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Apr
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Kris McDowell
Recipient Jennifer Treu
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Jennifer Treu

Siebel WBA Concise Course in Brewing Technology Scholarship Recipient Announced

The Pink Boots Society is proud to announce that Jennifer Treu is the recipient of the Siebel WBA Concise Course in Brewing Technology Online Scholarship. Jennifer is the assistant brewer at Monkish Brewing Company in Torrance, CA.

The PBS Scholarship Selection Committee (SSC) is made up of five very experienced women beer professionals who hold positions as brewers, educators and writers. The committee chose Jennifer to receive this scholarship due to her, “current position, level of education and drive to grow as a brewer.”

Jennifer started with Monkish nearly two years ago serving in the tasting room and although it was her first job in the beer industry, she was a ready student when owner/brewer Henry Nguyen described beer flavor profiles and how the brewing process affects them. The three year old brewery’s Belgian-influenced beers go beyond traditional, experimenting with ingredients like elderflowers, Sichuan peppercorns and pistachios. According to Jennifer it was, “these subtle yet complex flavors that opened my pallet to what beer could taste like.”

Less than a year after starting Henry offered Jennifer the assistant brewer position and she readily took him up on it, recognizing the opportunity was one that few with no former experience would come across. Eager to learn she says, “I study on my own continuously but feel that a structured and brewing specific course would teach me things that I might not necessarily come upon myself.”

The three month intensive online Siebel course will provide Jennifer the knowledge and confidence to work effectively in the world of commercial brewing with topics including the business of beer, alcohol and health, CIP programs and Quality Assurance/Quality Control. It 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 to provide full comprehension of the topics covered.

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

Mar
1
Kris McDowell
Recipient Katie Nasiatka
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OSU’s Beer Proficiency Testing & Sensory Analysis Scholarship Recipient Announced

The Pink Boots Society is proud to announce the recipient of Oregon State University’s Beer Proficiency Testing & Sensory Analysis Scholarship. Katie Nasiatka works at Odell Brewing Company where she is a lab technician and is in the process of building a sensory tasting program.

The PBS Scholarship Selection Committee (SSC) is made up of five very experienced women beer professionals who hold positions as brewers, educators and writers. The committee chose Katie to receive this scholarship due to her, “excellent understanding of sensory and a clear vision of where she would like to take her knowledge in the sensory world. She also came highly recommended, which shows that her coworkers and mentors feel she has great potential.”

Katie studied at the University of Colorado where she obtained a B.A. in Biochemistry and Molecular Cellular Developmental Biology and a minor in Applied Mathematics and Chemistry. She started with Odell in 2013 and has also worked at Alaskan Brewing Company.

In addition, Katie is the regional leader for the Northern Colorado chapter of the Pink Boots Society. She is, “hoping to take my sensory program and introduce it to the Pink Boots ladies along the Front Range who work at breweries in need of a sensory panel to determine the quality of their beer,” something this course will greatly help her achieve.

The four-day OSU course will examine the origins of beer flavor from raw materials and brewing techniques, how beer can work with food and understanding beer and food pairing principles through beer tastings and discussions. It will also cover 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.

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

Feb
1
Kris McDowell
Recipient Vera Dekard
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OSU’s Craft Brewery Startup Workshop Scholarship Recipient Announced

The Pink Boots Society is proud to announce the recipient of the final scholarship of 2014, Oregon State University’s Craft Brewery Startup Workshop. Vera Dekard is the owner of the San Antonio Brewing Company (SA-BC) in TX.

The PBS Scholarship Selection Committee (SSC) is made up of five very experienced women beer professionals who hold positions as brewers, educators and writers. The committee chose Vera to receive this scholarship due to a clear vision of her brewing dreams and aspirations. They said that they, “hope to sit in her future brewpub one day and enjoy her culinary-inspired, sudsy creations.”

Vera was born and raised in Germany and apprenticed at her family’s Bavarian restaurant before moving to the U.S. in her 20’s. Since then she has immersed herself in the culinary scene, developed a palate for both beer and wine and found the hobby – homebrewing – she started during her husband’s long deployments quickly ramping up.

