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Oregon State University Scholarship Announced

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The Pink Boots Society is proud to announce Sarah Scullion of Beyond the Pale Brewing Company as the first scholarship recipient of two thousand and twenty, the Oregon State University Beer Quality and Analysis series.  

Sarah was chosen as the recipient of this scholarship, due to her role as quality analysis and quality control. In this role Sarah has learned many things at the job site which has given her the background to be able to take this opportunity of a more formal learning style and build upon what she already knows. Sarah took her background in Microbiology and created and laid the framework for the brewery lab. This course will not only ensure Beyond the Pale is running the best quality and analysis it can. But based on how active a member Sarah is, she will also provide information back to her chapter and help other women with better quality and analysis.  

Sarah has been a member of the brewing industry since two thousand and eighteen and strives to keep learning, whether it is in the lab or general brewing skills. She has submerged herself in all aspects; from brewing to marketing. Prior to joining the brewing industry Sarah was a homebrewer and looks forward to the Oregon State University Beer Quality and Analysis series  teaching her more about both quality analysis and brewing as a whole. 

The Oregon State University Professional and Continuing Education Beer Quality and Analysis series series in a hybrid course of six-week online tutorials concluding with one week on-site at Oregon State University in Corvallis, OR. This scholarship is designed for brewery owners and managers, Quality Control/Quality Assurance personnel, and anyone that requires technical training to complete their tasks in the brewhouse, cellar or packaging hall. 

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


Lydia Moranski

Cicerone BeerSavvy® Scholarship Recipients Announced

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The Pink Boots Society is proud to announce Kyrié Benson of John Haas inc. from Selah, Washington as the Cicerone® Beer Savvy National scholarship Recipient. As well as Caitlin Hill from Hop Culture Farms and Brewing Co. in Colchester, CT as the Connecticut chapter scholarship recipient.

Kyrié is a production coordinator at John I Haas. This means she is one of the amazing people making sure the breweries get their hops, one of the four essential brewing ingredients. Whether it is putting together packing lists, answering phone calls, greeting people or setting up safety protocols, she will get it done.  Before Kyrié moved to the behind the scenes she worked at the beer shoppe in Yakima helping to connect people with great beer. Yakima Valley is a huge location for hops and often has travels coming into the area.   

Kyrié has been all over the world for beer festivals, from multiple locations across America, to parts of New Zealand, Australia and Ireland. She hosts The Hoppy Wanderer podcast about her journeys and can be found on Spotify and Castbox. 

Caitlin Hill of Hop Culture Farms and Brewing Co in Colchester, CT was chosen by the Connecticut selection committee for this scholarship because she shows a true interest in learning more about the best practices for pouring and serving beer as a front of house employee. In addition, she has a strong desire to increase her knowledge of beer styles not only to better herself, but to share her knowledge with the customers that visit the brewery every week. 

Prior to working at Hop Culture, Caitlin worked for Narragansett Brewing as a promotional rep in the state of CT, pouring at various beer festivals and hosting tastings at bars and package stores across the state. Before working in the industry, Caitlin volunteered for the CT chapter of Girls Pint Out as chapter leader, planning and executing monthly events to educate women who loved beer just as much as she did!

Caitlin currently works as a beertender at Hop Culture Farms and Brewing Co in Colchester, CT where she works behind the bar, serving patrons and educating guests not only on the beer, but also on hop farming and the different varieties that are grown on the land. In addition to working at Hop Culture, Caitlin also serves at the current Brew Day Liaison for the CT Pink Boots Chapter.

The Cicerone BeerSavvy® Course is a comprehensive self-paced online beer training course designed to enhance knowledge of brewing techniques, beer styles, understanding flavors and off-flavors, food pairings and the language to clearly discuss beer. The course is beneficial for many people who work in the beer industry including those who are educating others about beer.

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.


Lydia Moranski

Crafting A Strategy Scholarship Recipients Announced

Scholarship Recipients

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.

Cat Wiest

Membership Spotlight

Women In Beer
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.