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Aug
19
Kris McDowell
Cicerone BeerSavvy® Scholarship Recipient Announced
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The Pink Boots Society is proud to announce that Ann Sandbrook of Virginia Tech Enology Analytical Services Laboratory 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 selected Ann to receive this scholarship because “she is in a unique position to take information learned in the course, apply it outside of a brewery, but still impact a great number of brewers. Her current role, passion, and compelling recommendation all contributed to her being selected.”

Ann started her career in the brewing industry in 2011 and currently works as an Analysis Lab Specialist at Virginia Tech Enology Analytical Services Laboratory, which was originally started to serve the needs of a growing wine industry in Virginia. Hops analysis was added at the request of the Hops Growers and Virginia Commonwealth Extension and they provide both pre-harvest and harvest sampling analysis. In her role Ann performs analytical tests on wine, beer and spirits to help identify problems and quality issues in products, and help to educate companies regarding processes, and issues that may arise.

Currently focusing on analytical and quality determinations of beer, Ann’s long term goal, which ties in with her pursuit of a Master’s Degree focused on sensory differences during fermentation, is to develop a sensory program at the Laboratory. “Completing this course will help me in my mission of outreach within the brewing industry and further my ability to connect with this industry and with local brewers. By learning more of the full brewing processing, packaging and serving mechanisms covered in the Cicerone program, I will be able to participate more with our area’s industry,” she says. Ann also looks forward to being able host more workshops and to offer more education opportunities in order to better the quality of the brewing industry.

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, Ann will receive a pair of pink steel-toe rubber boots when she fulfills the Pay It Forward requirement associated with the scholarship.

Jul
5
Kris McDowell
Barth-Haas Hops Academy Scholarship Recipient Announced
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The Pink Boots Society is proud to announce that Mallorie King of Temescal Brewing is the recipient of the 2018 Barth-Haas Hops Academy scholarship.

Chosen by the PBS Scholarship Selection Committee (SSC), five very experienced women beer professionals who hold positions as brewers, educators and writers, they felt Mallorie  “had the best preliminary experience with hops as well as the educational background to understand the technical components of the course.” In addition, it would be an invaluable experience to help her achieve her long term goals.

Mallorie comes from a food system background and worked with the Food Craft Institute to plan and facilitate educational programs which included their five-week Business of Beer course. She also spent nine months in Slovenia designing research projects to assess the international craft brewing and hop-growing communities through the lens of Slovene markets.

Since returning to the United States she has taken a cellar/brewery operations position with Temescal Brewing where her time is split between managing the cold side of the brewery and overseeing the tasks that take the beer from mash tun to distribution. Mallorie is facing new hop-related challenges and says, “As a first-time cellar person who is also responsible for brewery operations, it’s integral that I understand hops on a process level. My agricultural knowledge of hops is helpful, but it’s necessary that I understand what happens once they hit the kettle.” She is looking forward to the material in this course providing the missing link to round out her hop knowledge and further fueling her long term goal of starting a consulting business to assist smaller breweries in developing a hop sourcing strategy that balances contracts and spot hop purchases.

Barth-Haas Hops Academy is a two-day onsite course in Yakima, WA during hops 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, Mallorie will receive a pair of pink steel-toe rubber boots when she fulfills the Pay It Forward requirement associated with the scholarship.

Jun
19
Kris McDowell
YCH HOPS Hop and Brew School ® Scholarship Recipients Announced
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The Pink Boots Society is excited to announce and introduce the three ladies that have been selected by the PBS Scholarship Selection Committee (SSC) to receive a scholarship to the 2018 YCH HOPS Hop and Brew School ®. Hailing from Florida, Texas and Kansas, these three women are in various stages of their brewing careers.

Morgan Banning represents the early career brewer of the group, a homebrewer who is in the process of working through the University of South Florida, St. Petersburg Brewing Arts program. After a few years of homebrewing she made the decision to set aside her Master’s degree in early childhood education saying, “I moved away from education with the dream of professional brewing for two reasons, I love brewing and I love that the nature of brewing is constantly evolving.”

Making her way through the Brewing Arts program has included completing an internship with Green Bench Brewery where they wasted no time immersing her in the daily work. Morgan says, “I was given a tour of the facility and immediately set to work. Each day at the brewery brought new challenges and with it new discoveries.” She has also completed the hops-focused component of the program but feels this is an area where she has a weaker understanding and is looking forward to instruction from global award winning brewers this course will provide.

