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Barth-Haas Hops Academy Scholarship Recipients Announced

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The Pink Boots Society is proud to announce that Jenna Blair of Lagunitas Brewing Company and Anna Vellante of Redemption Rock Brewing Co. are the recipients of the 2019 Barth-Haas Hops Academy scholarship. Each was chosen by a selection committee of experienced women beer professionals who hold positions as brewers, educators and writers.

Jenna’s education, a degree in Molecular, Cell and Development Biology and Siebel Institute International Certificate in Brewing and experience in the labs of multiple breweries contributed to her being awarded this scholarship. The selection committee commented that, As a relatively technical scholarship, Jenna is a very qualified applicant and we feel will reap a great benefit. Her extensive experience and knowledge in brewing, brewing chemistry and quality assurance will allow her to use the education learned from the course to apply to her current role.

That current role is as a Quality Technician with Lagunitas, where Jenna not only tests their products but also does wastewater testing and runs company-wide sensory panels. She is looking forward to applying what she learns saying, “I 100% believe that not only would this class benefit our lab but it could fuel research that I would love to begin and that would be supported by my company. This would certainly allow me to share hop analysis techniques with many other local and smaller craft breweries. I have also read through the advertising for the Hops Academy and they mention increasing efficiency and reducing waste. I think that everyone in our thriving industry should be focusing on how we can reduce waste, not only our own monetary gain but also in hopes of making beer production more sustainable as we work towards better usage of our raw materials.” 

Anna comes to the brewing industry with a degree in Global Sustainability with a focus on sustainable agriculture and says that while, “I am still green in the craft beer industry, my drive to pursue a life-long career in the industry formed very quickly. After considering many different possible career paths in the industry, I have come to an intersection of my passions: craft beer and sustainable agriculture.” 

At Redemption Rock Brewing Co. Anna’s role encompasses customer-facing time in the taproom and at festivals/events as well as work with the leadership team on the goal to obtain their B Corp Certification, which measures a company’s entire social and environmental performance, by 2020. This course will be her first introduction to hop farming and “not only add to my personal career development goals, it will provide me with the knowledge I need to gauge my own place of work’s sustainability practices. With a gained understanding of hop production I will be able to measure how closely our supply chain matches our environmental sustainability goals.”

The Barth-Haas Hops Academy is a two-day onsite course in Yakima, WA during hop harvest season consisting of presentations by hop and brewing experts and top researchers and growers that will cover topics including new trends in hop breeding, hop chemistry, hop quality and brewing techniques as well as new hop varieties, products, usage and analytical and sensory evaluation techniques to gauge hop and beer quality. The course also includes tours of the Haas hop farm and production facility where attendees will experience the hop fields and witness all components of hop production from whole hops to CO2 extract, as well as a guided tour of Haas Innovations Research Brewery.

In addition to attending the course, Jenna and Anna 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

Study Abroad Scholarship Program

Women In Beer

Hey everyone, Nichole here! Normally my focus is on our chapters but I wanted to share a little information about our current scholarship and what you can expect from it!

Our friend Tom came to us with the idea for the Cultural Immersion Tour about 5 years ago and it quickly became a staple of our scholarship program. For many years we have provided our members the opportunity to take a 2 week trip around Bavaria immersing themselves in rich and historic brewing processes (and just a couple of liters of weissbier).

Recently one of our newer PBS members Dr. Catherine Brewer, who works for New Mexico State University, approached us with the idea of a new scholarship: one with more education and a chance to visit new places. We couldn’t say no!

They have faculty-led international programs, and this one is Dr. Brewer’s baby. I know the details are scant on our scholarship page so I wanted to make sure everyone had an idea of what this new scholarship opportunity is all about.

