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Oregon State University Beer Quality & Analysis Scholarship Recipient Announced

The Pink Boots Society is proud to announce that Margaret Bragg is the recipient of Oregon State University’s Beer Quality & Analysis Scholarship. Margaret works as a cellar person/brewer’s assistant at Pike Brewing Co. in Seattle, WA.

Chosen by the PBS Scholarship Selection Committee (SSC), five very experienced women beer professionals who hold positions as brewers, educators and writers, they felt Margaret should receive this scholarship due to her commitment to the industry, desire to learn and motivation to carry forward the Pink Boots Society message.

Margaret landed her first job working at Hale’s Ales 15 years ago where for four years she handled retail beer sales, gave brewery tours and managed their 300+ person mug club, which included organizing monthly events. She worked for a brewery but didn’t get a chance to work in a brewery until taking a position with Pike in 2010 running the bottling line. Not exactly a trial by fire but not for the faint-hearted, Margaret recalls, “Without any previous mechanical experience, and within less than two weeks, I was solely responsible for the operation and maintenance of one of the original Prospero bottling lines created for beer.”

Now a brewer’s assistant, Margaret realizes it’s time to be more responsible for her professional growth, including obtaining formal brewing education with a specific focus on gaining more knowledge and understanding of recipe development. She is looking forward to being a part of the lab Pike is developing and has been asked to contribute to the implementation of solid QA/QC and safety programs, all things the rapidly expanding company will need and the course will assist her with.

OSU’s Beer Quality & Analysis course consists of a six week online module followed by a five-day onsite course in Corvallis, OR. It will cover the fundamental methods used to evaluate beer production and microbiological stability throughout the entire beer making process and packaging. Attendees will learn sterile techniques in order to isolate, evaluate and screen brewing yeast and contaminants as well as utilize modern equipment to analyze all parameters of wort and beer.

In addition to attending the course, Margaret will receive a pair of pink steel-toe rubber boots when she fulfills the Pay It Forward requirement associated with the scholarship.

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