Season 1, Episode 8 – This
week, we’re once again joined by the lovely Denise Ratfield of Pink
Boots Society and Stone Brewing Co., who (like the dope lady she
is) brought #AllTheBeers. Robert French is also back in the studio
with us. We try three varieties of Societe’s “The Bachelor”, learn
more about Denise, and learn that Jason simply dominates during
“Guess That Brew.”
If you have yet to hear about Societe Brewing Company in San Diego,
California, well…get in the know! They’re making killer beer in San
Diego that’s uncompromising and true to their take on what craft
beer should be.
Societe Brewing Company – The Bachelor
Denise brought three varieties of Societe’s American
Bachelor, to share with us. These growlers were provided by our
good bud, Mike
Sardina, Societe’s “Ruler of the Underworld.” Mike is one of
the most sincere craft beer geeks we’ve ever met, and he’s a
perfect fit over at Societe.
The Bachelor is an ever-changing, single hop IPA. The hops in the
beer vary from batch to batch, so you can really get the true
essence of whatever hop was used in the beer pretty well.
The first variant of The Bachelor we’re
drinking is made with Mosaic hops. Mosaic hops tend to come off
very much like passion fruits, and this beer definitely delivers
the fruit, perhaps even all over your face.
The second variant of The Bachelor is made
with Amarillo hops. Amarillo is a great hop for IPA, especially
when combined with Simcoe, so it’s really nice to see it used in
The Bachelor as a single hop.
The third variant of The Bachelor is made with
Citra. [Citra is so hot right now. So hot.] We all love its
citrus-like characteristics and it really shines in this beer.
Societe makes some of the cleanest beer you’ll ever drink, and
Citra in The Bachelor is a match made in beer heaven.
Feature: “Guess That
We’re back for another round of “Guess That Brew.” This time, we’re
reading two reviews of two very different but much sought after
brews. Jason proves once again that he is the master of this game.
Don’t cross this dude—he’ll lay the smack down.
Feature: Denise Ratfield
and “Unite Pale Ale.”
Ratfield has been involved in the brewing industry since
1995 when she worked on the bottling line at Sierra Nevada Brewing
Company. She currently works at Stone Brewing Co.’s headquarters as their
Along with working at Stone, Denise has been an active member of
the Pink Boots
Societyas the Social Media Committee Chair. She also recently
organized the massive brewday that was International
Women’s Collaborative Brew Day.
Pink Boots Society is comprised of women who work in the beer
industry. Their main goal is to empower women in the brewing
industry through an open exchange of ideas and scholarships. There
are many women working behind the scenes in the beer industry,
whether they be brewers, brewery owners, shop owners, or even beer
writers. Their voices and advancement in the industry are
important. Pink Boots Society is there to help them advance and
thrive, and encourage even more women to get involved in the beer
Mike Hess Brewing and Pink Boots
Society Collaboration Beer – Unite Pale Ale
As mentioned earlier, Denise was the event organizer for
International Women’s Collaborative Brew Day. The idea was
originally brought to Denise and Pink Boots Society by Sophie de
Ronde from Brentwood Brewery in the United Kingdom,
in collaboration with Project Venus UK (think Pink Boots
Society, but in the UK). The thought was to have women in the beer
industry from all over the world unite for one day and brew a beer.
In this case, it was a pale ale made with Cascade hops—a true
classic. A recipe was posted online, and those who participated
could tweak the recipe as needed and brew the beer. Over 70
breweries around the world participated. The beer was named “Unite
The variation of Unite that we are drinking this week was brewed
at Mike Hess Brewing
Company in San Diego, California, by two team members from
Stone Brewing Co. in Escondido, CA, Laura Mirsch (Brewer at Stone
Brewing Co.) and Hollie Stephenson (Brewery Supervisor at Stone
Brewing Co.). It’s a 4.9% pale ale that’s quite delicious.
Latitude 33 and Pink Boots
Collaboration Beer Label
Denise is all about the Pink Boots Collaborations these days, and
her latest is with Latitude 33 Brewing Company out of San
Diego, California. Denise and Kevin Buckley (Latitude 33’s Brewmaster and Head
of Brewing Operations) made a 5.3% oatmeal pale ale
(ah-hem,John…?) with Nugget, Nelson, Southern Cross,
and Motueka hops named “Worldly Scholar.” It’s on draft and in bottles,
and it’s available RIGHT NOW! Funds raised from the sale of the
beer will benefit Pink Boots Society scholarships.
Denise will also be pouring this beer at Beervana, a two day celebration of craft beer
in New Zealand.
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