Also hailing from the education world is Libby Brennan, who the PBS SSC noted, “demonstrates an evolving role in the beer industry and would use this course to build upon her own knowledge and spread it to others.”

Two years ago Libby took her first job in the industry, working at St. Elmo Brewing Company as a manager and event planner and has since gone on to brew two beers there. She is looking forward to the knowledge she will gain personally from being physically immersed in “a mecca of hop production” to help her complete her Cicerone certification and also sharing that knowledge. “As a manager with a staff who has a literal thirst for beer knowledge, I would be able to integrate the lessons of the course into our monthly trainings,” she says.

Briana Burrows, assistant brewer at The Big Rip Brewing Company, represents the most experienced brewing professional of these women. She started there as a once-a-week bartender in November of 2016 in what she says, “was the first step in changing my life forever, and for the better.”

A year later the assistant brewer quit unexpectedly and Briana took the initiative to further her career, expressing interest in helping out on the brew house floor. The owners decided to start training her and after being a part-time trainee for a month she officially became the assistant brewer. Knowing there is much to learn as she continues her career, she is looking forward to the hops and brewing knowledge this course will provide which she says, “will, in turn, help me present new ideas to the brewery. Learning more about beer and brewing on a regular basis is very important to me as a brewer and I believe taking this course will show the owners of the brewery that I’m serious about brewing, recipe formation, and also willing to help push our brewery into the future.”

YCH HOPS Hop and 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 YCH headquarters, where they will observe the receiving and warehousing of the hops.

Gasseling Ranches, a fourth generation hip farm in Wapato, WA is sponsoring one of the scholarship and has been operating for over 100 years. They produce many varieties for YCH including Mosaic, Simcoe, and Citra, and are fully committed to being a sustainably operated farm with the Green ChiefⓇ certification.

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

Jun
5
Anne Sprecher
The Serendipitous Cycle
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By Sue Rigler

The Adventure Begins

On September 28, 2014 as I walked out of the restroom at Great Northern Brewery in Whitefish, MT, I noticed a lab across the hallway…beakers, microscope, stir plates, pH meter. My nerdy science-microbiologist inner self resurfaced at this “ah ha” moment, and along with my entrepreneur spirit and love for craft beer, led me to a mid-life career change. I applied to the University of California San Diego Brewing Certification program and was accepted in Spring 2015. I joined Pink Boots Society in 2016, bought myself a 1.5bbl system as a birthday/graduation present August 2017, graduated December 2017 and started my dream job with Krones, Inc. January 2018.

Sue & Alyssa Dunn UCSD classmates & PBS members

I knew zero people in the industry when I started classes and even less about brewing beer. What happened from that moment has been a mere avalanche of serendipitous connections. More than one person has told me I should write a book, or name a brewery, Serendipity. I love to engage in conversations with just about anyone and more times than not, I walk away with a take home message or saying, “OMG, did that really just happen?”

Sue with BJ Anderson & Coworker

Serendipity can also be seen when I reached out to my UCSD instructors for help with my search for a technical sales position. Yuseff Cherney of Cutwater Spirits, suggested I go to Drinktec in Munich for prime networking opportunities. With less than three week’s notice, and Yuseff’s generous help to find accommodations with his German friends, I boarded a plane to Munich. As a result, that is how I got my job with Krones…dropping my personal business card off in the massiveness of Hall B6. It eventually made its way to BJ Anderson, my current boss. Yes, I went all the way to Germany to find my dream job.

Who Knew? Teri Fahrendorf Rides Subways…In Munich!

Serendipity continues on the crowded subway in Munich, after a day at Drinktec. Hundreds of people packed in like sardines. I looked up and said to a woman near me, “Is your name Teri?” That Teri turned out to be our Pink Boots Society founder, Teri Fahrendorf! She looked just like her Facebook profile photo. We talked and walked to Taco Libre where the Munich Chapter was hosting their first meeting. I was graciously greeted by 12 other positive women who live in Germany. We have craft beer as a commonality. It was an amazing and welcoming experience after feeling quite alone in a foreign country. That is the when I truly felt the power of Pink Boots Society and led me to my volunteer position as the Collaboration Brew Day Coordinator. I was happy to assist Emily Engdahl, our Executive Director. Who would not want to work with someone funny, sassy and brilliant? I just wish we lived closer!

