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Jun
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Erica DeAnda Scholarship Recipient
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Siebel Concise Course in Brewing Technology Scholarship Recipient Announced

The Pink Boots Society is proud to announce that Erica De Anda of Freewheel Brewing Company is the recipient of the Siebel World Brewing Academy Concise Course in Brewing Technology scholarship.

Chosen by the PBS Scholarship Selection Committee (SSC), five very experienced women beer professionals who hold positions as brewers, educators and writers, they chose Erica to receive this scholarship because her application shows “she has a real drive to give back and teach others. Her ability to organize and run a brew day indicates that she is really dedicated to taking her career to the next level and this course will definitely advance her career.”

Three years ago Erica took a risk to work at a brand new brew pub. At the time she says, “I knew nothing about beer except that I did not like it, it was bitter, and left my mouth dry.” The turning point was one day when she had a sip of Petrus Aged Pale  and thought “What is this golden, slightly tart, slightly oaky, liquid they are calling beer?” She felt compelled to learn how it was made and says, “I started to show up to the brewery early in the morning, I swept floors and did grain outs in exchange for brewing education, and then worked my serving shifts where I constantly picked our beer buyer’s brain.” Since then she has moved her way up, working for Speakeasy Ales & Lagers, Armstrong Brewing and now holds an assistant brewer position with Freewheel where they focus on brewing traditional English ales. Even with all of those accomplishments she is getting by on a brewer’s salary and describes being awarded the scholarship for this extensive course as “life changing.”

The Concise Course in Brewing Technology is an intensive, online three-month course that utilizes a mix of textual instructions, streaming video presentations narrated by some of the best instructors in brewing, and synchronous chat sessions between students and faculty. Students will gain the knowledge and confidence to work effectively in the world of commercial brewing in this course that covers topics ranging from business of beer, alcohol and health, CIP programs and Quality Assurance/Quality Control.

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

May
28
Kris McDowell
Danielle Byers Scholarship Recipient
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10th Anniversary Conference Scholarship Recipient Announced

The Pink Boots Society is proud to announce that Danielle Byers of The Rare Barrel in CA is the recipient of the 10th Anniversary Conference scholarship.

Chosen by the PBS Scholarship Selection Committee (SSC), five very experienced women beer professionals who hold positions as brewers, educators and writers, they chose Danielle to receive this scholarship as she “has shown major involvement in a start-up brewery and is focused on creating and fostering community, which is one of the greatest purposes of the upcoming meeting.”

Danielle is the Sales and Marketing Coordinator for The Rare Barrel and is looking forward to attending the conference, saying that it will allow her to “acquire more information and get a variety of perspectives about approaching distribution, as we begin to increase our direct to retail sales throughout California and potentially distribute outside of California in the next year.” She also anticipates the knowledge gained by attending public relations and marketing/social media workshops will assist her in the management of all of the media for the brewery.

The 10th Anniversary Conference is a one-day event taking place in San Diego that will have multiple prominent industry speakers presenting seminars and participating on panels with topics ranging from sensory to social media to sustainability. The conference will kick off with a keynote from Megan Parisi, Head Brewer at Samuel Adams, and be followed the next day by the first ever Pink Boots Beer Festival. The festival will feature a large and diverse selection of the best beers in the industry, many brewed by Pink Boots Society members with the proceeds benefiting the scholarship program.

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

May
9
Kris McDowell
Sarah Swafford Scholarship Recipient
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Business of Craft Beer Education Camp Scholarship Recipient Announced

The Pink Boots Society is proud to announce that Sarah Swafford of 21st Amendment Brewery in CA is the recipient of the 2017 Business of Craft Beer Education Camp – Connoisseur Camp scholarship, a partnership with San Diego State University College of Extended Studies and Karl Strauss Brewing Co.

Chosen by the PBS Scholarship Selection Committee (SSC), five very experienced women beer professionals who hold positions as brewers, educators and writers, they chose Sarah to receive this scholarship because she is “working hard to gather an impressive education to set herself above the game and committed to lead projects to empower women within the brewing industry as an active member of PBS.”

