Fall Craft Beer Tours to Germany For Women In the Industry


Lady brewers sign up beer enthusiasts for insiders’ craft beer and brewery tour to Bavaria in October for beer, bratwurst and a spotlight on women brewers and Bavaria’s last beer-brewing nun. Under-the-radar breweries, trailblazing craft beer makers and local eats are on tap for the Beer, Bratwurst and Beyond study tour to Bavaria, October 14-22, 2016.

More from the release: Spearheaded by the Pink Boots Society and Philadelphia-based Treasures of Europe Tours, the expedition is a pro-level tour for people in the beer and brewing trade, craft beer lovers, home brewers and beer enthusiasts. It’s the industry’s premier travel event of the year.

PBS is the leading association of women in the beer industry, with nearly 3,000 members across the U.S. and around the world. The tour is coed.

Beer, Bratwurst and Beyond brings a new twist to beer travel. The tour will forgo the Oktoberfest and Big Beer destinations, concentrating instead on hidden craft beer hotspots, pioneering women brewers and regional family-operated breweries.

Highlights include:

  •   Kick-off event and private tasting hosted by the Bavarian Association of Private Breweries
  •   Session with Sister Doris, Germany’s last beer-brewing nun
  •   Series of meetings and tours with
    women beer-makers in Franconia and
    the Upper Palatinate, including the Meinel sisters, master brewers in Hof
  •   Private tour of a 1000-year-old abbey brewery and tasting
  •   Briefing, farm visit and tasting with hops experts in the Hallertau region
  •   Series of site visits, private sessions and tastings at traditional family-owned

    breweries and with pioneering craft beer-makers, including Crew Republic.

  •   Sausage seminar led by a master butcher who was chosen as Bavaria’s

    “Bratwurst King”

  •   Visit to the home of Zoigl brewing in the remote Upper Palatinate region, including briefing and tasting
  •   Numerous tastings and cellar tours and many other activities.

    The Pink Boots expedition has attracted industry support in Germany, where more and more beer lovers are interested in American-style craft brewing.

    Two associations of family-owned and mid-size breweries agreed to back the tour and serve as sponsors: the Association of Breweries of Upper Franconia and the Bavarian Association of Private Breweries, which is hosting a kick-off event and private tasting.

    “The beer and brewing paradigm is shifting in Germany,” said Emily Engdahl, Executive Director of the Pink Boots Society.

    “Upstart craft brewers are challenging old orthodoxies with inventive, edgy new beer styles. Women brewers in Germany are at the top of their game and are slowly getting the recognition they deserve,” added Tom Conrad, of Treasures of Europe Tours.

    “New-vibe craft beer-making is flourishing alongside the native artisanal brewing culture that has defined German beer for centuries. That makes today’s German beer scene fascinating and exciting,” said Conrad. Old-school regional brewing never died out in Germany as it nearly did in the U.S. and many other countries, he added.

    Boston Beer, Oskar Blues, BSG Craft, Lagunitas, Craft Beer Importers, Sierra Nevada and Barth-Haas have joined hands to sponsor the study tour and provide scholarships for winners of a scholarship competition for Pink Boots members. The lucky winners will travel free, courtesy of the tour sponsors.

    Beer, Bratwurst and Beyond is about discovering Germany’s craft beer scene, networking with women beer-makers and celebrating the tradition of small-scale native breweries that operate out of the public eye.

    Space is limited. Reserve online.
    Additional information at Treasures of Europe Tours. Related photos are available here.

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Founder of The New School and most frequent contributor Ezra Johnson-Greenough has worked in the craft beer industry for almost 10 years, doing everything from illustrating beer labels to bartending at renowned beer bars and breweries like Belmont Station, Apex, Laurelwood and Upright Brewing. He has also had a hand in creating events like the Portland Fruit Beer Festival, Portland Beer Week, and the Brewing up Cocktails series. He is available for freelance consultation in marketing, events, graphic design and branding. Contact: SamuraiArtist@NewSchoolBeer.com