Sue Interning at McFate Brewing

From a Subway Ride to Collaboration Brew Day Coordinator

What started with helping Emily pin over 260 participating breweries in 10 countries in Google maps, has now developed into leading an entire team for 2019 Collaboration Brew Day. I can’t believe Emily did this all herself in years past! As I began to collect photos of the brew day, I looked at the consistency of the smiles, teamwork and passion for brewing in every photo. It literally gave me goosebumps and moved me to put together a slide show sharing the global effort of strength, unity and empowerment illustrated by the women of Pink Boots Society. Having gone through the process this year, I’ve documented what worked, some great ideas shared and what could be improved upon. I will make sure it’s available for participating breweries well before Brew Day 2019. I am very honored Emily and the entire Board of PBS put their confidence in me to lead this fun project for next year!

Sue w/ Andrew Fowler, LA Ale Works

A Little Insight Into My Dream Job & the Serendipitous Cycle

Krones has very few females in the field globally. I feel nothing but support and optimism from my Krones family. They are upbeat professionals who encourage me and my participation in Pink Boots Society. My job description is very unique within Krones in the fact that I’m the first hire in the world with the title ‘Sales & Market Segment Analyst’. This newly created job was based on my technical background, brewing knowledge and their need for a business development-type role. My ultimate responsibilities are a hybrid between sales and marketing. To keep my efforts focused, the Krones management team narrowed my day to day activities to breweries in Southern California and Arizona. I collect brewery operations and production data to see if there are noticeable trends and document our strengths and weaknesses in each region.

Krones Canning Machine

Yes, I get paid to engage in conversations about beer, and sometimes sample the product. I know, right?…as I smile. I was hired to keep the Krones big picture in mind with respect to their product lines and various beverage related market segments. In doing so, then recognize synergistic opportunities that arise out of being present in a conversation. Krones has an extremely large product line, but narrowing it down to the brewing industry, they manufacture brewhouses and tanks from 5bbl on up, canning and bottling lines, automation software and systems integration. I am so fortunate to have landed a job with such a reputable company, work with wildly intelligent people and have a boss who believes in my abilities and wants to see me succeed. I absolutely love what I do.I challenge myself to make change where change is needed, I don’t pass up once-in-a lifetime opportunities and I push myself out of my comfort zone. In doing so, it naturally leads me toward prodigious people who, in turn, challenge me to be a better, stronger person. It’s what I call a serendipitous cycle.

About the Author

Escape from Alcatraz 2018

Sue was destined for the beer industry. At the age of 10, she collected beer cans and wore a Budweiser t-shirt. Originally from Iowa, Sue lives in Manhattan Beach, CA where she raised 4 kids, one still living at home with her. She attended Arizona State University, received a degree in Microbiology and now sits on the LA/ASU Leadership Council. To officially immerse herself in the brewing industry, Sue commuted from LA to San Diego to attend UC San Diego’s Brewing program. Eager to learn how to brew, Sue set up her 1.5 bbl brewhouse in a garage in Tempe, AZ equipped with a walk-in cooler and a mini lab to come full circle with her micro background. When she is not out talking to breweries and crunching data for Krones, pinning Google Maps for Pink Boots, or seeking out a fresh IPA, she can be found in the pool or ocean, on a spin bike or out running along the strand. Sue is a veteran spin instructor of 19 years, and has completed multiple races, including Ironman Arizona and just this month, her second Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon.

May
22
Kris McDowell
Business of Craft Beer Education Camp Scholarship Recipient Announced
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The Pink Boots Society is proud to announce that Alejandra Abeijon of Cataluña, Spain is the recipient of the 2018 Brewery Start-Up Camp – Craft Beer Education 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 Alejandra to receive this scholarship because she “is stoked on the idea of disseminating the information she learns throughout her beer community in Spain and is infectiously excited about the potential of growth for the beer scene there.”

Alejandra holds a degree in chemistry, is interning as an assistant brewer at Cerveses La Pirata and pursuing her Master’s Degree in Fermented Beverages with a specialization in brewing science and technology. She believes excellent brewers are those that learn every day and says, “I know this course will be one more step in this continuous professional learning, it will help me to expand my knowledge, it will provide me with new competences and consequently it will improve my brewing skills by giving me a broader view of the whole craft beer industry, from manufacturing to distribution and sale.” Acknowledging that the craft beer sector in Spain is relatively young, she feels this will be a unique opportunity to learn from experts in the more mature American craft beer industry.

