Pink Boots, Hurdy Gurdy Girls, and a New Hibiscus Ale

The Brew Crew – March 8, 2018. Barkerville Brewing Co. Quesnel, BC.

Pink Boots Brew Day

In Celebration of International Women’s Day

In early January, Barkerville Brewing of Quesnel, BC, sent an open invitation for all female-identified folks to join us at the brewery for a collaboration brew day in support of International Women’s Day and to help raise the profile of women’s roles in the beer industry.

The day was a huge success, filled with hands on experience, knowledge sharing, and plenty of laughs! In the end, we brewed a delicious batch of Hibiscus Pale Ale that we named Hurdy Gurdy, after the tough but entertaining dance troupe of historic Barkerville.

Part proceeds from the sale of each bottle of Hurdy Gurdy Hibiscus Pale Ale will go to support educational scholarships through The Pink Boots Society.

Did you know that Barkerville Brewing is led by women? Over 80% of its employees are female, including the General Manager and Head Brewer.

The original Hurdy Gurdy Girls in Barkerville, c. 1865 (courtesy BC Archives).
The Hurdy Gurdy Girls were a dance troupe of women who arrived in Barkerville, BC from San Francisco in 1865. The miners – starved for female companionship – paid the women $1 a dance.


4.6% 33 IBU

Light and slightly tart, this rose-coloured pale ale is bursting with juicy grapefruit, balanced with a subtle hint of strawberry on the finish. Low in alcohol – yet high in delight – this is the perfect summer patio beverage. 

+127148 – 650 mL – $7.39 LDB Retail

The Barkerville Brewing Co. (re-established in 2013) is the Cariboo craft brewery whose beers tell the story of BC’s historic gold rush town.

For more information about Barkerville Brewing, please contact Justine Pelletier, General Manager, by email or at 1-778-414-2739.

  Filed under: Announcements (Press Releases), Beer Styles, Business of Beer, Events & Festivals
  Tagged under: , , , , , ,