In 2016, Teri Fahrendorf arrived at the milestone of being a beer professional for exactly half of her entire life. She was an award-winning brewmaster for 19 years, then a gypsy brewer, then a beer store clerk, then a malt & hops sales rep, and now circling back Teri is brewing again.
Currently Teri is happy to be the first Malt Innovation Center Manager for Great Western Malting Company in Vancouver, Washington, where she brews on a tricked-out PLC-controlled dual-kettle one-barrel brewery. In 2017 the Malt Innovation Center expanded to include a 150 KG pilot malting unit.
Teri's beer career includes surviving her first brewery employer's business shutdown, and surviving third degree burns and skin grafts to 11 percent of her body. (She'll show you her scars if you ask. Read about it at www.terifahrendorf.com/burn-article.htm.) She worked on six start-up breweries for her various employers, including building four brewpub breweries from scratch, one R&D brewery from scratch, and upgrading one brewpub brewery. In total she has worked for four brewing companies if you include her unpaid internship. Over her original 19 years as a Brewmaster, Teri hired and/or trained 51 brewers, many of whom went on to great acclaim and fame. [Say hello to my peeps Jamie Floyd and Shaun O'Sullivan. If we ever work together again, I'll be working for THEM! ;-) ] Her highlight as a regional brewmaster for Steelhead Brewery in Eugene, where she spent 17 of those 19 years, included supervising 11 brewers at 5 brewpub breweries in 2 states at once.
With the good fortune to be in the right place at the right time (except for that pesky burn accident), Teri has been able to surf the wave of the craft beer revolution since she first went pro in 1988. She has enjoyed many "Firsts" in her career including first woman craft brewmaster west of the Rockies, first in California, first in Oregon; first woman craft brewmaster who wasn't an owner and was hired for the job; first Oregon Brewers Guild Treasurer, first woman Oregon Brewers Guild board member; first woman Class President at the Siebel Institute of Brewing Technology, and probably other firsts that she can't remember right now.
And since apparently people want to know... to her knowledge she was the third woman craft brewmaster in the USA in 1988. (The first two were, in order: Mellie Pullman in 1986, and Carol Stoudt in 1987.)
During her epic 2007 journey as a gypsy brewer, which she blogged live at www.roadbrewer.com, Teri founded the Pink Boots Society: an international education-focused 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization supporting women beer professionals with scholarships and networking opportunities. Pink Boots Society currently serves over 2,600 members in about 40 countries with about 100 chapters worldwide.
Pink Boots Society's
big annual fundraising event is held each year on or near March 8th. Show
your support by joining a Pink Boots Collaboration Brew event. These events
are held in honor of International Women's [Collaboration Brew] Day (March
8th). Learn more or register your brew team at www.iwcbd.org,
and see the map of brewing and pledging participants. You can also support
this annual PBS scholarship fundraising campaign by purchasing any brewery's
version of Pink Boots beer in late March through June. For more info on
the Society visit www.pinkbootssociety.org.