The nine-day on-site intensive Brewery Start-Up Camp – Craft Beer Education Camp is designed for brewery owners, brewery managers, bar/pub managers, sales representatives and those studying for Ciceroneⓒ or BJCP exams. The program will look at everything needed to launch a brewery with over 55 hours of intensive instruction covering finance, marketing, draught systems, tasting room management and distribution. Courses taught by craft beer industry experts will take place at San Diego State University and local breweries. 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, Alejandra will receive a pair of pink steel-toe rubber boots when she fulfills the Pay It Forward requirement associated with the scholarship.

Mar
7
Kris McDowell
Oregon State University Beer Quality & Analysis Scholarship Recipient Announced
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The Pink Boots Society is proud to announce that Jocelyn Havel of 21st Amendment Brewery 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 Jocelyn to receive this scholarship as they feel “she has the technical background to fully understand the coursework and having recently been promoted to Quality Supervisor, has the most relevant job to put the tools learned in the class to work.”

Jocelyn holds a Bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics, a Master’s degree in Chemistry and started out her career as a researcher and teaching assistant at the University of California, Davis where she gained extensive lab experience. When she made the decision to transition to the brewing industry she self-studied and paid for the Institute of Brewing and Distilling’s Diploma in Brewing exams out of pocket. She says the process, “pushed me to gain the technical knowledge of the brewing process, however it didn’t go in depth about beer quality.”

As the Quality Supervisor at 21st Amendment Brewery, Jocelyn is responsible for daily activities of the QA department including fermentation and yeast management, sensory analysis, microbiological QA/QC and chemical analytics. This is a role that she was promoted to in the fall of 2017 after starting as a production brewer and then moving over to the Quality team as an analyst. She hired her first female technician in January, a move that coincides with the brewery’s massive expansion that will add state of the art equipment and hugely increase their capacity within the next two years. As the company grows Jocelyn says, “I would like to continue to grow the Quality Department. The Oregon State Beer Quality and Analysis series is the perfect opportunity to give me a solid foundation on which to grow our department.”

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, Jocelyn will receive a pair of pink steel-toe rubber boots when she fulfills the Pay It Forward requirement associated with the scholarship.

Feb
2
Kris McDowell
Cicerone BeerSavvy® Scholarship Recipient Announced
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The Pink Boots Society is proud to announce that Brooke Franus of Stewards of Beer 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 selected Brooke to receive this scholarship because “she understands more than most the need for education and teaching, the sharing of knowledge. She has a solid vision for what this course can help her create and give back, including being a positive role model for others in her company and brewing community.”

Brooke started with Stewards of Beer, one of Pittsburgh’s leading craft beer promotions/marketing companies, part-time in 2013 while she was primarily employed as an adjunct teacher to adult and K-12 students and leader of workshops and training presentations in the education field. At the end of 2017 she accepted a full-time role in the beer industry as their “Chief Edutainment Officer,” a position that will focus on continued growth of their client base and educational offerings.

Since 2013 Brooke has been instructing potential customers about beer styles, flavors and breweries to help them make an informed purchase that they would be happy with. When the company recently began offering non-credit beer education courses through the local community college she became an unofficial teaching assistant, drawing upon her years of experience in the education field. “Being a teacher is woven into the fiber of my being and I consider that educational spirit to be a core principle of who I am. So it only makes sense that I’m always looking for ways to incorporate teaching and learning into what I do,” she says. Brooke is looking forward to the knowledge she will gain from this course, her first foray into professional education in the beer industry, and starting down a path of what she hopes will lead to teaching classes on her own and creating an environment that encourages more women to attend.

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, Brooke will receive a pair of pink steel-toe rubber boots when she fulfills the Pay It Forward requirement associated with the scholarship.

Jan
26
Kris McDowell
OSU Origins of Beer Flavor and Styles Scholarship Recipient Announced
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The Pink Boots Society is proud to announce that Ashley Nulph, tasting room server at The Rare Barrel, is the recipient of the Oregon State University Origins of Beer Flavors and Styles 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 Ashley to receive this scholarship as she,has not had the opportunity before to attend a course that would go into the details of beer flavors and styles.” They admire her passion and determination to balance it all – being “a strong mommy following her passion” and carving out precious time to gain knowledge in various aspects of beer and brewing.

