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When I started writing for CraftBeerAustin.com back in 2015, my first series of articles was about Women in Beer. With inspiration from the ladies of the Austin chapter of the Pink Boots Society, the Women in Beer series has returned. This edition features Emma Peters, Assistant Brewery for Meanwhile Brewing Co.

Describe your average week. What are you responsible for?

Meanwhile opens very soon and I’m basically acting as a supporting role. Nao and I did classes a couple of times a week via video which was instrumental in getting me familiar with my future role as Assistant Brewer. In the time I’ve come on I’ve done anything from hop inventory, keg washing, and soaking up as much information as possible from Nao, Will, and Daniel. The guys have so much knowledge to offer and I couldn’t feel luckier in my position. A ton of parts cleaning, learning to pull samples of beer for QA/QC duties, malt staging and milling, and generally lending a hand whenever or wherever I can. I’m starting more in a cellar type role and will grow into the brewing role with time. I’m hoping to take on more of the QA/QC part since I find it super interesting. It also sounds like there’s a lot of potential to get involved with malt procurement/collabs. Overall I’m just stoked to join a team that is knowledgeable and incredibly supportive as I transition from malting to brewing.

What’s your favorite part of your job?

I’m fortunate enough where it seems like I’ll be given a lot of creative freedom in my role.

What challenges have you faced in this or previous roles in the beer industry?

I’ve certainly witnessed some sexism, not always directly but it’s something I tend to keep an eye on. I think there used to be an element of not always being taken seriously, whether it was based on experience, my age, or my being a woman remains unknown.

How long have you been working in the beer industry? What did you do before this role?

I’m coming up on three years now, which seems crazy to think about. Prior to malting/brewing, I served in the Army for almost four years in Human Intelligence.

If someone asked you to describe the current state of today’s craft beer climate what would you say?

Difficult is the first word to come to mind, rewarding is the second. If you’ve met me you know I tend to have pretty strong opinions about consumer trends and demand, as well as ingredients and the debate over cost vs quality. I think finding the right people to work around is incredibly important.

Is there anything else you want people to know about you, your company, and/or the industry as a whole?

Hmm, I like short walks to the taproom and frisky women. (If you cant include that Pam just let me know**) Jokes aside, my current role is something I’m very excited to dive into, and I’ve had nothing but wonderful interactions with the entire Meanwhile crew. I think we’re all going to build something magnificent together, and I’m beyond ecstatic to see how it plays out.

Has Pink Boots played a role in your career? If so, how?

I’m not sure if it has directly played a role, but I have met some incredible women and formed a lot of personal and professional bonds that I think have aided my development for sure.

What question(s) are you tired of answering/getting asked?

“Do you actually like beer?” “Why should I bother looking into craft malt?”

What beer are you currently enjoying the most?

Absolutely anything from Hold Out. Those guys are crushing it and are so nice to be around. I’m looking forward to all of the Oktoberfests that are starting to come out. I almost always have the classic Coors Banquet on hand too though. Overall, I’m a lager fiend so bring on the crispy bois.

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