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Feb
19
Lydia Moranski

Crafting A Strategy Scholarship Recipients Announced

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The Pink Boots Society is pleased to announce the recipient of the December 2019 Crafting a Strategy scholarship recipient; Danella Soeka of On Tap Branding based out of Denver, Colorado. 

Danella established On Tap Branding in 2014, which works with business owners, primarily breweries to establish and grow a marketing plan. This can be a large array of items from analyzing market landscape and competition to building strategic plans, graphic design and website development. Even taproom internals such as establishing apparel and retail fulfillment.  

Danella is a perfect fit for the Crafting A Strategy Scholarship based on her drive and ability to help others. This scholarship will give her another set of tools to work with what she already has to be able to help her clients with.

Danella is a fairly new member of the Denver, CO chapter of The Pink Boots Society, however she has already jumped right in taking the spirit to heart by volunteering for the GABF merchandise table as well as, working to connect with more members and finding ways to keep members of the Denver Chapter engaged.  

Crafting A Strategy (CAS) is a global online learning platform that will be available to the scholarship recipients for one year. Used in universities and breweries all over the world, 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.

In addition to attending the course, each of the ladies will each receive a pair of pink steel-toe rubber boots when they fulfill the Pay It Forward requirement associated with the scholarship.

Jan
31
Cat Wiest

Membership Spotlight

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Welcome back to Membership Spotlight!
Would you like to nominate a Pink Boots member who has inspired you? A member you think embodies the mission of Pink Boots Society and deserves a shout out? Send nominations to socialmedia@pinkbootssociety.org!
This month we are featuring Lisa Allen, head brewer at Heater Allen in McMinnville, Oregon.
What is your role in the industry?
I am the head brewer at Heater Allen Brewing in McMinnville, OR, but it’s a very small, family business so I wear a lot of hats. I’ve done everything from cleaning kegs to delivering them, cellar work, lab work, you name it, I’ve probably done it.
 
How long have you been a Pink Boots Member?
I’ve been a Pink Boots member since 2010, right around the time I entered the industryPink Boots was really small back then! My friend Sarah Forga (who is no longer in the industry but brewed at several different spots around Oregon before changing fields) told me about the group and convinced me to go to a meeting with her.
 
What, in your opinion, are the greatest benefits of the Pink Boots Society?
For me the greatest benefit has been meeting other ladies in the industry. A lot of the other women brewers I’ve met and connected with I’ve met at a Pink Boots meeting or a Pink Boot adjacent event. Even though I have yet to receive one myself, I have to say scholarships. Education is so important in any industry and in an industry where workers are often under paid or don’t have many benefits, etc. having an opportunity to get education for free or cheap is so beneficial. And especially having a group that provides scholarships for women in an industry that is very male dominated, it helps us get a leg up.
What is your favorite thing about working in the beer industry?
My favorite thing about the industry is the people. I have met so many great people through the beer industry and I continue to daily.
What is your proudest Pink Boots / beer industry moment?
My proudest Pink Boots moments happen whenever I see someone I know receive a scholarship. I’m happy for everyone that receives one, but when it’s someone you know personally and/or are good friends with it touches a little closer to home and makes me proud to be a part of this organization.

Is there anything you would like to tell us about the work you do, or your involvements with Pink Boots?
Well…currently I am the Portland Chapter Financial Liaison, it’s been really interesting learning about all of the ins and outs of the financial aspect of the organization. I also brewed a SMASH lager with Skagit Valley Malting, the proceeds of which will go to the Pink Boots Portland Chapter. I used Skagit Valley Copeland Pilsner malt and Hüll Melon hops, the first of it will be tapped at the SheBrew festival in Portland on March 8th.
What are you drinking right now (or later)?
Finishing up a brew day as I’m answering these questions, so not currently drinking, but I’ll probably have a lager of some sort this evening.
A fun fact or bit of trivia about you!
I was an Archaeology major at Oregon State Univeristy, I wanted to switch to Fermentation Science my junior year, but when I looked in to it, it was going to take me an extra 2-3 years to graduate so I decided to graduate and figure life out from there.
Jan
26
Lydia Moranski

2020 Craft Brewers Conference Scholarship Recipients Announced

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The Pink Boots Society in conjunction with the Brewers Association is proud to announce the four recipients of the 2020 Craft Brewers Conference® scholarship. Each lady was chosen by a selection committee of experienced women beer professionals, from brewers to educators and positions in between.  

Christine Bump of Big Elm Brewing Company was selected because being both the co-owner and head brewer means her position encompasses many different aspects. As someone who has attended a Craft Brewers Conference in the past, our committee believed she would be able to take advantage of the wide amount of range of educational topics offered at the CBC. With Christine’s position at Big Elm and being an active member in her local Pink Boots Chapter, Christine will have the opportunity to share what she has learned with a wide range of people in many different positions. 

