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May
4
Lydia Moranski
February’s Crafting A Strategy Scholarship Recipients Announced
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The Pink Boots Society is excited to announce Andrea Sheehey and Maria Del Puig Vencente as the latest National recipients of the Crafting a Strategy Scholarship. In addition, the Philadelphia chapter also offered this scholarship to a member and awarded it to Alyssa Shoemaker.     

Andrea Sheehey of Mighty Squirrel Brewing Company was recommended for the Crafting a Strategy Scholarship due to her ability to absorb information and make it useful to herself and others. As a certified beer server and beertender around Massachusetts, Andrea has developed a skill of being able to read people and share her beer knowledge. She was a fitting choice for this scholarship as someone who enjoys learning and sharing information. Andrea looks forward to using her access into Crafting a Strategy to be able to take her career to a new level. In addition to the education she will have access to, the forums included will allow her to build an array of connections.

 

Maria Del Puig Vencente is the owner of Cerveses Lluna in Alcoli, Spain. Maria fell for craft beerduring her chemical engineering studies. While she was interning she cycled through the departments in an industrialized brewery. Crafting a strategy would help Maria be able to access information which would not only help in her pursuit to open a tap room portion of her brewery. But, has the potential to help with the non-profit legalization work she is doing in Spain. Maria is an active member in the craft brewers association. She also sits on the Pink Boots Spain Chapter’s board as the  financial secretary and manager.

Alyssa Shoemaker studied at the American Brewers Guild and is already a woman in a leadership position as Pharmacy Manager. Her goal is to open her own brewery in York, PA. Crafting a Strategy will help Alyssa reach her goals because it is easily accessible and has a wealth of information. As a novice in the industry, and in a geographic location that is not particularly conducive to frequent industry networking events, and other shared resources accessing and utilizing the content from Crafting a Strategy will be a vital stepping stone for Alyssa as she works towards opening her own microbrewery.

This opportunity will propel Alyssa to be a more successful business owner and better brewer, so down the line when she is running a successful business with an amazing product, encouraging her team to exceed their goals, she will also advocate for her community and also inspire and assist other women in the industry. 

Crafting a Strategy is a global online learning platform. There are over 150 digital content pieces including podcasts, webinars and case studies geared toward the business needs of brewing entrepreneurs. These scholarship recipients will have access to the content for a year of learning. As with all Pink Boots Sociarships, these ladies will do a pay it forward, sharing the information from the course.

 

 

 

Apr
23
Lydia Moranski
Road to Cicerone® Scholarship Recipient Announced
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The Pink Boots Society is excited to announce Rebecca Carpenter of Turtle Swamp Brewing as the latest recipient of the Road to Cicerone® Course Scholarship.  Rebecca was selected by the Pink Boots scholarship committee, composed of women in different parts of the industry. Rebecca has already passed the Cicerone level 1: certified Beer Server, This showed the committee her drive and ability to self motivate, which are important traits when working with online courses. 

Rebecca has been with Turtle swamp for about a year and a half, in this time she was promoted from beertender to tap room manager. With the promotion Rebecca went from being the person given the descriptions; to being the person who helps write them with the brewers. She had the self awareness to be able to reflect on herself that this was an area of her position she strives to be better at, and this course will do just that. 

In Rebecca’s position she helps portray the vision of the brewers to the beer lovers who enter the taproom. This means she often works with the brewers on tastings, collecting knowledge about their releases for the taproom staff and patrons alike.  This year she even worked with them on a pink boots collaboration day brew! 

The Road to Cicerone® course  is a collection of beer styles and processes, which will help the reader prepare for the Certified Cicerone® exam. The course is a mixture of books and quizzes. The course books will teach and lend insight into reasons and processes. For example, the brewing process of the course book will help Rebecca to better understand the brewing process and how the brewers came to their decisions. The keeping and serving beer course will help with the front of house, ensuring nothing is being improperly handled between the brewery and the taproom.

Mar
23
Lydia Moranski
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.

 

Feb
23
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.

 

Feb
19
Lydia Moranski
Crafting A Strategy Scholarship Recipients Announced
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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.