Vera’s beers have been debuting at two San Antonio restaurants for the past year and while she is confident in them she knows there is more to having a successful brewery than just making good beer. She has been mentored by other San Antonio brewers and is serving as the VP of the San Antonio Cerveceros Brew Club, both great learning opportunities, and is looking forward to applying the additional knowledge she’ll acquire during the workshop to her business plan.

The workshop will take place in two parts: the first two weeks will be delivered online, followed by four days on-site at Widmer Brothers Brewing in Portland, Ore. The focus will be on developing a working and feasible craft brewery business plan, best practices and marketing strategies for a small business and acquiring capital and infrastructure including how to source ingredients and beer brewing equipment. Participants will research brewery trends and gain entrepreneurial insights on business and management from successful brewery owners.

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

 

 

Jan
23
Sibyl Perkins
Recipient Amanda Leas
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Cicerone BeerSavvy® Online Scholarship Recipient Announced

The Pink Boots Society is proud to announce the recipient of the final Cicerone BeerSavvy® Online Scholarship for 2014. Amanda Leas is the Trader Joe’s beer section leader for the Beaverton, Ore. location.

The PBS Scholarship Selection Committee (SSC) is made up of five very experienced women beer professionals who hold positions as brewers, educators and writers. The committee chose Amanda from the pool of applicants in part because of her great essay as well as the fact that, “she will be able to impact so many people in her local market by the informed choices and selections she makes,” once she has completed the course.  Amanda started with Trader Joe’s over a decade ago, selling beer, wine and other alcoholic beverages. Since then she has, “fallen more and more in love with the world of brewing,” and has recently started home brewing. Successful all-grain batches have driven her interest further and she has sought out to learn more through the writings of Michael Jackson and Charlie Papazian. The Cicerone BeerSavvy® course is a natural progression as she seeks to gain the knowledge needed to transition to working at a brewery, one of her long term goals.

As she looks toward the future, Amanda intends to put her journalism degree to work and share her journey in beer through stories and observations she has collected. In addition she plans to become an active member of the Pink Boots Society. Always on the look out for interested and excited volunteers, the PBS will be taking Amanda up on her offer so look for her face and name to become part of the amazing group of volunteers that make PBS what it is.


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

Congratulations Amanda!!

 

Jan
23
Sibyl Perkins
Recipient Jordan Boinest
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Business of Distribution Course Education Package Scholarship Recipient Announced

The Pink Boots Society is proud to announce the recipient of the San Diego State University College of Extended Studies and Karl Strauss Brewing Co. Business of Distribution Course Education Package scholarship. Jordan Boinest is co-owner of Newgrass Brewing Company, slated to open in Shelby, NC June 2015.

The PBS Scholarship Selection Committee (SSC) is made up of five very experienced women beer professionals who hold positions as brewers, educators and writers. The committee chose Jordan to receive this scholarship due to her unique position of being co-owner of a soon-to-be-open brewery. Distribution will be important to Newgrass yet is an area she admitted having little experience with.  Jordan has been working at Beech Mountain Brewing Company as their tap room manager since 2013, during which time she has gained a great deal of knowledge regarding brewery operations. She was involved in a few sales transactions there but is excited about the more in depth knowledge this course will provide, which in turn she can apply to developing a distribution plan for Newgrass.

The course education package includes a day of instruction by the Senior Director of Southern California Sales for Stone Brewing Co., stipend to help Jordan with travel and accommodation expenses as well as dinner at Karl Strauss. Evaluation of all of the wholesalers in a market, best practices in managing them once one has been selected, maximization of the three tier system and how to effectively and efficiently work with a wholesaler are just some of the areas that will be covered during the course.

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

Congratulations, Jordan!!

Jan
16
Sibyl Perkins
Judy Neff Talks Scholarship
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Judy Neff, a recent recipient of one of Pink Boots Society scholarships, is now joining the latest wave of craft breweries set to open across the nation.  She talks in depth about her experience, the people she met and learned from at the Oregon State University Craft Brewery Start-Up Workshop, and the future she is more prepared for than ever!