Christine joined the brewing industry in 2001 on a 3.5 barrel brewhouse and has worked for several different breweries and brew houses of different sizes. When she worked at Victory Brewing Company Christine ran the manual 25 barrel brewhouse and helped install and optimize a 50 barrel automated system. Christine took this knowledge and co-opened a brewpub in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. After several years the call of a production brewhouse was one Christine needed to answer and in 2010 Big Elm in Sheffield, Massachusetts was born. 

Katey McNulty is the sensory specialist for Carlton and United Breweries in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. As an international member, the selection committee believed she will benefit from this opportunity both by actively attending CBC, and also getting the chance to experience American beer styles in their home territory. Katey’s background in the technical and analytical side of brewing will allow her to take a full on approach to the subjects being discussed at CBC. 

At the age of three Katey had her first experience with the brewing industry. Her grandfather was a homebrewer and on bottling day she was tasked with being the brewer assistant and adding a teaspoon of sugar to each bottle of beer. Katey went on to receive her Bachelors of Science in Viticulture and Oenology (the study of wine and wine making). After working in a vineyard Katey eventually found her way back to beer. Katey believes, “Being able to attend the beer styles track at the Craft Brewers Conference 2020 would help me to differentiate the distinct beer styles The Brewers Association recognizes in their Beer Style Guidelines and will help me to be a more knowledgeable trainer in the field of sensory science and taste training.” This will get Katey closer to her goal of being a Master Cicerone and being a beer judge at world beer cup. 

Tara Pattison of Farmers Brewing was selected for the 2020 Craft Brewers Conference due to her dedication to learn. Tara has traveled extensively to cultivate her knowledge of fermentation and CBC will be another place on the map to add to her bank of knowledge. 

Tara Began her journey with brewing in 2013 as a home brewer and member of the Heriot-Watt brewing society and a member of the University of California Davis’s food science brewing club. Tara traveled to Germany as one of 75 young professionals to take advantage of a year long diplomatic cultural exchange, sponsored by Congress and Bunderstag. This opportunity included two internships where Tara rotated through every aspect of brewing, from milling to packaging. Tara is excited to take home what is learned and share it with colleagues and Pink Boots members alike. Tara plans on taking the quality track which will help grow the quality department at her brewery.  

Ann Reilly of the New York City Brewers Guild was selected due to her recent leadership roll which will keep pushing the industry forward. Ann with be able to take advantage of both of the educational seminars but also have a clear focus on networking with other attendees and be able to see how such a large scale event is put on.  Ann outlined a clear map of what she plans to take away and bring back to the Brewers Guild, her Pink Boots chapter and community.

Ann has been moving around the New York beer scene for several years from working beer festivals to creating beer related events all over the spectrum from home brew competitions label art exhibitions. Ann helped to relaunch and revitalize the local New York City Pink Boots chapter. Ann created a network for the women in beer in her community, “They provide truly ‘safe space’ forums where women in beer are able to speak openly. Places where inquiries can be made without judgment. Education can be offered, gained and expounded upon.”

The Craft Brewers Conference® is the number one environment in North America for concentrated, affordable brewing education and idea sharing to improve brewery quality and performance. Attendees can choose from twelve educational tracks; beer styles, brewing operations, business export, government affairs, hospitality, ingredients and supplies, marketing & social media, planning, quality, safety, Sales & distribution, sustainability, and thought leadership. These are led  by the top minds in the beer and business world. 

In addition to attending Craft Brewers Conference® these four women will each receive a pair of pink steel toe rubber boots when the Pay it Forward requirement associated with the scholarship is fulfilled.  

Jan
22
Lydia Moranski

UNC Charlotte Craft Beer Business Essentials Scholarship Recipient Announced

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The Pink Boots Society of North Carolina is proud to announce that Amber Rosado of Bond Brothers Brewing in Cary, North Carolina is the recipient of the UNC Charlotte Craft Beer Business Essentials scholarship.

Amber is currently pursuing her Bachelors’ degree in Business Management from Appalachian State University, and is excited to learn how to apply her business education to the beer industry.  She began working with Bond Brothers two years ago as an event staff member. She quickly moved into bartending, and ultimately Assistant Event Coordinator, and her presence is having a positive effect. Her boss, Laura Eischen says, “She has excelled in her job duties and has positively impacted multiple areas of the brewery I had not anticipated. She came on board having already completed her Cicerone Beer Server Certification. Amber takes her beer knowledge very seriously and I am impressed with her desire to advance her knowledge within the industry as well as maintain awareness of current trends.”

Amber earned her Cicerone Beer Server Certification when she was only nineteen years old, “I was intrigued by the science and talent it takes to create all these different styles. I passed the test by just the books due to not being of legal age to properly taste and understand every style.”

The Craft Beer Business Essentials Certificate is designed as an accelerated curriculum to provide homebrewers, entrepreneurs, and business professionals with the foundational business knowledge, tools, resources, skills, and networking opportunities to be successful from the initial stages of creating their business plan all the way through to making a profit and increasing distribution.