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Dec
4
Kris McDowell

PSU Business of Craft Brewing Scholarship Recipient Announced

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The Pink Boots Society is proud to announce that Sarah Miller of Darwin Brewing Co. in Bradenton, FL is the recipient of the Portland State University Online Business of Craft Brewing Certificate scholarship.

Chosen by the PBS Scholarship Selection Committee (SSC), five very experienced women beer professionals who hold positions as brewers, educators and writers, they selected Sarah, saying, “She has worked her way up the ladder and has the determination to open her own brewery. This certificate would help her to fully understand what will be required of her to open her own place and give her the greatest chances of success.”

Sarah joined the brewing industry three years ago, bringing with her 10 years of experience in the coffee industry, a BFA in Illustration and years of persevering in male-dominated arenas. What started as a single shift per week bar tending position has expanded into a multi-faced role where she manages social media, events and the taproom, as well as brewing on Darwin’s pilot system. Proud of what she had achieved, Sarah said, “I felt something was still missing, and I found myself wanting more knowledge. Last year I enrolled myself in the USFSP Brewing Arts program. I worked hard, day and night to do my school work while maintaining my promotion to Taproom Manager. I fought through long nights of modules, homework, and an internship. I even won a beer recipe project! Not only did I persevere, I felt at home. I worked hard, I learned and I grew. But, I feel like I have hit a stand still and it doesn’t feel like it should end there.” With this scholarship Sarah will be able to continue to grow and learn the business side of opening and operating a brewery.   

The Online Business of Craft Brewing Certificate focuses on the commerce skills needed to create a viable basic startup business plan to make a brewery efficient and profitable. Students will be introduced to the various players and processes that go into producing and selling craft beverages, from growing grains and hops, to malting, brewing, distribution and retail environments. The courses in this four-course certificate cover different strategies, the associated costs of creating a craft beer and business models, culminating in an investor-ready business plan to present to potential backers, the craft beverage startup community and other potential business partners.

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

Nov
21
Kris McDowell

Road to Cicerone® Scholarship Recipient Announced

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The Pink Boots Society is proud to announce that the Boston Chapter recipient of the 2019 Road to Cicerone® Courses Educational Series scholarship is Emily Beaulieu of Lamplighter Brewing Co. in Cambridge. 

Emily is a woman of many hats at Lamplighter Brewing, including Bartender, Staff Trainer, Online Retail Operations Manager and Bottle Society Coordinator. Her role encompasses many aspects of social media, coordination of launch events with the marketing and operation teams, and general membership management.  Emily plans to share the knowledge she learns through the Road to Cicerone® Courses, with not only the people within her brewery but also the Boston Pink Boots Chapter and her Cicerone study group.

After graduating from Boston University with a masters in counseling, Emily worked as a guidance counselor for two years but found herself feeling jaded. To regain her footing she took a position with a small, outdoor Maine brewery for the summer. She described it as “a fast-paced learn-on-the-job kind of deal,” which left her hungering to learn more about the industry.  “I started to lose sight of full-time counseling and began thinking seriously about pursuing a job in the industry and eventually made the fateful decision to move back home to follow this hunger. I applied to work at a new brewery and over a year later, I am infinitely grateful to be a part of this community.”

The Road to Cicerone® Courses Educational Series is an annual scholarship offering for the Pink Boots Society and includes a suite of study books and exams. The coursebooks will enhance the student’s knowledge of brewing techniques, raw ingredients, how to properly keep and store beer, beer styles of specific regions, and the language to clearly discuss beer. Each self-paced coursebook should take 12 hours to complete and includes a specialist exam to validate the knowledge learned, assisting the student on her journey to Master Cicerone®. The specialist exam will enhance Certified Beer Server credentials by earning a course pin when the student passes or may be used to take unlimited chances to quiz oneself for the Certified Cicerone®, Advanced Cicerone®, or Master Cicerone® exams. 