For the first year, the plan is to visit Belgium and The Netherlands. You will be visiting places like Cantillon, beer museums, a really cool brewing school in Gent which is one of the most beautiful places on earth, and more! There are so many new and tangible educational components with this opportunity, and we are really excited to have this as our new international experience! At our 2019 board retreat this year we talked about how we want to increase our scholarship opportunities while ensuring they have as much value as possible… we feel this is a great start!

Are you a student? You will receive clock hours for this tour. One more time: THIS TRIP COUNTS TOWARDS COLLEGE CREDIT! 

And to keep things interesting: Every year she plans to change the countries and itinerary completely. She is already looking into planning trips to South Africa, European countries (including Germany), and potentially Asia! I can’t wait for us to have these chances to really explore the world and continue to learn and better ourselves.

Now get applying!  https://www.pinkbootssociety.org/scholarship-application/



Nicole Sykes


Kris McDowell

Yakima Chief Hops Hop & Brew School ® Scholarship Recipients Announced

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The Pink Boots Society is excited to announce and introduce the seven ladies that have been selected to receive a scholarship to the 2019 Yakima Chief Hops Hop & Brew School ®. Each was chosen by a selection committee of experienced women beer professionals who hold positions as brewers, educators and writers.

Chrissy Covington-Goulart wears multiple hats at Legend Brewing Company in Portsmouth, VA that encompass her two decades worth of experience in the restaurant industry as well as the last two years in which she has been transitioning into working at breweries. She says, “I love food, so I learned how to cook. I love beer, so I learned how to brew. One of my favorite things about both is learning how to get the most out of an individual ingredient and the way flavors compliment and play with one another to create something new that can be very simple and beautiful or full and complex and sometimes confusing.”

While relatively new to both the brewing world and the Pink Boots Society, Chrissy is passionate and motivated to leave her mark in the business. “As a new brewer, I do feel that the opportunity to take this course would potentially be invaluable to my career. Not only would the experience allow me to learn from some highly awarded brewers across the nation, it would also allow me the opportunity to meet with my peers within the business and network and expand my horizons within the craft beer community.”

The craft beer industry has been part of Amelia Franklin’s life since long before she could legally consume its products. When she was nine years old her father opened a 10bbl microbrewery in Maryland (still in operation!) and she says, “I remember the smells, the sounds, styles, and beer culture. But it wasn’t until I was 23 that I joined the industry myself.” The road she traveled in between had her earning a degree in Geology, exploring her interest in agriculture as a farm hand in the U.S. and abroad as well as working at a large farmers market.

Ameila joined Laughing Monk Brewing in San Francisco, CA  three years ago as the Director of Sales. At the time she was the first sales department hire and today she is managing a team of seven. “My career is still in its early stages,” she says, “but in a leadership role, I am learning the underbelly of the business. In the future, I imagine participating in the hop industry, perhaps starting a destination farm and microbrewery and welcoming women from around the world to stage or intern, in order to develop skills and foster their brewing potential.”

Lynlee Garside is Assistant Brewer at Boise Brewing in Boise, ID and previously worked at a homebrew supply and craft beer bottle shop. Beyond knowing how to homebrew and keg or bottle beer, she was also a resource for customers’ questions about the products they sold and how to make beer at home. On the bottle shop side of things she was responsible for buying beer for the bottle shop side of the business, bringing in product that would excite their customer base.

Since moving into her current Assistant Brewer position she has added to her existing knowledge of what hops to use and at what point during the brewing process. However, she says, “With the market ever changing and growing, there is so much more to learn. This course seems like the perfect opportunity to learn from the people who work with them everyday!” Lynlee is looking forward to advancing her career by being able to have a more valuable voice with the head brewer and contributing to making decisions on what hops to use for certain beers and when their addition would have the most impact.

Lydia Moranski of Artisanal Brewing Ventures in Charlotte, NC says, “My hope for this scholarship is simple. I want to visit the Yakima Valley to tour a hop facility and be able to see and understand first hand the entire growth process, as well as potentially see how innovation and research is done. I want to soak in as much knowledge as is presented to us. To meet a group of amazing ladies who have a similar aspiration as myself. Then bring the knowledge and experience back and share it with not only my brewery, my chapter, and community. But, anyone who will listen.”

