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Siebel Concise Course in Brewing Technology Scholarship Recipient Announced
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The Pink Boots Society is proud to announce that Jennifer (Jenna) Munoz of the Brew Lab in Kansas City is the recipient of the Siebel World Brewing Academy Concise Course in Brewing Technology 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 Jenna to receive this scholarship because “She’s put in a great deal of effort to completely reinvent herself and immerse herself in this new life path. Her genuine drive is to empower and support women in our industry. We need more people like her!”

“When I was young, I wanted to be a lawyer,” says Jenna. “I got married, went to law school, graduated, took the bar exam and moved to Missouri to start my own firm. I enjoyed the puzzle; from talking to clients to determine their issues to going before the judge with the right pieces of evidence and the right argument. I appreciated the intricacies, but I soon found that the community that came with my career was less than desirable and did me more damage than good.” When she decided to leave the field of law she sought out the craft beer industry.

What began as an appreciation of craft beer by drinking it during law school, led to the purchase of a homebrew kit, then volunteering at a brewery. More than just a hobby, Jenna says, “This became my chosen community,” a community that fit her better than the legal community. Still, finding a job in that community was difficult and she experienced opposition, being a female looking to leave a “high salary” profession but she did just that. Mid-2017 she took the role of general manager for a 3bbl brewpub with a professional brewer who was willing to cultivate her desire for knowledge. She is looking forward to acquiring the knowledge this course will provide, a step along the way to taking the Cicerone exam, and will contribute to one day commercially brewing her own recipes.

The Concise Course in Brewing Technology is an intensive, online three-month course that utilizes a mix of textual instructions, streaming video presentations narrated by some of the best instructors in brewing, and synchronous chat sessions between students and faculty. Students will gain the knowledge and confidence to work effectively in the world of commercial brewing in this course that covers topics ranging from business of beer, alcohol and health, CIP programs and Quality Assurance/Quality Control.

In addition to attending the course, Jenna 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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