Jan
22
Lydia Moranski
UNC Charlotte Craft Beer Business Essentials Scholarship Recipient Announced
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The Pink Boots Society of North Carolina is proud to announce that Amber Rosado of Bond Brothers Brewing in Cary, North Carolina is the recipient of the UNC Charlotte Craft Beer Business Essentials scholarship.

Amber is currently pursuing her Bachelors’ degree in Business Management from Appalachian State University, and is excited to learn how to apply her business education to the beer industry.  She began working with Bond Brothers two years ago as an event staff member. She quickly moved into bartending, and ultimately Assistant Event Coordinator, and her presence is having a positive effect. Her boss, Laura Eischen says, “She has excelled in her job duties and has positively impacted multiple areas of the brewery I had not anticipated. She came on board having already completed her Cicerone Beer Server Certification. Amber takes her beer knowledge very seriously and I am impressed with her desire to advance her knowledge within the industry as well as maintain awareness of current trends.”

Amber earned her Cicerone Beer Server Certification when she was only nineteen years old, “I was intrigued by the science and talent it takes to create all these different styles. I passed the test by just the books due to not being of legal age to properly taste and understand every style.”

The Craft Beer Business Essentials Certificate is designed as an accelerated curriculum to provide homebrewers, entrepreneurs, and business professionals with the foundational business knowledge, tools, resources, skills, and networking opportunities to be successful from the initial stages of creating their business plan all the way through to making a profit and increasing distribution.

Jan
17
SciSoc
PolarFleece and Pink Boots Society Announce Siebel Concise Course in Brewing Technology Scholarship Recipients
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PolarFleece and the Pink Boots Society are proud to announce the recipients of the PolarFleece & Pink Boots Society Siebel World Brewing Academy Concise Course in Brewing Technology scholarship! Each recipient was selected by a committee made up of experienced, women beer industry professionals who hold positions in the industry as brewers, educators and writers. Congratulations to Anna Jobe and Makenzie Mackin!

 

Anna Jobe, Innovation Brewer at Night Shift Brewing in MA, runs a 10bbl brewhouse and manages 120bbls of fermentation space all on her own. She started out as a volunteer with experience as a homebrewer, doing simple tasks but it was when she was first helped with a mash out that she said, “I was hooked!” After six months of volunteering, the brewery was able to hire her, the first woman on the payroll! Having been exposed to all aspects of brewing on the job and with Night Shift through multiple expansions, Anna has now set her sights on her own QA/QC. The knowledge this course will provide in this, and other nuanced aspects of brewing is one of the reasons she was chosen by the selection committee. They also noted that she, “shows a desire to lead and inspire other women”, demonstrated by her organization of brew days for International Women’s Day and involvement with the Boston Chapter. “I believe that rising tides raise all ships, and when one woman has the chance to learn or grow, she has a duty to share that with her peers so that they all may benefit,” says Anna.

 

Three years ago Makenzie Mackin got her first introduction to the brewing industry taking a lab intern/bartender role. From the start she felt that “this was a place where each day I could learn something new, but also be involved in a craft and industry that made people beam with excitement!” Since then she has taken on other roles that have contributed to her knowledge and respect for the craft, and she is currently working in the packaging department at Mass Bay Brewing, or as many know it, Harpoon Brewery. Her future plans include securing a position in the cellar within two years, becoming a brewer within the next five years and she hopes she’ll be working in the lab shortly after. “I want to educate, I want to learn every position, continue to read, go to school and ask questions. I want to teach others. My dream would be to create local brew programs including both introductory classes and internships with local breweries at a community college.” The selection committee chose Makenzie for the amount of effort and thorough detail she put into her application and the clear timeline she laid out for her career goals in moving to the cellar and eventually brewing. “She stands to gain significant professional advancement from this opportunity.”

To learn more about the products and services that PolarFleece can provide, please visit www.polarfleece.com for more information. Find out more about upcoming Pink Boots Society scholarships when you visit our Scholarships Page.

Jan
15
Kris McDowell
Pink Boots Society Announces Siebel Concise Course in Brewing Technology Scholarship Recipient
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The Pink Boots Society is proud to announce the recipients of the Siebel World Brewing Academy Concise Course in Brewing Technology scholarship! Each recipient was selected by a committee made up of experienced, women beer industry professionals who hold positions in the brewing industry as brewers, educators and writers. Congratulations to Betsy Lay, Adrianna Hodapp and Nicole McCollem!