A little over a year ago Ashley made a career change, from utilizing her master’s degree in education teaching high school Mandarin and Spanish, to becoming a beertender. She quickly joined the Pink Boots Society and last spring was able to participate in three different Big Boots Brews. She says “Beer inspired me to be a student again – to learn about biology, chemistry and engineering processes – but learning by myself has many limitations.” She is looking forward to both the education she will gain in brewing and tasting and “the opportunity to widen my community with beer professionals I can go to with questions and concerns or for support. As an added bonus, I’d meet more women in the industry who have different backgrounds and share these new experiences with them.”

The Oregon State University Professional and Continuing Education Origins of Beer Flavors and Styles course is a two-day onsite course that will examine the origins of beer flavor from raw materials and brewing techniques, how beer flavor and aroma are developed within brewing, raw ingredients and then ultimately transformed by yeast during fermentation through multiple beer tastings and discussions. Attendees will also learn the sensory methodology and aroma standards used by professionals in the brewing industry to analyze beer quality and to identify beer flavor defects and their causes during the brewing process.

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

Jan
10
Kris McDowell
Siebel Concise Course in Brewing Technology Scholarship Recipient Announced
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The Pink Boots Society is proud to announce that Jennifer (Jenna) Munoz of the Brew Lab in Kansas City 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 Jenna to receive this scholarship because “She’s put in a great deal of effort to completely reinvent herself and immerse herself in this new life path. Her genuine drive is to empower and support women in our industry. We need more people like her!”

“When I was young, I wanted to be a lawyer,” says Jenna. “I got married, went to law school, graduated, took the bar exam and moved to Missouri to start my own firm. I enjoyed the puzzle; from talking to clients to determine their issues to going before the judge with the right pieces of evidence and the right argument. I appreciated the intricacies, but I soon found that the community that came with my career was less than desirable and did me more damage than good.” When she decided to leave the field of law she sought out the craft beer industry.

What began as an appreciation of craft beer by drinking it during law school, led to the purchase of a homebrew kit, then volunteering at a brewery. More than just a hobby, Jenna says, “This became my chosen community,” a community that fit her better than the legal community. Still, finding a job in that community was difficult and she experienced opposition, being a female looking to leave a “high salary” profession but she did just that. Mid-2017 she took the role of general manager for a 3bbl brewpub with a professional brewer who was willing to cultivate her desire for knowledge. She is looking forward to acquiring the knowledge this course will provide, a step along the way to taking the Cicerone exam, and will contribute to one day commercially brewing her own recipes.

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, Jenna will receive a pair of pink steel-toe rubber boots when she fulfills the Pay It Forward requirement associated with the scholarship.

Dec
5
Kris McDowell
OSU Origins of Beer Flavor and Styles Scholarship Recipient Announced
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The Pink Boots Society is proud to announce that Erika Raye, Analytical Lab Technician at White Labs, is the recipient of the Oregon State University Origins of Beer Flavors and Styles 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 Erika to receive this scholarship as she, “has a passion for learning and demonstrates great involvement with PBS in terms of organizing events and volunteering. She is well spoken, excited with a clear vision of where she wants to go and how this course will assist her.”

Erika moved to San Diego after graduating with a chemistry degree, intending to use it to become an analytical chemist for a winery. Upon discovering the brewing scene she realized that was where she needed to be and she began working at a brand new nano brewery where she says, “the brewer taught me all that he knew about beer and brewing, whether it was giving me books to read or taking me to as many tasting rooms as he could, we were always working on my “beer education.” A year later she was enrolled in UC San Diego’s Extension program to earn a professional certificate in Craft Beer and Brewing, with her next goal being to pass the Certified Cicerone exam. She is looking forward to this scholarship course being extremely helpful in helping her achieve that goal.

The Oregon State University Professional and Continuing Education Origins of Beer Flavors and Styles course is a two-day onsite course that will examine the origins of beer flavor from raw materials and brewing techniques, how beer flavor and aroma are developed within brewing, raw ingredients and then ultimately transformed by yeast during fermentation through multiple beer tastings and discussions. Attendees will also learn the sensory methodology and aroma standards used by professionals in the brewing industry to analyze beer quality and to identify beer flavor defects and their causes during the brewing process.

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