Sarah works for 21st Amendment Brewery as an Area Sales Manager covering San Francisco, San Jose, Santa Cruz and Santa Rosa and is studying to take the Certified Ciceroneⓒ exam later this year. Last summer she took Intensive Brewing Science for Practical Brewing through UC Davis Extension, paying for the course out of pocket, saying “it was worth every penny.” She feels the Craft Beer Connoisseur Camp is the perfect opportunity to further her career path, one which includes passing all levels of the Ciceroneⓒ exam, overseeing the development of an Education Department at 21st Amendment and moving into a bigger role with the Pink Boots Bay Area Chapter.

The week long on-site intensive Business of Craft Beer Education Camp – Connoisseur Camp is designed for brewery owners, brewery managers, bar/pub managers, sales representatives and those studying for Ciceroneⓒ or BJCP exams. The program will dive deep into the history of beer and beer styles with over 55 hours of intensive instruction including tastings, sensory panels and field trips to local iconic San Diego breweries. Participants will also learn about draft systems, tour program management and learn about off-flavor during hands-on sensory panels. After the intensive study, attendees will also have a day to explore all that beautiful San Diego has to offer.

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.

Apr
11
Kris McDowell
Cat Wiest Scholarship Recipient
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UC Davis Intensive Brewing Science Scholarship Recipient Announced

The Pink Boots Society is proud to announce that Cat Wiest of Seabright Brewery is the recipient of the University of California, Davis Extension Intensive Brewing Science for Practical Brewing scholarship.

Chosen by the PBS Scholarship Selection Committee (SSC), five very experienced women beer professionals who hold positions as brewers, educators and writers, they chose Cat to receive this scholarship because although she has no formal training she is a “hands-on brewer, hard worker and a quick learner” that they feel will embrace the UC Davis course and use the knowledge to take her brewing to a new level.

Cat began her professional brewing career in 2012 in what she describes as a “happy accident.” She says, “My career started in a large production brewery. No one cared if I had an education or not – we were desperately understaffed, and I was able to work hard enough for two people (I was hired for my background in the Alaskan commercial fishing industry).” After a year and a half at Pyramid Brewing she moved on to Speakeasy Ales and Lagers where she spent two years before joining Seabright Brewing last spring. From cellar operations to third shift brewhouse operator and now to head brewer, Cat has steadily worked her way up the brewing ranks.

Cat has many goals and is making “pretty good beers and customers review them favorably. I want to make great beers. I want to make consistently great beers. I want to create award winning beers.” While education isn’t the only way to get there, that’s what is next in her sights. “Brewing is science and I want to be dragged through the beer science coals. I want to go through the Davis program.”

University of California, Davis Extension Intensive Brewing Science for Practical Brewing course is a five day on-site course that offers an intensive introduction to the sciences of brewing, engineering and brewing practice. Attendees will learn the technological and biochemical aspects of the entire brewing process from world renowned instructors Drs. Charles Bamforth and Michael Lewis. Topics of the interactive lecture sessions cover all aspects of brewing from raw materials to fermentation to quality control and sensory evaluation.

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

Mar
13
Kris McDowell
Audrey Ragle Scholarship Recipient
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Oregon State University Beer Quality & Analysis Scholarship Recipient Announced

The Pink Boots Society is proud to announce that Audrey Ragle of Carton Brewing Company in New Jersey is the recipient of the Oregon State University Beer Quality & Analysis course scholarship.

Chosen by the PBS Scholarship Selection Committee (SSC), five very experienced women beer professionals who hold positions as brewers, educators and writers, they chose Audrey to receive this scholarship as they feel she “is motivated to further her career through education” and “has a lot of ambition, dedication and commitment.”

Audrey’s path to brewing began while pursuing her geology/environmental degree where she was introduced to home brewing by some of the graduate students in her department. The brewing bug quickly took hold, leading to her purchasing her own home brewing kit after graduation and shortly thereafter upgrading her equipment to do all-grain brewing. That experience helped her to land her first job in the industry, with Carton Brewing as a part-time tour guide and bartender. From the beginning they intended that she would be in charge of the brewery’s future QC/QA program because of her science background. A year later she was promoted to Tasting Room Manager, a full-time position, followed by a transition to the production floor in early 2016 and then on to the position of Brewing Scientist in the spring of 2016.

