Beer Man

The newest batch of young guns in Colorado's brewing industry wear pink boots

It's not easy to get a boot in the door of the craft-brewing industry. It's even more difficult for women since breweries, with a few notable exceptions, are boys' clubs. But despite the stereotypes, there are plenty of ladies who love suds just as much as guys do, and they've made some serious strides -- as owners or managers or accountants -- in sales and marketing and quality control. Today the national Pink Boots Society, which advocates for women in the industry, has a couple hundred members.

The last frontier is the brewhouse floor. Over the past two years, however, a handful of women have pushed their way in, and there are now at least ten women in Colorado who brew beer as a significant part of their job descriptions. To find out what that's like, we profiled six of them. You can ready their stories on the next few pages.

See also: - Golden City's Sarah Henderson may be the only female head brewer in Colorado - Wynkoop Brewing hires Bess Dougherty as its first female brewer in 24 years - The Pink Boots Society: Women with a passion for beer

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Jonathan Shikes is a Denver native who writes about business and beer for Westword.
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