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Cat Wiest Scholarship Recipient
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UC Davis Intensive Brewing Science Scholarship Recipient Announced

The Pink Boots Society is proud to announce that Cat Wiest of Seabright Brewery is the recipient of the University of California, Davis Extension Intensive Brewing Science for Practical Brewing 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 Cat to receive this scholarship because although she has no formal training she is a “hands-on brewer, hard worker and a quick learner” that they feel will embrace the UC Davis course and use the knowledge to take her brewing to a new level.

Cat began her professional brewing career in 2012 in what she describes as a “happy accident.” She says, “My career started in a large production brewery. No one cared if I had an education or not – we were desperately understaffed, and I was able to work hard enough for two people (I was hired for my background in the Alaskan commercial fishing industry).” After a year and a half at Pyramid Brewing she moved on to Speakeasy Ales and Lagers where she spent two years before joining Seabright Brewing last spring. From cellar operations to third shift brewhouse operator and now to head brewer, Cat has steadily worked her way up the brewing ranks.

Cat has many goals and is making “pretty good beers and customers review them favorably. I want to make great beers. I want to make consistently great beers. I want to create award winning beers.” While education isn’t the only way to get there, that’s what is next in her sights. “Brewing is science and I want to be dragged through the beer science coals. I want to go through the Davis program.”

University of California, Davis Extension Intensive Brewing Science for Practical Brewing course is a five day on-site course that offers an intensive introduction to the sciences of brewing, engineering and brewing practice. Attendees will learn the technological and biochemical aspects of the entire brewing process from world renowned instructors Drs. Charles Bamforth and Michael Lewis. Topics of the interactive lecture sessions cover all aspects of brewing from raw materials to fermentation to quality control and sensory evaluation.

In addition to attending the course, Cat 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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