In her current role Audrey says, “I now juggle the responsibilities of being a full-time production team member and single-handedly being in charge of the quality program.” Her motivation to grow “involves a lot of reading, learning, networking, and, when the opportunity arises, attending a course or workshop.” She has been on Oregon State’s mailing list for some time and has longingly looked at courses so when this scholarship came up she was eager to apply knowing that the education would benefit both her and her brewery’s lab.

OSU’s Beer Quality and Analysis Series teaches the fundamentals of basic beer analysis and microbiological techniques and their roles in the brewing process based on the official ASBC Methods of Analysis used in QA/QC labs worldwide, providing attendees the knowledge and tools to analyze and evaluate beer to influence quality control in a production brewing setting.

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

Jan
8
Kris McDowell
Kate Irving Scholarship Recipient
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Cicerone BeerSavvy® Scholarship Recipient Announced

The Pink Boots Society is proud to announce that Kate Irving, owner/brewer/operations manager of Hopkinsville Brewing Company, is the recipient of the Cicerone BeerSavvy® scholarship.

Chosen by the PBS Scholarship Selection Committee (SSC), five very experienced women beer professionals who hold positions as brewers, educators and writers, they chose Kate to receive this scholarship because they feel that “as she is already in the thick of running a nano-brewery, she is in great need of this knowledge.”

Kate’s 2.5-bbl nano-brewery in Hopkinsville’s Downtown Renaissance District is a small operation and as such she wears many hats: managing the day-to-day operations of the brewery, planning the production schedule, handling quality control, managing administration, training and payroll as well as devising and implementing the company’s branding and marketing campaigns. Her main career goal is to expand to a 7- to 10-bbl system in the next five years and in order to do so, taproom sales will need to increase.

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She knows that making sure she and her eight-member staff are knowledgeable about beers will be integral to that. Kate says, “I’ve found that many of our customers want to talk about beer – and although I’m extremely knowledgeable about our own eight beers, I don’t know as much as I should about beer in general. I believe taking this course and passing the exam will improve our overall level of service, and since the majority of our servers are female, I’ll be in a position to encourage and help them achieve their own certifications.”

The Cicerone BeerSavvy® Course is 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, Kate will receive a pair of pink steel-toe rubber boots when she fulfills the Pay It Forward requirement associated with the scholarship.

Dec
15
Kris McDowell
Laura Boada Scholarship Recipient
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The Pink Boots Society is proud to announce that Laura Boada, brewer at Zambo Creek in Quito, Ecuador is the recipient of the Fremont Brewing Company Five-Week Apprenticeship in Brewing & Beer Production scholarship.

Chosen by the PBS Scholarship Selection Committee (SSC), five very experienced women beer professionals who hold positions as brewers, educators and writers, they are excited to award Laura with this scholarship that they feel will be “an opportunity of a lifetime” for her and will help to enrich the beer culture and community in South America.

Laura currently works for Zambo Creek, the only microbrewery in Quito where the beer is made by women. She has been there for two years and says, “I do almost everything from the purchase of raw materials, equipment design, brewing, refinement and bottled of the final product. Also I am in charge of sales at fairs and festivals and I am supplier in bars in the city.” The raw materials that are used by most craft brewers in Ecuador are imported and that’s something that Laura is seeking to change by connecting with local farmers. Laura is not only looking forward to learning more about the brewing process during the apprenticeship but also experiencing Fremont’s model, one that has high environmental and social responsibility. She says she “would like to know and implement it in my brewery in Ecuador.”

The Fremont Brewing Company Five-Week Apprenticeship in Brewing & Beer Production will focus on all areas of the brewing industry including: cellar work, the brew house, beer production, lab work, yeast work, QA/QC, sensory analysis, packaging and an overview of sales and marketing. It will culminate on International Women’s Day, March 4, 2017, when the Laura will lead the Big Boots Brew (BBB), an international Pink Boots Society fundraising event, at Fremont Brewing.

