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19
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Yuengling 2020 Diversity in Brewing Scholarship Recipient Announced

Scholarship Recipients, Women In Beer
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Pink Boots Society and D.G. Yuengling & Son, Inc. are excited to announce the 2020 Diversity in Brewing Scholarship recipient, Victoria Rooney! This scholarship was created to support individuals from underrepresented groups who are passionate about the brewing/fermentation industry and looking to further their education, technical skills and knowledge, and leadership skills. The educational offerings that were included in this scholarship are: PA College of Technology Brewing & Fermentation Science Program, University of South Florida Brewing Arts Program, HACC Brewing Sciences Certificate Program, Philadelphia University of the Sciences Brewing Science Certificate, Siebel Institute WBA Concise Course in Brewing Technology, and the eCornell University Women in Leadership Certificate.

Joining the Pink Boots Society has opened Victoria Rooney’s eyes to a whole new world of opportunities, especially during her first Pink Boots Collaboration Brew Day®, where she met more women brewers and brewery owners than she ever could have imagined. Victoria holds several roles at Wolf Branch Brewery, including taproom manager, cellar woman, social media and events coordinator, and bartender. In 2019, she earned the “Best Bartender” award, along with Wolf Branch Brewing as the Best Craft Brewery from Lake and Sumter County Best of the Best. Victoria aspires to become a head brewer and dreams of one day opening her own brewery. She believes that this course will provide her with the professional knowledge and confidence required to make the transition to brewery operations and to be well-rounded in the craft brewing Industry. She is passionate about helping women to have a strong and respectable presence and looks forward to sharing what she learned with other members of Pink Boots Society.

D.G. Yuengling & Son, Inc. is America’s Oldest Brewery and is family owned and operated still today. In its 5th and 6th generations of continuous family ownership, Yuengling’s mission is to thrive as an iconic American company that is committed to its employees, produce exceptional products for consumers to enjoy, and for their distributor partners to champion. Yuengling’s strong culture is driven by its family and employees — and by its shared values of pride, integrity and simplicity. Yuengling respects tradition and hard work and is proud to provide superior products and service to its customers.

Mar
18
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Five Crafting A Strategy National Scholarship Recipients Announced

Scholarship Recipients
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The Pink Boots Society is excited to announce the five Crafting A Strategy national recipients: Shalanda Jackson, Melisa Lizarraga, Liliana Madrid, Josefina Rosario, and Callie Tuschen.

Shalanda Jackson joined the Philadelphia Chapter last summer and immediately started attending as many Pink Boots meetings and activities as possible. She participated in the Yakima Chief Hops Blend 2021 Zoom call, where the hops were selected for the 2021 Pink Boots Collaboration Brew Day®. She has now taken on an additional volunteering role within Pink Boots as a member of the Membership Task Force. Shalanda believes that the Crafting A Strategy membership is a great learning opportunity because it is a global online learning platform that will allow her to have more insight into the brewing industry. One of her professional goals is to take her career overseas, and this membership will help make that goal a reality. She is also looking forward to attending the USciences Brewing Science Certification program in the fall of 2021 to further her brewing education.

Melisa Lizarraga began her craft brewing journey in 2015 at Thirsty Monk Brewery, where she achieved her Cicerone Level 1: Certified Beer Server Certificate. Shortly after, she moved to Colorado and joined Cerberus Brewing Company when they first opened their doors. She was responsible for coordinating with the assistant brewer to create an educational program for staff. In the spring of 2020, she moved to Montana, where she is currently an assistant manager at Cranky Sam Public House. Melisa has brought her previous knowledge and experience to help educate staff by providing resources and even created a Beer 101 guide. She recently started to write for a state-wide beer magazine, Montana Craft Beer Connection, where she will coordinate with the editor to create a quarterly piece featuring women and other minorities in the brewing industry. Melisa feels like the Crafting A Strategy membership is not only an investment in herself but also an investment in her community and that the tools she will gain from this opportunity will help her be a better educator.

Liliana Madrid is a first-generation Mexican-American born and raised in California until she moved to Midwest about three years ago. At that time, her new home had only one brewery, and the nearest Pink Boots Chapter was over 100 miles away. Despite the 4+ hour drive, her first interaction with the Chapter was during their Pink Boots Collaboration Brew Day®, and she couldn’t wait to share what she had learned as well as their creation with her new brewery when she returned. She is currently a Beertender at Jackson Street Brewery, which is now 1 of 3 (and counting!) breweries in Sioux City, IA. She believes that the Crafting A Strategy membership will help her grow alongside these up-and-coming breweries and help bridge the gaps between gender inequalities and minority representation, not only locally but also within the entire beer industry. She looks forward to working more closely with other women in the brewing field and gaining more knowledge to bring communities together.

