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PSU Business of Craft Brewing Scholarship Recipient Announced
Scholarship Recipients

The Pink Boots Society is proud to announce that Meg Evans of Rock Bottom Brewery in Pittsburgh, PA is the recipient of the Portland State University Online Business of Craft Brewing Certificate scholarship.

Chosen by the PBS Scholarship Selection Committee (SSC), five very experienced women beer professionals who hold positions as brewers, educators and writers, they selected Meg due to her well-written essay in which she communicated the areas she is currently lacking knowledge in, how the coursework will fill those gaps and what that knowledge will mean to her as she works toward her future goals.

Meg has spent the last eight years working her way up from cellarman at Southern Tier to her current position as head brewer at Rock Bottom, gaining experience in a wide variety of brewery operations. However she says, “One thing – and it’s a big thing – that I haven’t been exposed to, is the business aspect of our industry.” Being in the early stages of opening her own brewery she knows that in order to be successful she will need to add a thorough understanding of accounting, HR and more that this course will provide. Her and her partner intend to open a neighborhood brewery, saying that among other things, “Owning a brewery will only open greater opportunities for me to be a better asset for other women in my community.”

The Online Business of Craft Brewing Certificate focuses on the commerce skills needed to create a viable basic startup business plan to make a brewery efficient and profitable. Students will be introduced to the various players and processes that go into producing and selling craft beverages, from growing grains and hops, to malting, brewing, distribution and retail environments. The courses in this four-course certificate cover different strategies, the associated costs of creating a craft beer and business models, culminating in an investor-ready business plan to present to potential backers, the craft beverage startup community and other potential business partners.

In addition to attending the course, Meg 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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