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Kris McDowell
YCH HOPS Hop and Brew School ® Scholarship Recipients Announced
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The Pink Boots Society is excited to announce and introduce the three ladies that have been selected by the PBS Scholarship Selection Committee (SSC) to receive a scholarship to the 2018 YCH HOPS Hop and Brew School ®. Hailing from Florida, Texas and Kansas, these three women are in various stages of their brewing careers.

Morgan Banning represents the early career brewer of the group, a homebrewer who is in the process of working through the University of South Florida, St. Petersburg Brewing Arts program. After a few years of homebrewing she made the decision to set aside her Master’s degree in early childhood education saying, “I moved away from education with the dream of professional brewing for two reasons, I love brewing and I love that the nature of brewing is constantly evolving.”

Making her way through the Brewing Arts program has included completing an internship with Green Bench Brewery where they wasted no time immersing her in the daily work. Morgan says, “I was given a tour of the facility and immediately set to work. Each day at the brewery brought new challenges and with it new discoveries.” She has also completed the hops-focused component of the program but feels this is an area where she has a weaker understanding and is looking forward to instruction from global award winning brewers this course will provide.

Also hailing from the education world is Libby Brennan, who the PBS SSC noted, “demonstrates an evolving role in the beer industry and would use this course to build upon her own knowledge and spread it to others.”

Two years ago Libby took her first job in the industry, working at St. Elmo Brewing Company as a manager and event planner and has since gone on to brew two beers there. She is looking forward to the knowledge she will gain personally from being physically immersed in “a mecca of hop production” to help her complete her Cicerone certification and also sharing that knowledge. “As a manager with a staff who has a literal thirst for beer knowledge, I would be able to integrate the lessons of the course into our monthly trainings,” she says.

Briana Burrows, assistant brewer at The Big Rip Brewing Company, represents the most experienced brewing professional of these women. She started there as a once-a-week bartender in November of 2016 in what she says, “was the first step in changing my life forever, and for the better.”

A year later the assistant brewer quit unexpectedly and Briana took the initiative to further her career, expressing interest in helping out on the brew house floor. The owners decided to start training her and after being a part-time trainee for a month she officially became the assistant brewer. Knowing there is much to learn as she continues her career, she is looking forward to the hops and brewing knowledge this course will provide which she says, “will, in turn, help me present new ideas to the brewery. Learning more about beer and brewing on a regular basis is very important to me as a brewer and I believe taking this course will show the owners of the brewery that I’m serious about brewing, recipe formation, and also willing to help push our brewery into the future.”

YCH HOPS Hop and Brew School ® is a two-day onsite course in Yakima, WA that will cover topics including new trends in hop breeding, hop chemistry and brewing techniques. Guest speakers include award-winning brewers from across the United States speaking on hop usage, recipe formulation and brewing methods. Local hop farmers will also be in attendance to address the numerous growing aspects of hops from yields and aroma characteristics to new, up and coming proprietary varieties. The course includes a ranch tour, where attendees will experience the hop fields and witness hop picking, drying and baling, as well as a guided tour of YCH headquarters, where they will observe the receiving and warehousing of the hops.

Gasseling Ranches, a fourth generation hip farm in Wapato, WA is sponsoring one of the scholarship and has been operating for over 100 years. They produce many varieties for YCH including Mosaic, Simcoe, and Citra, and are fully committed to being a sustainably operated farm with the Green ChiefⓇ certification.

In addition to attending the course, each of the ladies 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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