Megan Seastedt is an award winning, 13 year veteran to craft beer. Megan is widely recognized as the first female identifying brewer in Allegheny County, a distinction she is proud to carry forward as she opens her own brewery – Abstract Brewing Company – in the Hazelwood neighborhood of Pittsburgh. Megan views her entire professional brewing career as a study of progress via steady progression. Megan’s first foyer into the world of beer was in 2010 at Southern Tier Brewing Company where she spent most of her time gluing boxes and labeling bottles. Megan soon progressed to the bottling line and eventually cellaring. Megan’s move to Pittsburgh, PA in 2012 allowed her to hone a burgeoning love for all facets of the beer-making craft. Megan spent five years with Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery, beginning as an assistant brewer. Within a year, she was promoted to head brewer. During this time she founded the regional Pink Boots Society chapter to connect the female identifying folks in the Pittsburgh area. The next step for Megan was to master production management, which she did over the next three years with North Country Brewing. Keeping in mind that advancing the field in which she works is as much a labor of love as her own professional development, Megan spent 2020 to 2022 serving the Pennsylvania state brewers guild board – Brewers of PA. While on the board, she co-founded & chaired their Equity and Inclusion committee. One of her many prominent achievements was creating an instructive and informative Code of Conduct for the guild – one in which went beyond the standard behavioral codes seen amongst organizations up to that point. Megan has made it a mission throughout her career to create safe community spaces and work to create more opportunities for underrepresented folks within the craft beer community. It is her belief that as a leader in the brewing industry, it’s the only responsible and reasonable thing to do to see true progress.