Betsy Lay, our Denver Chapter recipient, co-founded Lady Justice Brewing Company in Colorado five years ago and is currently getting ready to make big strides. Personally, she will be leaving her full-time job (the one that pays the bills) to run the brewery, Lady Justice, exclusively. She will also be shepherding the brewery into a significantly larger space with greater foot traffic. “Things are getting serious and it’s time that we step up and make sure we’re in this for a long, long time.”

Betsy started out as a homebrewer – educating herself with every book she could get her hands on and learning from professional brewers. She understands the advantages formal brewing education can provide, and she realizes there are valuable courses and programs that could greatly enhance her skills. In addition to the knowledge she’ll receive from this course, she also wishes to pass the Certified Cicerone Level 2 exam, and eventually continue all the way to Master Cicerone. “I want to be an expert in my field. It’s a long road, for sure, but I know that education will provide the strongest path to get there. I especially love when women can learn with and from each other and I will be excited to share this expertise with my Pink Boots comrades.”

 

Adrianna Hodapp, our National recipient, became a brewer with Three Weavers Brewing Company in California last January. This is a role she took after six years in the beer industry so she could continue her career growth. Having started out at a small brewpub as a server and bartender, she says, “I expressed my interest in the brewing process and eagerly started shadowing brew days in my spare time. I ended up getting a job at another brewery as a part time cellar person, where I tirelessly washed kegs and scrubbed floors.” Her hard work and initiative paid off when a few months later she moved into the brewery full time. There she learned basic cellaring duties and spent more time on the brew deck, eventually becoming head brewer.

Working for a small brewhouse, she loved the freedom to create new beers, but she wanted more and the position at Three Weavers offered her the ability to grow at a much quicker pace. With the help of this scholarship, Adrianna is looking forward to gaining more knowledge with professional training that is recognized throughout the industry. Her involvement with the Pink Boots Society has increased her confidence in her abilities. “Ever since I started my career as a brewer, I have felt like there is more pressure on me as a woman to be more knowledgeable than my male counterparts.” The scholarship committee took note from Adrianna’s application that “this scholarship would solidify and expand her knowledge and certainly make her more competitive to her male counterparts.”

 

Nicole McCollem came to the brewing world with a Bachelor of Science in Bakery and Pastry Arts and ten years of baking experience. Now a brewer at Night Shift Brewing in Massachusetts, “My greatest passions include chemistry and engineering, two things the brewing industry holds in spades.”

She has been learning all that she can, both from hands-on experience in the brewery and by taking a brewing chemistry course at a local college last year. That course spawned new recipe ideas as she gained an understanding of how to manipulate ingredients in ways that she didn’t know existed. Applying her experience as a baker and the knowledge of brewing she has acquired “fueled my desire to create interesting recipes by utilizing best practices for yeast propagation and ingredient use.”

The scholarship selection committee was impressed by Nicole’s dedication to the industry, as well as her ability to clearly identify her hopes to professionally improve. They felt the opportunity to take the Siebel course would assist her goals in advancing her knowledge of recipe development. Nicole is looking forward to gaining more knowledge for herself and being able to share it with members in her Pink Boots Society Chapter.


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.

To learn more about upcoming scholarship opportunities, visit the Pink Boots scholarship page at: https://www.pinkbootssociety.org/upcoming-scholarships/. 

Dec
22
Lydia Moranski
Road to Cicerone® Scholarship Recipient Announced
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The Pink Boots Society is proud to announce that the recipient of the 2019 Road to Cicerone® Courses Educational Series scholarship is Ashley Johnson of Local Beer Works in Reno, NV. 

Ashley was chosen for this scholarship because she showed her drive by acquiring the Cicerone® level one, Certified Beer Server. Ashley plans to use the knowledge from completing level two certified Ciceron exam to educate herself, her staff, her Pink Boots Chapter, women in her beer Facebook group, as well as use her blog to get the information out to the masses. As the founder of Local Beer Works being a certified Cicerone® will add to her credibility regarding beer in the community and will help with many aspects of running local beer works, from staff training to social media.