A homebrewer since 2013 and brewer for Artisanal since last year, Lydia has seen the rise of hop-heavy beers but also sees that their future may be limited. She feels that the more she can understand hops, especially how to maximize the impact of hops without being wasteful, the better brewer she can be. She says, “A few months ago Stan Hieronymus was on the BeerSmith Home Brewing Podcast talking about many times anything over two pounds per barrel get lost in our flavor receptors. Now think about all the beers you have seen with way more than that.”

Luci Mino is the sole Boston Chapter scholarship recipient and has been with Notch Brewing in Salem, MA for two years. She came to Notch as a beertender from another brewery which she is appreciative to for giving her, “the freedom to grow and explore the flavor profiles and backgrounds behind a lovely array of beers.” Initially hired on as a bartender for Notch, she has also worked in the kitchen and these days she is spending more time in the back of the house as a cellar person learning as much as she can about the brewing process.

Beer is an agricultural product at its base and speaks to the love of horticulture and botany that has been with Luci since she was in her early teens. Starting out gardening for people in her hometown and working at the farmers market, her early interest has transitioned to an intense intrigue in the growing of hops. She says, “I want to understand the condition factors and techniques that give us such a diversity in the hop pallet we have access to when brewing.” Luci is excited about the hands-on environment this course will take place in and bringing what she learns back to share with customers, PBS peers/mentors and co-workers.

Lexi Russell is one of the beertending faces of Duck Foot Brewing Company in San Diego, CA whose job is to “know the ins and outs of different styles and processes and be able to answer questions regarding beer.” In addition to the customer-facing aspect of her job she ensures that the beer is properly handled and served to the customers. She is also working to learn as much about commercial brewing as possible by helping out in the brewery.  

Outside of the brewery Lexi is studying for her Cicerone Level 2 exam and constantly has a coffee table covered by beer books, study materials and worksheets to aide in her self education. By attending the Hop & Brew School she says, “I hope to advance my career by networking and gaining the knowledge that this course will provide. A deeper understanding of hops and brewing processes will help me get to where I want to be in the brewing industry – in production. This course will provide me with the knowledge I need to take the next step in the brewhouse and become more hands on in making beer. My long-term life goal is to open a brewery of my own, and I have a lot to learn before that can happen.”

Ashley Schafer, Territory Sales Manager for Sufferfest Beer Company/Sierra Nevada, came to craft beer after serving seven years in the Air Force. Her first dip into the waters was as a part time beer buyer and “the opportunity opened my eyes and made it clear to me where my passion was.” She had always been into beer but never thought of it as a career choice until then.

Since committing to a career in beer Ashley has held many positions in the industry including being a tap room server, a position that pulled her out of her generally shy, reserved demeanor and allowed her to flourish in an environment where she was able to speak to people about something she loved. Building on her newly discovered outgoing side she added to her knowledge base by spending some time in a production environment and now enjoys getting people excited about beer working on the sales side. She is looking forward to continue learning during this course and be more knowledgeable in her conversations with buyers about her brand’s choices in hop selection and what goes into that.

Yakima Chief Hops Hop & Brew School ® is a two-day onsite course in Yakima, WA that will cover topics including new trends in hop breeding, hop chemistry and brewing techniques. Guest speakers include award-winning brewers from across the United States speaking on hop usage, recipe formulation and brewing methods. Local hop farmers will also be in attendance to address the numerous growing aspects of hops from yields and aroma characteristics to new, up and coming proprietary varieties. The course includes a ranch tour, where attendees will experience the hop fields and witness hop picking, drying and baling, as well as a guided tour of Yakima Chief Hops headquarters, where they will observe the receiving and warehousing of the hops.

