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Melissa Maki

Cicerone BeerSavvy® Course Scholarship Recipient Announced

The Pink Boots Society is proud to announce that Melissa Maki is the recipient of the 2015 Cicerone BeerSavvy® Course scholarship. Melissa is a beer writer who has had articles published in All About Beer, Celebrator Beer News and most recently, American Brewster.

The PBS Scholarship Selection Committee (SSC), five very experienced women beer professionals who hold positions as brewers, educators and writers, chose Melissa to receive this scholarship as a way to help this dedicated beer writer gain more knowledge, a springboard to her delving deeper into the field.

In 2009 Melissa had the opportunity to live in Belgium for a year, during which time she found work as a journalist under a “kickass female editor who took a chance on me and encouraged me to write pieces about subjects like breweries and bike rides.” She wrote about De Dolle, Westvleteren and An De Ryck, one of the few female brewers in Belgium. Melissa described it as “the ultimate dream job” and it was so influential that when she returned to the United States she knew couldn’t go back to a regular job. Instead she, “wanted to embrace a career as a freelance writer—and ultimately (hopefully) a beer writer.”

Melissa writes about more than just beer but beer and women in the beer industry are her favorite topics to write about and it is her goal to turn the tide so that the majority of her income is from those subjects. Working towards that she feels that, “the BeerSavvy course would allow me to start the process of acquiring advanced technical knowledge, which would also give me a higher level of confidence in my own abilities.”

The Cicerone BeerSavvy® Course is comprehensive self-paced online beer training course designed to enhance knowledge of brewing techniques, beer styles, understanding flavors and off-flavors, food pairings and the language to clearly discuss beer. The course is beneficial for many people who work in the beer industry including beer writers.

In addition to attending the course, Melissa 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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