“Who hasn’t thought of opening up a brewery or brewpub?  I certainly have and was lucky enough to win a scholarship awarded by the Pink Boots Society for the Oregon State University Craft Brewery Start-Up Workshop.  I took a week off of work and jumped on a plane from Baltimore to Bend Ore., with my business plan and a list of questions in hand.  About 25 people from all over the country- the Northeast, South, Midwest and West Coast- as well as Canada, Mexico and the Philippines, gathered to start the week that would change many of our lives forever.”

“The Pink Boots Society scholarship and support afforded me the opportunity to move forward with my goal to open a brewery, and this course increased my chances of success.  Cheers to the Pink Boots Society for supporting women in craft beer!”

CHEERS to you, Judy, and to a bright future in craft brewing!!

Read the full article in the Celebrator Beer News HERE

 

 

Nov
18
Sibyl Perkins
Scholarship Recipient Announced!
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The Pink Boots Society is thrilled to announce that Ginga Newton has been selected as the recipient of the 2014 Fremont Brewing Co. Apprentice Scholarship! Ginga has impressed our panel of Scholarship Selection beer professionals with her creative brewing techniques and the education she bring to our profession.  She is currently a taproom bartender at Bent Paddle Brewing Company in Duluth, Minn. and assists in the brewery.  She also holds a degree in Environmental Sciences, with a focus on water quality and habitat restoration, both making her knowledgeable and equipped with a foundation in chemistry and laboratory analysis. Ginga apprenticed at Thirsty Pagan Brewpub and Lake Superior Brewing Co., signing on at the latter as a brewing assistant after completing her apprenticeship.  She will undoubtedly be an amazing apprentice at Fremont Brewing Co.

We have a full calendar of scholarships ready to go for 2015 – the one for you is waiting just around the corner!

CONGRATULATIONS Ginga!!!  CHEERS!

Jul
24
Sibyl Perkins
Scholarship Recipient Announced!
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CONGRATULATIONS to Charlotte Cook as the recipient of the latest and greatest scholarship opportunity for Pink Boots Society members!!

“The Pink Boots Society is proud to announce that
Charlotte Cook has been selected as the
recipient of the 2014 John I. Haas Hops Academy
Scholarship. Charlotte is a brewer at BrewDog,
Scotland’s largest independent brewery.
The PBS Scholarship Selection Committee (SSC)
is made up of two teams, each of which have five
very experienced women beer professionals who
hold positions as brewers, educators and writers.
The SSC was impressed with the way Charlotte
“likened what she does to a chef who specializes
in pork to never actually seeing a pig,” due to,
“her location far away from any hops” and
therefore, “she stands to gain the most from this
scholarship.”

Check out the full release here: Brewdog Charlotte

Apr
9
Sibyl Perkins
Jessica Heidrich wins first PBS scholarship
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The Pink Boots Society, in association with our schlolarship partner, the Siebel Institute for Brewing Technology, are proud to announce the recipient of Pink Boots Society’s first scholarship: Jessica Heidrich of Stockholm, Sweden. Jessica will be taking Siebel’s WBA web-based Concise Course in Brewing Technology on May 5, 2013. Please see www.siebelinstitute.com for information about this course.
 
The PBS Scholarship Selection Committee is made up of five very experienced women beer professionals, currently brewers, beer educators and beer writers. Here is the Scholarship Selection Committee’s statement about chosing Jessica Heidrich:
 
“For our first scholarship, the committee was impressed with the number of applicants and the quality of those applications. Honestly, we wish would could have given a scholarship to each of our applicants, as they were all deserving. In the end, however, we felt Jessica Heidrich’s years of experience and her tenacity in becoming a brewer impressed us. Here’s Jessica’s story in a nutshell:
 
“Her brewing career started as a homebrewer more than 20 years ago, and her experience earned her the title of Swedish brewing champion — four times! Three years ago, she quit her previous career and began brewing professionally, reviving an old Swedish beer brand that had become extinct. Since then, she has become Head Brewer at St. Erik’s Bryggeryi in Stockholm. But Jessica feels her lack of formal brewing education puts her at a disadvantage among her male counterparts, and her salary is suffering because of it. Because there are no brewing schools in Sweden, the online Siebel course is a perfect fit for her!”
 
We thank everyone involved with our very first Pink Boots Society scholarship. It was a rewarding and learning experience for us. Please stay tuned for other new scholarships that we are working to set up and administer. We appreciate your support!