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Barth-Haas Yakima Hops Academy Scholarship Recipient Announced

The Pink Boots Society is proud to announce that Jacqueline (Jackie) Beard of Bale Breaker Brewing is the recipient of the 2017 Barth-Haas Yakima Hop Academy 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 Jackie to receive this scholarship because they feel it would increase her hop knowledge, an area that in an overall impressive collection of knowledge she lacks due to being a recent transplant from the wine world. With her strong science background they feel she “is capable of soaking up every word from the class and really doing some great things with it.”

Jackie’s science background is strong indeed – a B.S. in Environmental Science and a Certificate in Winery Technology as well as positions with Cascade Analytical as a chemist and at Chateau Ste Michelle, Canoe Ridge Winery as a laboratory supervisor. She made the move to beer in October 2016 as the sensory and microbiology lead at Bale Breaker. It’s a multi-faceted role in which she coordinates beer tastings, trains the employee panel, analyzes the impact of numerous brewing process changes, completes routine microbiology and chemistry analysis, analyzes data trends and is in charge of developing a wastewater treatment plan to reduce the brewery’s water impact.

Jackie describes the curriculum of the Barth-Haas Hops Academy as “having me pretty much drooling over the “Hopsessed” hop-specific sensory training, the chemistry knowledge imparted in the “Hops” and “Hops in the Brewing Process” curricula, and the sustainability section.” She’s also looking forward to learning more about the science and business of hops to maximize their use in Bale Breaker’s beers and to apply to sensory trainings for the staff.

Barth-Haas Yakima Hops Academy is a two-day onsite course in Yakima, WA consisting of presentations by hop and brewing experts and top researchers and growers that will cover topics including new trends in hop breeding, hop chemistry, hop quality and brewing techniques as well as new hop varieties, products, usage and analytical and sensory evaluation techniques to gauge hop and beer quality. The course also includes tours of the Haas hop farm and production facility, where attendees will experience the hop fields and witness all components of hop production from whole hops to CO2 extract, as well as a guided tour of Haas Innovations Research Brewery.

In addition to attending the course, Jackie 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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