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Jan
10
Kris McDowell

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.

Jan
2
Anne Sprecher

New This Year: Special Pink Boots Brew Hops Blend!

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We are so excited about Pink Boots Brew this year! Thanks to the generous folks at YCH Hops, we have an amazing and unique blend of hops chosen by our members for this year’s Pink Boots Brew (formerly Big Boots Brew).  Read the YCH Hops blog for the background story AND learn what hops the blend contains. At the end there’s a link to order hops for your brew this year. Make sure to order your hop blend by February 1st!

PINK BOOTS BLEND RELEASED

by Cait Schut / Communications and Outreach Manager 
December 20, 2017 / News & Events


YCH HOPS and the Pink Boots Society, a global nonprofit organization supporting women in the brewing profession, are thrilled to announce the release of an exclusive hop blend to celebrate women in the beer and brewing industry. This proprietary hop blend officially named Pink Boots Blend will be available to commercial brewers and a portion of the proceeds will benefit the Pink Boots Society scholarship funds.

The idea to collaborate on a hop pellet blend stemmed from a casual conversation between YCH HOPS CEO Mike Goettl and Regional Sales Manager Kelly Lohrmeyer while walking through the hop fields during the annual Hop & Brew School event. They both spoke of their shared passion to encourage and support female brewing professionals. What started as a casual conversation quickly led to a partnership with The Pink Boots Society (PBS).

“Organizations like Pink Boots Society have been close to my heart being a woman in the beer industry,” says Kelly Lohrmeyer, YCH HOPS Regional Sales Manager for the Pacific. “I’ve grown close with President Laura Ulrich since moving to California, so when Mike suggested we look at working with PBS on a blend, I knew that Laura’s team could help make this a reality. I am very excited to see where this blend goes in the beer community and in accelerating collaboration across the globe with women and beer!”

During the 2017 Great American Beer Festival in Denver, YCH HOPS staff and PBS members met to rub, smell and experience a selection of hop samples for the upcoming blend. This year’s blend includes Palisade®Simcoe®Mosaic®Citra® and Loral®.

“During the meeting and hop rub at the Great American Beer Festival, one goal that stood out amongst all of us was that we wanted a multi-purpose hop,” says Laura Ulrich, President of Pink Boots Society. “Ideally our choice of blend could be used for bittering, aroma, and during dry-hop. A brewer can use this hop through the brew, or just in a single charge. The blend character itself is fruity but not overly tropical, with more dominant citrus and herbal notes. The small addition of Simcoe® gives the blend just a hint of old school, while others like Loral®, Citra®, and Palisade® will help drive the fruit flavors forward. And really, who doesn’t love Mosaic®, so we added at touch of her too.”

The hope is that a new blend will be chosen during the harvest season by members of Pink Boots Society and processed into traditional T90 pellets at YCH HOPS production facilities. The hop blend will be released to commercial brewers prior to International Women’s Day on March 8th and are encouraged to create their own celebratory brews. The blend will be sold by YCH HOPS with limited availability, and a portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Pink Boots Society Scholarship funds.

Pink Boots Society Scholarship funds help to allow women in the industry attend educational seminars, classes, certifications and tours. Using the scholarship program, PBS aims to empower women beer professionals to advance their careers through education. Scholarship opportunities are open to women anywhere in the world who are actively employed in the beer industry.

The annual Pink Boots Blend is YCH HOPS’ latest commitment to embracing and furthering diversity in the industry. They are proud to support women from across many facets and functions of the brewing industry. The YCH HOPS family also includes a female hop grower/owner and three women that sit in senior leadership positions, including two in the C-suite.

Click here to download a copy of the Pink Boots Blend Order Form.

For new customers, please complete a YCH New Account Request Form.

Dec
26
Anne Sprecher

Big Cheers for Our Outgoing Board Members!

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As 2017 comes to a close we extend heartfelt thanks to outgoing board members Sibyl Perkins and Candace Moon. Without their commitment and leadership, Pink Boots Society would not be where it is today. Laura Ulrich did a fantastic job summarizing their valuable service.

Owner of Sibyl Designs, Inc., graphic designer Sibyl Perkins has been working with PBS for over 6 years. She revamped both our logo and website, frequently volunteering for PBS more than working for her design clients. As the Brand Ambassador and Manager for PBS she taught us to understand the importance of branding for Pink Boots.Her IT knowledge helped organize our current structure so all of the board can communicate and work together on items. She has been an invaluable member of our board and she will be greatly missed. Her last big push for us was ALL the amazing work and design she did for the 10th Anniversary website and program. We at PBS owe her a lot. 

 

Candace Moon has assisted PBS for years. She first helped us out with trademarks back in the early days when I was asked to do them, but I am no lawyer and I went begging for help. She’s been an incredible asset to your team by seeking out our new membership platform as well as helping to get it up and running. She has assisted in helping us review, understand and update our By Laws. Her primary focus was on membership and we appreciate the assistance, hours, and wisdom she imparted to the team. Candace continues her work as an extremely busy beer law attorney and just recently joined forces with Dinsmore & Shohl LLP to expand her business. She is truly an important part of the beer industry and we were lucky to have her on the board for PBS.

 

Many, many thanks to you both! 

 

Dec
5
Kris McDowell

OSU Origins of Beer Flavor and Styles Scholarship Recipient Announced

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The Pink Boots Society is proud to announce that Erika Raye, Analytical Lab Technician at White Labs, is the recipient of the Oregon State University Origins of Beer Flavors and Styles 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 Erika to receive this scholarship as she, “has a passion for learning and demonstrates great involvement with PBS in terms of organizing events and volunteering. She is well spoken, excited with a clear vision of where she wants to go and how this course will assist her.”

Erika moved to San Diego after graduating with a chemistry degree, intending to use it to become an analytical chemist for a winery. Upon discovering the brewing scene she realized that was where she needed to be and she began working at a brand new nano brewery where she says, “the brewer taught me all that he knew about beer and brewing, whether it was giving me books to read or taking me to as many tasting rooms as he could, we were always working on my “beer education.” A year later she was enrolled in UC San Diego’s Extension program to earn a professional certificate in Craft Beer and Brewing, with her next goal being to pass the Certified Cicerone exam. She is looking forward to this scholarship course being extremely helpful in helping her achieve that goal.

The Oregon State University Professional and Continuing Education Origins of Beer Flavors and Styles course is a two-day onsite course that will examine the origins of beer flavor from raw materials and brewing techniques, how beer flavor and aroma are developed within brewing, raw ingredients and then ultimately transformed by yeast during fermentation through multiple beer tastings and discussions. Attendees will also learn the sensory methodology and aroma standards used by professionals in the brewing industry to analyze beer quality and to identify beer flavor defects and their causes during the brewing process.

In addition to attending the course, Erika will receive a pair of pink steel-toe rubber boots when she fulfills the Pay It Forward requirement associated with the scholarship.