Josefina Rosario-Simone grew up in the Dominican Republic, where she learned many life lessons through an islander’s lens. At a young age, she was told that she had physical barriers and was told that any expressive profession would not be worthwhile. Still, the island life taught her to have a positive “can-do attitude” and strive for a way for her to express herself. She studied as an architect to find an “approved” profession where she could express herself through art, but she was left craving more. In 2009, she moved to Spain and learned what life was like off the island. She now has had more opportunities to connect with different regions and to experience different cultures’ perspectives, and she was now able to travel around Europe, particularly in Belgium, where her exchange-student sister lived. Josefina moved to the U.S. and took her first homebrewing class in 2017. With the ability to design her own recipes, she has found new ways to express herself through beer. She truly believes that beer is an art form, an expression, and should not be limited to culture, race, or gender. Josefina aspires to inspire more females in the brewing industry, particularly within Pink Boots and the Latina Community worldwide. She is currently a beertender at Four City Brewery in New Jersey.

Callie Tuschen is co-owner of Buffalo Ridge Brewing Project, a 5-barrel brewery located in Hartford, South Dakota. After being open for only a year, Buffalo Ridge Brewing Project was recognized for its charitable giving and was named Hartford’s Chamber of Commerce: 2020 Business of the Year! They are very community orientated and are both pet and family-friendly. Callie has been called “a mover and a shaker” by local community members, which she believes is due to her passion for putting people first, and stepped into a “community leader” role without even realizing it. The Crafting A Strategy membership stood out to her as an incredible resource to help guide her through the new adventure of owning a brewery. Callie believes that she will gain the confidence and knowledge to help put Buffalo Ridge Brewery on the map for leadership, innovation, and community-focused growth. She also a pioneer by helping start the Pink Boots South Dakota Chapter.

Crafting A Strategy (CAS) is a global online learning platform available to scholarship recipients for one year. Used in universities and breweries worldwide, CAS has over 150 digital content pieces specific to the business needs of brewing entrepreneurs. These include podcasts, webinars, case studies, white papers, instructional videos, blogs, and a professional forum. Scholarship recipients will also receive a weekly CAS newsletter with industry analysis, advice, and links to new content and forums.

Mar
18
SciSoc

World Brewing Academy Concise Course in Brewing Technology Scholarship Recipient Announced

Scholarship Recipients
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In partnership with Siebel Institute of Technology, the Pink Boots Society is pleased to announce the 2020 scholarship recipient of the World Brewing Academy Concise Course in Brewing Technology scholarship, Isabel Gareau of Swamp Head Brewery.

Isabel GareauWhile studying photochemistry, Isabel decided to take an elective course on craft beer and brewing during her senior year at Cornell University, which dramatically changed her career plans. Once she cancelled her grad school applications, she began working towards becoming a brewer and is happy to say that she has not looked back! She has moved up from the canning line all the way to the brew deck and is currently a Cellarperson at Swamp Head Brewery in Gainesville, FL. With her distinctly scientific background, she is highly interested in applying biological and chemical principles to her brewing process. She believes that the Siebel Institute of Technology World Brewing Academy Concise Course in Brewing Technology will help advance her scientific understanding of the brewing process, allowing her to integrate her applied skills supported by a scholastic theory. She dreams of becoming a head brewer and eventually operating an independent, botanically-focused craft brewery and creating a line of beverages that incorporate plant medicines.

The WBA Concise Course in Brewing Technology is an intensive three-month course directed to women who desire to enhance their knowledge of brewing technology or are preparing for advanced-level programs like IBD Diploma and Master Brewer exams. This course is intermediate level so applicants would greatly benefit from existing knowledge of brewing processes and/or related sciences.

Mar
18
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2020 Q4 Road to Cicerone Book Suite Scholarship Recipient Announced

Scholarship Recipients
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The Pink Boots Society is excited to announce Marian Ietsugu as the Road to Cicerone Book Suite recipient.

Marian LetsuguFormally from Brazil, Marian studied as a food engineer and obtained a Beer Sommelier certification from Doemens. Five years ago, Marian moved to Tokyo, Japan, where her paternal grandparents originated. Since moving to Japan, she has worked as an assistant brewer at two breweries, Devil Craft Brewery and Distant Shores Brewing Co. Her goal is to become a head brewer and she dreams of opening her own brewery someday. She is inspired by local women brewers and hopes to connect with other current and aspiring female brewers though Pink Boots Society. She looks forward to learning from other Pink Boots members’ experiences as well as passing on what she has learned from her own experiences.

The Road to Cicerone® course is a collection of beer styles and processes that will help the reader prepare for the Certified Cicerone® exam. The course is a mixture of books and quizzes. The course books will teach and lend insight into reasons and processes. For example, the brewing process of the course book will help brewers to better understand the brewing process and how brewers come to their decisions. The keeping and serving beer course will help with the front of house, ensuring nothing is being improperly handled between the brewery and the taproom.