Q&A: Em from Bosc talks us through her IWD charity fundraising event!

Q&A: Em from Bosc talks us through her IWD charity fundraising event!

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Today, the 8th of March, is International Women’s Day. Under the watchful eye of Kerry Claydon from Newstead Brewing, Em joined forces with the legends at Aether Brewing to make a limited release Red IPA. You’ll be able to taste it tonight!



Can you tell me a little bit about yourself and what you do?

My name is Em and I am the owner of Bosc bar in West End. When I was younger I went to college in Florida on a golf scholarship and after graduation I pursued a professional career. But when injury cut that short, I pursued my other love of hospitality.

After years working for other people I decided to take the leap and strike out on my own and Bosc was born.  I built the bar from the ground up and have run and owned it for almost four years now. This bar represents all that I value in a venue, warmth, skill, good chat and exceptional drinks.

Work aside, I am proud to be an Auntie to nine wonderful nephews and one super sassy niece. Recently my wonderful fiancée Bec and I have moved to the Netherlands where I am a barista by day, and by night, I tend the bar at a local trappist beer café.

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Image by Bosc

What have you named your special brew and why?

We need articulate, compassionate and stoic female leaders, and this beer is named after one of the finest. We have chosen to call the brew the “Polkinghorne Red” in honour of Clare Polkinghorne, the captain of the Brisbane Roar W-League and Australian Matilda’s Football teams (aka soccer to clarify).  Clare is known for her courageous playing style, leading by example with grit and determination.  In addition to being a full-time professional athlete, she studies Psychology and holds down a job in a local business here in West End. Perhaps what makes “Polks” so special is her gentle nature, exuding a warmth that is used positively to bring everyone in a room together. That’s what we ladies do in general… and that’s what the “Polkinghorne Red” will do too in its own way.

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Image by: Brisbane Roar

What makes Aether Brewery so special?

Aether Brewery have showed us great respect from the get-go – and that respect is certainly mutual. Brewing is a craft so involves skill, technique and creativity. Dave and Jimmy from Aether certainly have the skills, but also the same genuine sense of warmth that we feel is at the core of our beloved Polkinghorne Red.

Aether have not only donated their time and facility, but they are also donating the proceeds of a keg of this tasty beer to charity as part of IWD celebrations! We say thanks and good luck Aether!

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Image by: Aether Brewery

What message are you trying to portray with your IWD event?

We are quite pragmatic and believe that the way to celebrate IWD, is really to demonstrate what women in this community are achieving each day. Important to us, is the fact that Bosc is a place where everyone is welcome – just as they are.

We shy away from pretension and value genuine social interaction between good friends and family. Nothing radiates more, than the confidence to be one’s self. It is the bar of social conscience after all.

Can you give our readers a little insight into what to expect on the night?

A delightful gathering of intelligent and gentle people who would like to celebrate all things IWD.  A tasty sip or two of the Polkinghorne Red, with the patron paying a donation to a charity of Polks’ choice, for each glass of sumptuous ale. An opportunity to meet like-minded community members of West End and greater Brisbane. A short expose from the team at Hot Chicks with Big Brains, our favourite feminist magazine. New friends. Special memories.


For more information about this Bosc’s IWD event, see the Facebook event here! We’ll see you there!


Answers by Em from Bosc

Questions by Anna Apuli

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