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

Nov
15
Kris McDowell
Kim Collins Scholarship Recipient
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PSU Business of Craft Brewing Scholarship Recipient Announced

The Pink Boots Society is proud to announce that Kim Collins of Golden, Colo. 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 chose Kim to receive this scholarship as they feel “she has the brewing experience and a clear plan for her brewery, but lacks the business knowledge that will propel her to success—therefore, this course will benefit her greatly.”

Kim’s professional brewing career has spanned four years at five Colorado breweries including brewing on the 3bbl system at Barrels & Bottles, the 1bbl pilot system at Boulder Beer and most recently on the 20bbl system at Wynkoop Brewing Company. She had been homebrewing for eight years previously and made the jump to being a professional “to learn to everything there is to know about brewing and to someday open my own brewpub.” She’s in the process of making that dream a reality, purchasing a 21-acre piece of land in Michigan that will be home to a 10bbl brewery, restaurant and yurt camping for what she describes as “casual winery and summer camp combined.” While confident in her brewing skills, Kim has not owned a business before and is looking forward to the breadth of knowledge the courses in this certificate will provide.

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 business 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 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 start-up community and other potential business partners.

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

Oct
14
Kris McDowell
Scholarship Recipient Libby Murphy
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Cicerone BeerSavvy® Scholarship Recipient Announced

The Pink Boots Society is proud to announce that Libby Murphy, Editorial Assistant at Craft Beer & Brewing Magazine, is the recipient of the Cicerone BeerSavvy® scholarship.

Chosen by the PBS Scholarship Selection Committee (SSC), five very experienced women beer professionals who hold positions as brewers, educators and writers, they chose Libby to receive this scholarship as they feel “it will definitely help her credibility in her writing and help her with the depth of content.” They found it “exciting that her primary career is not the usual brewery/tap room—she wants to have the most education possible to assist her in her current career and is driven to make herself valuable when communicating with the beer industry.”

As Editorial Assistant Libby writes articles about the craft beer scene and home brewing, edits articles written by others and performs fact checks. She says that “getting a job writing and editing for a well-respected beer publication has been a dream come true.” However even with experience as a homebrewer for over 15 years she often feels intimidated by what she doesn’t know. “I quickly came to realize that I need far more formal education to bring my beer knowledge skills up to par with those I’m working with, interviewing, and socializing with on a professional level” she acknowledges. The course will both bolster her knowledge and help her feel more confident in her palate as she achieves a greater understanding of the many nuances of beer.

The Cicerone BeerSavvy® Course is 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, Libby will receive a pair of pink steel-toe rubber boots when she fulfills the Pay It Forward requirement associated with the scholarship.

Sep
24
Kris McDowell
Beer, Bratwurst & Beyond Tour Scholarship Recipients Announced
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The Pink Boots Society, in partnership with Treasures of Europe Tours, is excited to announce and introduce the six ladies that have been selected by the PBS Scholarship Selection Committee (SSC) to receive a travel scholarship for the second annual cultural immersion tour to Germany October 14-22, 2016.

Hailing from across the United States and Canada, these six women represent some of the varied positions Pink Boots Society members hold in the brewing industry – lab/quality control, hospitality manager, brewer/wort production, events manager, certified sightseeing guide for beer tours and freelance writer/photographer focused on beer, food and travel. Stephanie Arsenault, Astrid Cook, Jen Jordan, Monica Mondragon, Amy Newell-Large and Caroline Wallace will be joining delegates from the tour’s sponsors – Oskar Blues Brewery, Boston Beer/Brewing the Dream and BSG Craft – and other Pink Boots members for this insider’s tour of southern Germany.

