Female brewers at Niagara-on-the-Lake campus release five new beers on International Women’s Day


Published March 8, 2023 at 4:14 pm

Brewmaster and Brewery Operations Management students Jenny Lukasiewicz, Ceri Thibert, Jessica Wiseman, Medea Romani and Kyla Dewey hold up newly released beers from the Teaching Brewery’s Pink Boots Series that they worked on creating. (Photo: Niagara College)

International Women’s Day (March 8) was bubbling in the minds of female brewers at Niagara College’s Teaching Brewery months ago on the Niagara-on-the-Lake campus.

It was actually a target date as five new student-crafted “Pink Boots” beers debuted at the college’s Teaching Brewery today – three of them featured recipes created by female students.

At the same time, a future release began brewing today on International Women’s Day for another soon-to-be released Pink Boots beer.

While the College has been involved with the Pink Boots initiative which highlights female brewers since 2020, this was the first time that Brewmaster students were able to celebrate their Pink Boots beers actually being released on International Women’s Day.

The newly released Pink Boots beers debuting today include Box of Chocolates Raspberry Porter led by second-term Brewmaster student Jessica Wiseman, a Double Double (double IPA) led by second-term Brewmaster student Medea Romani, and a Mash vs. Evil Dead (black IPA) by third-term student Jenny Lukasiewicz – which were all brewed earlier this Winter Term.

Smash Beer and Smash Mash – two pale ales brewed earlier this year by first-term students from recipes created by Brewmaster Professor Jon Downing – were also released as part of the Teaching Brewery’s Small Batch Brew Pink Boots Series.

Third-term Brewmaster student Marye Anne Chisholm said, “It is important for the College to support Pink Boots to highlight the fact that there are very capable people who identify as female in the brewing industry, and they should be recognized for their talents.”

For Romani, who led the brewing of the Double IPA, it was “very empowering that the beers will be released on Women’s Day. I think it will help pay homage to the women in brewing before us, and support and uplift women in the future generations of the brewing scene.”

“I feel fully unstoppable. I’m so proud to have my first beer mean so much to the ever-growing community of women in the beverage industry.”

As for the Pink Boots beer that started brewing today, the female students worked on a recipe for a raspberry pomegranate wheat beer created by third-term student Kyla Dewey to be called ‘Herstory,’ which will be released in early April.

The Pink Boots Series beers are available for purchase while supplies last at the Teaching Brewery retail store and the Wine Visitor + Education Centre, located at the Daniel J. Patterson Campus in Niagara-on-the-Lake, alongside products from NC’s Teaching Brewery, Teaching Winery, and Teaching Distillery.

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