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Why Vermont's women brewers are organizing to support one another

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A new Vermont chapter of the Pink Boots Society is forming for women who work at breweries, distilleries and bars.

Live call-in discussion: Women and nonbinary people who work at breweries, distilleries and bars are coming together to support one another. The Vermont chapter of the Pink Boots Society aims to give encouragement and training to people who work in the male-dominated fermentation and alcoholic beverage industries.

A few years ago, Vermonters started a similar group but struggled to get enough participants. This hour, we’ll hear from the new group's leaders on why it's important to have this type of community in Vermont now.

Our guests are:

  • Julie Smith, co-leader of the Vermont chapter of the Pink Boots Society and lab manager at Lawson’s Finest Liquids
  • Clara Walsh, co-leader of the Vermont chapter of the Pink Boots Society and bartender at Three Penny Taproom in Montpelier

Editor’s note: Lawson’s and Three Penny Taproom are VPR underwriters

Broadcast live at noon on Friday, May 26, 2022.

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Mikaela Lefrak joined Vermont Public in 2021 as co-host and senior producer of Vermont Edition. Her stories have aired nationally on Morning Edition, All Things Considered, Weekend Edition, Marketplace, The World and Here & Now. A seasoned local reporter, Mikaela has won two regional Edward R. Murrow awards and a Public Media Journalists Association award for her work.
Tedra joined Vermont Public as a producer for Vermont Edition in January 2022. Before moving to Vermont, she was a journalist in New York City for 20 years. She has a master’s degree in journalism from New York University.