pink Boots Society for 7 years, accepted the challenge! Originally a Chemistry major, Amber found her calling while bartending at a craft brewery in college.
“I was invited by the head brewer, Bryan Shimkos, to a brew day,” said Amber. “I immediately fell in love with the chemistry in brewing. I knew this was something I wanted to do every day, and that’s how my new career began.”
Amber has had great success at brewing honey rye ale before, and was excited to brew it again for a great cause. Paying homage to women in the brewing industry, Amber has named her creation Catch Her In The Rye.
“With Catch Her In The Rye, you can taste the honey upfront, but a lot of the rye comes through, as well. The Pink Boots Blend of hops compliments this honey rye ale perfectly for a tropical citrus aroma. I am excited to bring more light to women brewers around the world. There are a lot more of us than people think, and we are growing stronger every year.”
On behalf of everyone at Public House Brewing Company, we congratulate Amber on her brewing accomplishments and look forward to much more to come!
Catch Her In The Rye will be featured at our April’s Brewers Stash, and it will only be available in limited quantity. Join us at the Rolla R&D Brewpub Tuesday, April 10 at 5:30 p.m. to catch your own pint of this philanthropic brew, and let’s raise a pint to women doing amazing things in the brewing world!
Catch Her In The Rye beer stats
The hop flavor in this beer is balanced and reflects the hop blend character with notes of citrus and tropical fruit. With a light honey sweetness at the beginning, the spiciness from the rye malt comes through with a dry finish. It has a very light and clean flavor provided by the yeast.
Serving Temp: 45°F – 50°F
Malts: Pale Ale, Rye Malt, Honey Malt
Hops: YCH & Pink Boots Society Collaboration Blend (Palisade, Simcoe, Mosaic, Citra, Loral)