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Get to Know Two Women in the Maryland Craft Beer Industry

Did you catch our article about the Pink Boots Society last week? We’re excited to be a part of the launch of their new women-created craft beer, Tenacious V. Join us to celebrate good beer, food, and music, as well as the role of women in the craft beer industry! People who attend the VIP hour will get to hear from Emily Bobotas, Quality Assurance Manager from Flying Dog Brewery, Sarah Healey, Marketing Manager at Milkhouse Brewery, Julie Veratti, co-owner of Denizen’s Brewing Company, and Carly Ogden, owner of Attaboy Brewery.

Emily and Julie are sharing how they started in the industry, along with some other fun facts!

Introduce yourself! What do you do?

Julie – I am one of the cofounders of Denizens Brewing Co. in Silver Spring. I head up our wholesale, marketing, and business operations.
Emily – I am the Quality Assurance Manager at Flying Dog Brewery. It’s my job to ensure top notch quality from the raw ingredients, to the packaged product, and beyond!

What were you doing before you began working in the beer industry? 

Julie – I was a Senior Policy Advisor at the U.S. Small Business Administration and a political organizer.
Emily – I was studying Food Science and Technology at Texas A&M and worked in a handful of bakeries for 4 years. I made everything from wedding cakes and pastries/tarts to loaves of sourdough and baguettes.

What lead you to your current job?

Julie – I wanted to start my own business and be in a career that was people oriented.
Emily – I graduated with a BS in Food Science and Technology at Texas A&M (Whoop!). But, as I got into my degree I decided that the food industry wasn’t for me. Around that time, I fell in love with the variety of flavors and different styles of craft beer. I immediately searched for my way in. Sent out one email to only local craft brewery (at that time) in College Station, TX, New Republic Brewing Co. By the next week, I was helping them hand bottle Bombers, keg, and complete gravities and cell counts. When I graduated I moved to Austin and began volunteering at Independence Brewing Co. After a few months of juggling a baking job I hated and volunteering at Indy every second I could, I decided I needed to educate myself more if I was going to prove that I knew what I was talking about and truly apply my science degree in this industry. So I took a 2-week Siebel Institute course in San Diego, CA on how to run a QA lab in a brewery. It taught me the basics of everything I know, and when I got back to Austin, I was hired on full-time at Indy as their Kegger and QA Lab Tech. About a year later, I found myself at the MBAA Annual Conference in Jacksonville, FL talking to the COO and Brewmaster of Flying Dog about moving up to Maryland to be their Micro Lab Tech. 3.5 years later of experience with some incredible mentors, I’m here managing the lab, ensuring top notch quality from beginning to end of the beer-making/packaging process.
Emily Bobotas having fun on the job

What do you love most about your work?

Julie – The people! My favorite part of my job is meeting so many new people every day.
Emily – There’s never a dull moment. There’s always something to troubleshoot or problem-solve. I’m constantly learning and growing, and working with some pretty inspiring individuals in a (mostly) relaxed environment. I mean, we make beer for a living.

What’s your favorite food to eat with beer?

Julie – It depends on my mood. Salad on some days and pizza on others.
Emily – Tacos. Always. And French fries.
The women at Flying Dog sport their Pink Boots while brewing Tenacious V

How would you describe the taste of Tenacious V?

Emily – Tenacious V is sessionable (easy drinkin) India Pale Lager that comes in at 5.5% ABV. It’s basically an IPA, but it was brewed with a lager yeast strain, which mellows the yeast flavor during fermentation so the focus could be on the dry hop. It was dry-hopped with a unique blend of hops created by the Pink Boots Society, which includes: Loral, Glacier, Mosaic, Simcoe, Sabro. Together these hops create complex layers of dank, earthy, herbal tones combined with fruity, lemony citrus notes. Overall, it’s slightly bitter and slightly sweet with a light malt finish. Magic.

Why should people come to the Tenacious V event?

Emily – To taste this delicious beer brewed by the incredible women of Flying Dog. To enjoy all of our local, badass female-led vendors and shake your booties to Da Mood. To support the Pink Boots Society whose purpose is to assist, inspire, and encourage women in the brewing industry through education/scholarships/networking.


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