Women in craft brewing on the rise

In Lane Co., women are assuming leadership roles as the industry grows.

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In Lane County, women are assuming leadership roles as the craft brewery industry grows.

A story recently published by the Register-Guard detailed the emerging trend, which started with Teri Fahrendorf, the first woman craft brewmaster in California and later the Pacific Northwest.

Fahrendorf said the industry has come a long way as far as employing women since she began brewing, after leaving a career at a Fortune 500 tech company, Unisys Corp. When she left Steelhead in 1990, after brewing there for 17 years, she took a road trip, visiting 70 breweries across the country in five months. Often the breweries that asked her to visit had young women brewers, Fahrendorf said, and she realized that mentoring them was one of the reasons she’d been invited.

“I was like a role model, I guess you could say, after 19 years as a brewmaster,” Fahrendorf said.

Over time, Fahrendorf created the Pink Boots Society, a network of women she met in the brewing industry. Today, the group has 1,900 members, up from 1,000 at the end of 2013.

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Hermiston rodeo founders launch whiskey, vodka label

Farm-City Pro Rodeo enters the whiskey business.

The founders of the Hermiston-based rodeo unveiled their “Chute Eight” trademark at an event touting its vodka and whiskey.

From the East Oregonian:

Carroll Unruh, a Salem-based alcohol consultant who has operated Chute 8 since 1998, said a committee formed by the rodeo board settled on an image of two cowboys on horseback shaking hands across a fence — a tribute to the way Farm-City operated in its early days. David Bothum and Butch Knowles, two of the rodeo’s founders and former cowboys in their own right, posed for the image.

“It’s fitting, because hard work and trust are the basis of everything we’ve done,” Unruh said.

Indio Spirits Distillery of Portland will produce the alcohol.



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