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Pink Boots Exclusive Yakima Chief Hops Experiential Trip Scholarship

Women In Beer

The Pink Boots scholarship program has some VERY EXCITING news to share with you! Unfortunately, the 2021 Yakima Chief Hops: Hops and Brew School will be virtual due to COVID-19, so they are offering to fly five Pink Boots members out to Yakima for this incredible experiential trip! The dates are August 23-27, 2021. Please see below for details.

Yakima Chief Hops is excited to offer an exclusive opportunity for five (5) Pink Boots Society members to travel to Yakima Valley for a three (3) day visit hosted by their very own Kelly Lohrmeyer. This trip includes a $500 airline stipend to offset travel costs, three (3) nights of lodging, three (3) lunches, Hops Swag, transportation, and Meet & Greet Happy Hour/Dinner at Bale Breaker Brewing Company. Plus, tours of the Brewing, R and D, and Pellet Plant in Yakima as well as tours of the farm and of the new YCR Research Facility. But wait, there’s more! The five recipients will also experience sensory and PBS Hop Rub and brew a Fresh Hop Beer with Single Hill Brewing!!


  • $500 Airline stipend
  • Monday-Wednesday lodging with the option to help with Thursday lodging, if needed
  • Lunch Tuesday-Thursday
  • Meet and Greet Happy Hour/Dinner at Bale Breaker on Tuesday
  • Transportation each day
  • Tours of the Brewing, R and D and Pellet Plant in Yakima
  • Sensory and PBS Hop Rub
  • Brew a Fresh Hop Beer with Single Hill
  • Hop Swag

How awesome is that?! Due to the unique opportunity and quick turnaround, this scholarship is separate than the typical quarterly scholarships. The application window opens June 8 and closes July 1. You can apply here.

Please reach out to scholarship@pinkbootssociety.org if you have any questions or need help with anything!


Pink Boots Society Board of Directors Welcomes Two New Members of the Board

News, Women In Beer

Please join the entire Pink Boots Board of Directors in welcoming two new members of the board! Debbie Cerda and Georgina Solis have both served as chapter leaders and volunteered on other crucial Pink Boots committees for several years, demonstrating their dedication to the Mission and Vision of our organization. Thank you, Georgina and Debbie, for your continued commitment and for sharing your path within Pink Boots.

Georgina Solis

Hi! My name is Georgina, but most folks call me Georgie. My story is similar to most in that I didn’t find craft beer: it found me. I used to be a police officer in Arlington, TX. It was one of my beat partners who introduced me to the world that is craft beer. I was volunteering at a local brewery on my days off; two months later they offered me a job in distribution. I drove a truck dropping off kegs at bars and restaurants for about a year and a half before finally making the move to production. In summer of 2018 I left the Dallas beer scene to take on a project in a small town in Hungary. I spent my summer there helping their crew adopt American styles of brewing. By fall I found myself back in Texas in a small city called Houston. I started as a brewer at Eureka Heights Brew Co. and this year will be my third calling it my home away from home.

Throughout all of my beer adventures, Pink Boots has been a constant companion. I was the chapter leader of the North Texas Chapter and was able to organize an awesome turnout for our first PBS Collaboration Brew Day. When I arrived in Houston, I immediately joined the chapter and got the group involved in the Collab Brew Day for the first time! Since then, I have been a part of the organization by joining the Chapter and Education Task Force and, more recently, the Board of Directors. I really wanted to join the Board ever since I saw how vital education and networking is to Pink Boots. When I won a scholarship in 2019 it was one of the most fulfilling feelings I had experienced in a while, and that feeling is what compelled me to run for a seat on the Board. I want to maintain the strong relationships we have with all of our scholarship partners while seeking out more to encompass all fermentables. We have a lot of work to do and I am looking forward to serving the membership for the next two years.

Salud, Georgie

Debbie Cerda

Debbie Cerda has been involved in beer for over thirty years and has a wealth of knowledge and experience to share from her journey. A pivotal moment in her employment was working at a historic British-style pub in Houston, Texas, in the late eighties, where she engaged with the likes of Michael “The Beer Hunter” Jackson, Belgian (and later Texan) brewer Pierre Celis, and three generations of the Young dynasty–Young’s Ram Rod ESB was a favorite! Since then, she’s volunteered and worked for several breweries and brewpubs in Austin, Texas, including one of the first ever brewpubs to open in Texas in 1994.

Debbie joined Pink Boots Society in 2011, and after attending PBS meetings at national events she returned home to form the Austin chapter. Her proudest accomplishment is witnessing the success of younger craft beer industry professionals who she introduced and mentored during their career–many of them came from her volunteer pool from community events that were non-beer related!

Debbie has a “portfolio” career, balancing her time between sales and business development for a Postgres consulting firm during the week, while supporting several functions including marketing and social media, charitable efforts, and community outreach and engagement for Jester King Brewery. She’s also responsible for fundraising for an impoverished village school in Kyanuna, Uganda.

She is committed to empowering others to create a vibrant and resilient community of female professionals across multiple sectors in the fermented beverage industries for now and the future.

In her free time, she enjoys a nice single malt Scotch whiskey or a glass of Cabernet Franc while playing online RPGs and relaxing with her pup, Maris Otter, and kitty, Vienna–yes, they are named after her favorite malts!


Yuengling 2020 Diversity in Brewing Scholarship Recipient Announced

Scholarship Recipients, Women In Beer

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.


Five Crafting A Strategy National Scholarship Recipients Announced

Scholarship Recipients

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.