Kris McDowell

American Society of Brewing Chemists 2019 Meeting Scholarship Recipients Announced

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The Pink Boots Society is proud to announce the two recipients of the American Society of Brewing Chemist 2019 Meeting scholarship. Each was chosen by a selection committee of experienced women beer professionals who hold positions as brewers, educators and writers.

Amanda Oberbroeckling of Odd13 Brewing in Lafayette, CO is the national recipient and was selected to receive this scholarship by the committee due to her strong essay, in which expressed her goals of connecting with others in the brewing industry to help grow their programs and growing within her own company.

Three years ago Amanda accepted the Lab Technician position where she was charged her with creating and running the quality control lab. Since then she has added running the brewery’s sensory program to her responsibilities. She says, “Our brewery prides itself on having a very large, very robust quality program and lab for our production size, and it has become my goal to be a leader and an example for smaller breweries, to show them that knowledge, techniques, equipment, and mentorship are possible, regardless of their size.” To that end she has spent considerable time visiting and speaking with other brewery labs across the country and has found, “there is a growing need for further education for brewing quality control and lab employees, and while the group of individuals in this sector of the industry is rather small, it is beginning to grow at a rapid pace as smaller breweries put increasingly more emphasis on their quality control programs.”

The ASBC conference is something that had been on Amanda’s radar since she began building Odd13’s lab. She says, “My goal in attending the ASBC conference is to learn about the progress being made in the most relevant research projects throughout the industry, and to contribute my own experiences and ideas with others in the industry. As the only lab employee in our brewery, our quality control program has become both my job and my passion project, and I hope to continue to grow in my career by becoming the lab manager. Participating in the ASBC conference would allow me to take the next step in my career by allowing me the opportunity to bring new information and ideas to my brewery’s ownership, and to network with others who are in the same position that I am, to gain friends and mentors that can help me on my career path.”

Erika Anderson of Beer & Wine Hobby in Woburn is the Boston Chapter recipient and was selected to receive this scholarship due in part to the letter of recommendation from the owner of Beer & Wine Hobby. In the 18 months she has worked there he has been impressed by her personal growth as well as her ability to put her knowledge to work advising their clients, to the extent that she has even begun creating a following of her own.

When Erika joined Beer & Wine Hobby she was in the process of earning her Business of Craft Beer Certificate from the University of Vermont. Between that formal education and educating herself with homebrewing books she has solidified herself as a homebrewer with a solid grasp on the basics but wants to continue to push herself to learn more. She says, “Attending more seminars, classes, and craft beer focused events will help me to gain more hands on knowledge.”

Erika looks forward to sharing the knowledge she gains with her customers and empowering her female customers in particular. She is actively working to bring more women into homebrewing and has recently decided to teach a women-only homebrew class to give women a safe space to feel comfortable and confident in learning a stereotypical “mens hobby.” She says, “The more I think about the homebrew culture the more I feel that it’s lacking. I’d like to change that and be the inspiration. I want women to know that they can brew beer too, whether at home or in a commercial space. We have to support each other if we’re to ever make a difference.”

The American Society of Brewing Chemist 2019 Meeting is a two and a half day conference filled with engaging discussions, interactive technical workshops and cutting-edge research presentations from speakers within and outside of the industry sharing their perspective on challenges and opportunities for the brewing community. From yeast genetics to hop aroma and technical barrel aging, this year’s ASBC Meeting program is filled to the brim with outstanding topics and great speakers. The keynote hop genetics presentation will be “Big Shoes to Fill” by hop researcher Peter Darby of Wye College, Kent. UK. Workshops include: Discussion of Barrel-age Practices and Stability in Package, Methods of Analysis Dive-in, From Bytes to BeeR: Leveraging the Statistical Programming Language R in Brewing Data Science, Hop Selection: An Imperfect Science, Understanding Biotransformation and the Impact on Flavor/Aroma of Beer and Unveiling the Magic and Mystery behind Malting and Brewing with Novel and Alternative Grains.