In partnership with American Society of Brewing Chemists (ASBC), Pink Boots Society is pleased to

announce its next 2019 scholarship opportunity:

American Society of Brewing Chemists

2019 ASBC Meeting

Course Format: 3-day conference, New Orleans, LA

Course Dates: June 24-26, 2019

Scholarship Application Window: April 5-30, 2019. Closes at 11:45 pm PST.


Course Location: Royal Sonesta Hotel, 300 Bourbon St, New Orleans, LA

Apply Here: ASBC Scholarship Application

Course Value: $1,155

From yeast genetics to hop aroma and technical barrel aging, this year’s ASBC Meeting program is filled to the brim with outstanding topics and great speakers!

We hope you can join us June 24–26 in New Orleans for 2.5 days filled with engaging discussions, interactive technical workshops, and cutting-edge research presentations. We have also invited speakers from outside of the industry to share their perspective on challenges and opportunities for the brewing community.

This scholarship is designed for brewery owners, raw ingredient suppliers, lab technicians, sensory scientists, cellar technicians, educators, or anyone looking to further their understanding of scientific practices related to the brewing industry. Please see below for Required Applicant Qualifications.

Keynote hop genetics presentation “Big Shoes to Fill” by hop researcher Peter Darby. Peter Darby was appointed in 1981 to take over the mantle of hop breeding at Wye College, Kent. UK. This program had seen the birth of scientific hop breeding in 1906 with the pioneering work of Professor Salmon, continued in 1953 by Dr. Neve. Throughout, the program has been characterized by innovation, and the varieties and techniques developed are still found in the work of all the main hop breeding programs today. A personal account is given here of the changing nature of hop breeding at Wye College, and its successor Wye Hops Ltd., over the last 38 years—a period when the brewing industry itself has undergone huge changes. The drivers for hop breeding, the funding sources, the objectives, and the techniques available in 1981 are described and compared with these same parameters at play today. The presentation illustrates how some objectives have changed completely: some have newly appeared whilst others have evolved and developed. Finally, it speculates on the imminent revolution in hop breeding with the advent of increasing mobile computing power and inexpensive genetic analysis tools: two factors which were unimagined in 1981.

The 2019 ASBC Meeting program will also include technical sessions and posters on topics including analytical, sensory, sustainability, hops, malt and grains, yeast and microbiology, and more! Workshops include:

  • Discussion of Barrel-age Practices and Stability in Package
  • Methods of Analysis Dive-in
  • From Bytes to BeeR: Leveraging the Statistical Programming Language R in Brewing Data Science
  • Hop Selection: An Imperfect Science
  • Understanding Biotransformation and the Impact on Flavor/Aroma of Beer
  • Unveiling the Magic and Mystery behind Malting and Brewing with Novel and Alternative Grains

Please visit for additional information. This conference, as with all U.S. courses, will be offered in English only.

A $600 USD stipend will be provided by Pink Boots Society to help offset travel and lodging. This will be awarded to the recipient upon successful completion of the course.

Required Applicant Qualifications: Any woman, anywhere in the world, who earns at least 25% of her income from the brewing industry, is qualified for Pink Boots Society membership and to apply for any scholarship. Click here to join or to connect with us.

Due to the nature of the course, the selection committee requires that the applicant be 21 years or older.

Terms & Conditions: All PBS scholarships have a “Pay It Forward” (PIF) requirement, where our scholarship recipients are required to pass on the specific knowledge they gained in their scholarship course to other PBS members and to the industry in general within 6 months of completing the course . This is accomplished through many means like publishing an article, publishing a blog on a reputable website, or giving a presentation at a local, regional or national professional seminar or conference.

Evidence of PIF must be sent to PBS for validation and if applicable, for posting on the PBS website.

Many recipients choose to PIF at their local chapter meetings, but you can also present at our annual CBC and GABF meetings.

All courses require a 50% of the certificate value (to to $500) as a deposit to ensure course participation, completion and 100% passing rates for scholarship recipients. As a condition of accepting the scholarship, the recipient (or recipient’s employer) will pay a $575 USD deposit to Pink Boots Society.

Pink Boots Society will reimburse UP TO $600 USD for travel expenses and accommodation after successful completion of the course is verified.

Please Note: If the recipient fails to successfully complete the course, the deposit and stipend (if applicable) will be forfeited and not reimbursed. Once the PIF is verified, the recipient will receive a Pink Boots Society flannel shirt.

Please note that Scholarship Recipients are announced approximately six weeks after the scholarship application window closes. Because of the dates of the course, the recipient will be announced approximately June 1.

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