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Stephanie Arsenault is a freelance writer, photographer and social media specialist whose background includes working for Big Rock Brewery in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, background in journalism and participation in International Women’s Collaboration Brew Day, something she describes as “a fantastic experience.” While not a brewer herself Stephanie says, “My time working in the beer industry has reaffirmed my passion of the brew, for those who create it, and for the beer itself. I love to capture the moments within the industry, those candid snapshot of the people, their process, and the product.”

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A freelance writer like Stephanie, Astrid Cook is also a certified sightseeing guide for Urban Adventures in New York where she gives public and private beer tours. She looks forward to the experience the scholarship will provide her regarding craft beer and emerging trends in Europe, gaining a greater “depth of understanding in both historical and contemporary German brewing history” that she will share with the hundreds of people she educates each year. Astrid is a fan of the great German beer styles, saying they “should be explored and celebrated for their nuanced brews that do not necessarily have the bandwidth of super hoppy IPAs.”

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Jen Jordan is among the portion of the Society’s membership that holds a hands-on position brewing beer; she is responsible for wort production in Anchor Brewing Company’s 120BBL traditional copper brewhouse. She’s also active with the San Francisco Homebrewers Guild, brewing her own beer for over 10 years where she focuses on traditional German brewing styles and techniques. Regarding the tour she’s particularly, “thrilled by the prospect of visiting a Hallertau family farm. The concept of visiting a woman who directs brewing in an abbey blows my mind.”

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Monica Mondragon came into the craft beer fold in 2011 when she took over a local beer appreciation group and became involved with Feel Good Festivals who put on Albuquerque’s first craft beer festival. That directly led to her current position as a laboratory/QC manager and assistant barrel manager at Santa Fe Brewing Co. where she oversees all production procedures to ensure quality. She’s looking forward to learning “about new/old techniques in lagering to improve our processes…and increase my knowledge on the history of beer and modern techniques used in the Bavarian region” on the tour. As a chapter leader for New Mexico’s Pink Boots Society she plans to encourage other member to apply for scholarships by demonstrating the accessibility of the scholarship application and process through her experience.

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Starting her craft beer journey by homebrewing while in graduate school pursuing her M.A. in contemplative religious studies, Amy Newell-Large has “deep respect, appreciation and interest in the work that Sister Doris does,” who she’ll get to meet during the tour. As a brewer at Moab Brewery Amy says that “her work was an inspiration to me. I may have been in some ways on my own, but in the brewing tradition living through women like Sister Doris, I felt a connection and community.” Currently a hospitality manager at Avery Brewing Company she works to develop their guests’ experience, engaging them in a shared beer experience, regardless of gender or social status or religious norms.

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Caroline Wallace is an events manager for the Texas Craft Brewers Guild, beer writer/photographer and co-leader of the Central Texas chapter of the Pink Boots Society who says she is “blessed with a variety of wide-reaching platforms to share my beer knowledge and experiences with industry members and amateur beer aficionados alike.” With a deep reverence for the traditional brewing methods that will be explored on this tour she is looking forward to learning more “about these traditions, these tastes and these breweries’ modern day evolutions” in order to “help to guide, inform and relate to the existing breweries and numerous breweries-in-planning I encounter throughout my daily work.”

In addition to attending the tour, each scholarship recipient will receive a pair of pink steel-toe rubber boots upon fulfilling the Pay It Forward requirement associated with the scholarship.

The nine-day, eight-night Beer, Bratwurst & Beyond tour takes place during the 500th year since the Reinheitsgebot (Bavarian Beer Purity Law of 1516) was enacted and will visit multiple sites including, brewpubs, family-owned breweries, historic abbeys, hops fields, larger breweries and even a traditional Kirchweih folk festival. Participants on the tour will have the opportunity to engage with a variety of professionals and perspectives over a stein of beer or two at their establishments. Among them: the Director of the Association of Independent Breweries, representatives from the Weihenstephan school, hop growers, pioneering women brewers such as Sister Doris, brewmasters at the abbey breweries and new-school craft brewers.

The Pink Boots Society would like to thank the additional sponsors that helped to make this tour possible – Barth Haas Germany, Craft Beer Importers Canada, Lagunitas Brewing Company and Sierra Nevada.