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PSU Business of Craft Brewing Scholarship Recipient Announced
Scholarship Recipients

The Pink Boots Society is proud to announce that Sarah Miller of Darwin Brewing Co. in Bradenton, FL 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 Sarah, saying, “She has worked her way up the ladder and has the determination to open her own brewery. This certificate would help her to fully understand what will be required of her to open her own place and give her the greatest chances of success.”

Sarah joined the brewing industry three years ago, bringing with her 10 years of experience in the coffee industry, a BFA in Illustration and years of persevering in male-dominated arenas. What started as a single shift per week bar tending position has expanded into a multi-faceted role where she manages social media, events and the taproom, as well as brewing on Darwin’s pilot system. Proud of what she had achieved, Sarah said, “I felt something was still missing, and I found myself wanting more knowledge. Last year I enrolled myself in the USFSP Brewing Arts program. I worked hard, day and night to do my school work while maintaining my promotion to Taproom Manager. I fought through long nights of modules, homework, and an internship. I even won a beer recipe project! Not only did I persevere, I felt at home. I worked hard, I learned and I grew. But, I feel like I have hit a stand still and it doesn’t feel like it should end there.” With this scholarship Sarah will be able to continue to grow and learn the business side of opening and operating a brewery.   

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, Sarah 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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