Ashley moved into the beer industry in 2017 and has worked her way through the many jobs within a brewery from cleaning tanks to bartending. This pushed her to go out on her own and open Local Beer Works. Ashley loves beer, “due to the large range and variety of styles, there is something for everyone to enjoy. From lambics and sours to triple IPAs and barrel-aged stouts the tastes and flavors of beer are endless. Brewmasters around the world are artists that work tirelessly to master classic styles while also pushing the boundaries and developing new ones.” 

The Road to Cicerone® Courses Educational Series is an annual scholarship offering from the Pink Boots Society and includes a suite of study books and exams. The course books 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 course book 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 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, Ashley will each receive a pair of pink steel-toe rubber boots when she fulfills the Pay It Forward requirement associated with the scholarship.

Dec
9
Kris McDowell
Yuengling Women in Brewing Scholarship Recipients Announced
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The Pink Boots Society is excited to announce and introduce the two ladies chosen by a selection committee of experienced women beer professionals to receive a D.G. Yuengling & Son, Inc. scholarship. Each scholarship will cover up to $12,500 at one of seven programs: University of the Sciences Brewing Science Certificate, Cincinnati State A.A.S. in Brewing Science (with optional Sales & Marketing certificate), Pennsylvania College of Technology Brewing & Fermentation Science A.A.S. (with optional Sales & Marketing track), University of South Florida Brewing Arts Program, HACC Brewing Science Certificate, Siebel Institute Concise Course in Brewing Technology and eCornell University Women in Leadership Certificate. In the educational opportunity of their choosing, the recipients will further their brewing education, technical knowledge and leadership skills. 

Avery Hookey is Assistant Brewer at Iron Hill Brewery in Pennsylvania, a multi-faceted role that has her doing everything in the brewery from training other brewers and being in front of customers at beer dinners to tappings and events. Starting out as a bartender four and a half years ago she has worked her way up, learning what she knows from time spent hands-on on the brew deck. Now she’s ready to deepen her knowledge gaining a formal education in brewing science.

Choosing the University of Sciences Brewing Science Certificate due to the technical lab experience, classroom and full curriculum, Avery says “I prefer the classroom to online course because I think it’s a more holistic experience to have conversations, form friendships and professional connections, participate in events at the university and in the community, and learn in a hands-on manner.” She is particularly interested in strengthening her knowledge of the scientific aspect of brewing, learning how lab work can assist her ability to produce a consistent, quality product. 

In the future Avery hopes to become Head Brewer and one day open her own brewery in the Philadelphia area. The friendly and collaborative spirit of the brewing community is something she feels fortunate to be a part of, to have benefited from and have the opportunity to give back to. That giving back will start after she completes the Certificate, presenting to her Pink Boots chapter and possibly starting a discussion or reading groups.

Irena Wise is the Head Brewer at Wyndridge Farm Brewing in Pennsylvania and has been a part of the brewing industry for eight years. She learned the fundamentals of brewing at Lompoc Brewing in Oregon, worked her way up from production brewer to on-shift manager at Victory Brewing Company in Pennsylvania and earned a Brewmaster Certificate from VLB in Berlin, Germany. She says, “I have already established myself as a brewing professional, but I’m not finished improving myself. This course is exactly the type of leadership education I need. I already have the technical knowledge to brew beer; I need the skills to compete and succeed at a management level.”

In her role at Wyndridge, a small farm brewery that also does contract brewing, Irena is responsible for more than just brewing. She fields requests for contract brewing, schedules the workflow to keep every tank full, attends meetings with distributors and interacts with vendors, contractors and technicians. “In order to be effective, I must be taken seriously as both a woman and a small-scale client. Sometimes, due to the fact that I work in a rural area or deal with male technicians, I find I have to fight to schedule appointments or keep someone’s attention on the phone. I also have a client facing role, and I need to be able to explain production results, loss of product, and occasional failures to meet product specifications.” Irena chose the eCornell University Women in Leadership Course, saying “it would give me techniques to employ in making myself heard. Furthermore, this course would give me the organization skills to take on more off-the-floor tasks such as resource management and cost analysis.” 

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.