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

 

Nov
11
Kris McDowell

Deliria Brew Day Experiential Scholarship Recipient Announced

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The Pink Boots Society is proud to announce that Laura Davis of New Belgium Brewing in Colorado is the recipient of the BBL, Inc. USA Deliria Brew Day Experiential scholarship.

Laura was chosen by the PBS Scholarship Selection Committee (SSC), five very experienced women beer professionals who hold positions as brewers, educators and writers from a strong group of applicants. In her essay she was able to convey how this scholarship would contribute to her career as well as how she plans to share what she learns with the members of her Fort Collins Chapter – a presentation will combine both the technical side of the experience and the environment in which it occurs.

As a Systems & Automations Engineer at New Belgium, Laura designs, implements, maintains and optimizes automation solutions to improve quality, foster environmental stewardship, improve reliability or add capability across the brewery. It is a role that she loves, “from the nitty gritty of process engineering to the finished product.” Her technical education grows daily however she says, “I end up on project work most of the time and I become an expert in little, discreet corners of the process. I’d like to ‘zoom out’ and see the whole process in a more traditional and established facility.”

In regards to the beer she will be part of brewing, Laura conveyed her eagerness to learn more about the diverse and dynamic category of Belgian beers. “I was once told that Belgian beer has 3 ingredients: water, grain, and whatever else you want. I’d like to experience the type of culture that encourages the wild, unconstrained creativity while fostering quality and devotion to craft.” 

The BBL, Inc. USA Deliria Brew Day Experiential Scholarship is an onsite experience January 17 – 19, 2020 in Ghent, Belgium and is designed for any beer professional with a passion for Belgian style beers and brewing processes. There women in the beer industry from around the globe will come together to brew a beer for International Women’s Day (March 8th). Local travel, hotel accommodations, beer and meals are provided by Delirium and a stipend is included to cover travel to Belgium.

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

Oct
22
Kris McDowell

Crafting A Strategy Scholarship Recipients Announced

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The Pink Boots Society is excited to announce and introduce the two ladies that have been selected to receive a scholarship for a one-year membership to Crafting A Strategy. Each was chosen by a selection committee of experienced women beer professionals who hold positions as brewers, educators and writers.

Kristine Bobrosky is currently the Tasting Room Supervisor at Bravery Brewing in Lancaster, CA, the owners of which she met while working as a wine steward at The Grand Hotel in Michigan. Prior to working in the beer and wine industry she went to school for business management and in the future would like to combine her experience in both to work on the administrative and business development side of the brewery.

This course, she says, “will help me understand in greater depth the business strategy behind the beer industry; something that I will able to relate to my small business management studies. With this knowledge I will be able to make sense of various strategies of business improvement in our industry.” Beyond benefiting her own career, Kristine is looking forward to sharing what she learns with her Pink Boots Society chapter and perhaps beyond. “I feel my LA Chapter needs someone to share business insight with them that they can implement in their workplaces. I am not afraid of being a teacher. I also have this dream in assisting in the development of brewery education program at our local colleges.” 

Patricia Low is the co-founder/owner of BarmHaus Brewing Co. in Garden Valley, CA. It is a project that she dove into in 2016 with minimal previous homebrewing or professional beer industry skills, instead trusting her business partner’s words and his amazing beer. She says, “We are maintaining in spite of the fact that our team has no previous professional experience to draw from. On the plus side, all the interactions I have had with other industry members the last few years has proven to be insightful and helpful to our brewery.” 

Those interactions include connecting with a neighboring brewery, facilitated by connections she has made as a Pink Boots Society member, to brew a Pink Boots collaboration beer. The beer has been well received by her customers and Patricia is extremely proud of being involved in the entire process of its creation. “Just recently I had a customer buy a case of our Pink Boots collaboration beer. He told me that the beer was unique, worth the cost and it was extra special because it was a part of the Pink Boots organization.”

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 she fulfills the Pay It Forward requirement associated with the scholarship.