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Scholarship Recipient Abigail Temoshchuk
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Oregon State University Beer Quality & Analysis Scholarship Recipient Announced

The Pink Boots Society is proud to announce that Abigail Temoshchuk of Port City Brewing in Virginia is the recipient of the Oregon State University Beer Quality & Analysis Series scholarship.

Chosen by the PBS Scholarship Selection Committee (SSC), five very experienced women beer professionals who hold positions as brewers, educators and writers, they chose Abigail to receive this scholarship as they feel “this scholarship will help enhance her microbiology education,” supplementing her science background. With minimal professional QA/QC experience “she could benefit immensely from this scholarship and subsequent training.”

Like many, Abigail started by homebrewing. From the first brew day with her boyfriend she, “felt this emotion that simultaneously satisfied both my creativity and my type-A nature. It was a feeling I had only experienced one time before – in the laboratory.”

At the time she was in a self-described “cushy” government job utilizing her Masters degree in Biohazardous Threat Agents & Emerging Infectious Diseases. Once hooked on homebrewing, she scaled up her batches and began self-education of her palate. Delving deeper into craft beer she got a part-time server position with Port City Brewing. When she had the opportunity to go full time as a brewer there she quit her government job and since then has applied her scientific background to “create, manage, and run the lab program as a one-man-show.” Acknowledging the steep learning curve, she’s looking forward to the education this scholarship can provide to get their lab program running efficiently.

OSU’s Beer Quality and Analysis Series teaches the fundamentals of basic beer analysis and microbiological techniques and their roles in the brewing process based on the official ASBC Methods of Analysis used in QA/QC labs worldwide, providing attendees the knowledge and tools to analyze and evaluate beer to influence quality control in a production brewing setting.

In addition to attending the course, Abigail 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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