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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.

Dec
4
Kris McDowell
PSU Business of Craft Brewing Scholarship Recipient Announced
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The Pink Boots Society is proud to announce that Sarah Miller of Darwin Brewing Co. in Bradenton, FL 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 selected Sarah, saying, “She has worked her way up the ladder and has the determination to open her own brewery. This certificate would help her to fully understand what will be required of her to open her own place and give her the greatest chances of success.”

Sarah joined the brewing industry three years ago, bringing with her 10 years of experience in the coffee industry, a BFA in Illustration and years of persevering in male-dominated arenas. What started as a single shift per week bar tending position has expanded into a multi-faceted role where she manages social media, events and the taproom, as well as brewing on Darwin’s pilot system. Proud of what she had achieved, Sarah said, “I felt something was still missing, and I found myself wanting more knowledge. Last year I enrolled myself in the USFSP Brewing Arts program. I worked hard, day and night to do my school work while maintaining my promotion to Taproom Manager. I fought through long nights of modules, homework, and an internship. I even won a beer recipe project! Not only did I persevere, I felt at home. I worked hard, I learned and I grew. But, I feel like I have hit a stand still and it doesn’t feel like it should end there.” With this scholarship Sarah will be able to continue to grow and learn the business side of opening and operating a brewery.   

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 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 in this four-course certificate 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 startup community and other potential business partners.

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.

Nov
21
Kris McDowell
Road to Cicerone® Scholarship Recipient Announced
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The Pink Boots Society is proud to announce that the Boston Chapter recipient of the 2019 Road to Cicerone® Courses Educational Series scholarship is Emily Beaulieu of Lamplighter Brewing Co. in Cambridge. 

Emily is a woman of many hats at Lamplighter Brewing, including Bartender, Staff Trainer, Online Retail Operations Manager and Bottle Society Coordinator. Her role encompasses many aspects of social media, coordination of launch events with the marketing and operation teams, and general membership management.  Emily plans to share the knowledge she learns through the Road to Cicerone® Courses, with not only the people within her brewery but also the Boston Pink Boots Chapter and her Cicerone study group.

After graduating from Boston University with a masters in counseling, Emily worked as a guidance counselor for two years but found herself feeling jaded. To regain her footing she took a position with a small, outdoor Maine brewery for the summer. She described it as “a fast-paced learn-on-the-job kind of deal,” which left her hungering to learn more about the industry.  “I started to lose sight of full-time counseling and began thinking seriously about pursuing a job in the industry and eventually made the fateful decision to move back home to follow this hunger. I applied to work at a new brewery and over a year later, I am infinitely grateful to be a part of this community.”

The Road to Cicerone® Courses Educational Series is an annual scholarship offering for the Pink Boots Society and includes a suite of study books and exams. The coursebooks 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 coursebook 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 by earning a course pin when the student passes 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, Emily will each receive a pair of pink steel-toe rubber boots when she fulfills the Pay It Forward requirement associated with the scholarship.

 

Nov
11
Kris McDowell
Deliria Brew Day Experiential Scholarship Recipient Announced
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The Pink Boots Society is proud to announce that Laura Davis of New Belgium Brewing in Colorado is the recipient of the BBL, Inc. USA Deliria Brew Day Experiential scholarship.

Laura was chosen by the PBS Scholarship Selection Committee (SSC), five very experienced women beer professionals who hold positions as brewers, educators and writers from a strong group of applicants. In her essay she was able to convey how this scholarship would contribute to her career as well as how she plans to share what she learns with the members of her Fort Collins Chapter – a presentation will combine both the technical side of the experience and the environment in which it occurs.

As a Systems & Automations Engineer at New Belgium, Laura designs, implements, maintains and optimizes automation solutions to improve quality, foster environmental stewardship, improve reliability or add capability across the brewery. It is a role that she loves, “from the nitty gritty of process engineering to the finished product.” Her technical education grows daily however she says, “I end up on project work most of the time and I become an expert in little, discreet corners of the process. I’d like to ‘zoom out’ and see the whole process in a more traditional and established facility.”

In regards to the beer she will be part of brewing, Laura conveyed her eagerness to learn more about the diverse and dynamic category of Belgian beers. “I was once told that Belgian beer has 3 ingredients: water, grain, and whatever else you want. I’d like to experience the type of culture that encourages the wild, unconstrained creativity while fostering quality and devotion to craft.” 

The BBL, Inc. USA Deliria Brew Day Experiential Scholarship is an onsite experience January 17 – 19, 2020 in Ghent, Belgium and is designed for any beer professional with a passion for Belgian style beers and brewing processes. There women in the beer industry from around the globe will come together to brew a beer for International Women’s Day (March 8th). Local travel, hotel accommodations, beer and meals are provided by Delirium and a stipend is included to cover travel to Belgium.

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

Oct
22
Kris McDowell
Crafting A Strategy Scholarship Recipients Announced
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The Pink Boots Society is excited to announce and introduce the two ladies that have been selected to receive a scholarship for a one-year membership to Crafting A Strategy. Each was chosen by a selection committee of experienced women beer professionals who hold positions as brewers, educators and writers.

Kristine Bobrosky is currently the Tasting Room Supervisor at Bravery Brewing in Lancaster, CA, the owners of which she met while working as a wine steward at The Grand Hotel in Michigan. Prior to working in the beer and wine industry she went to school for business management and in the future would like to combine her experience in both to work on the administrative and business development side of the brewery.

This course, she says, “will help me understand in greater depth the business strategy behind the beer industry; something that I will able to relate to my small business management studies. With this knowledge I will be able to make sense of various strategies of business improvement in our industry.” Beyond benefiting her own career, Kristine is looking forward to sharing what she learns with her Pink Boots Society chapter and perhaps beyond. “I feel my LA Chapter needs someone to share business insight with them that they can implement in their workplaces. I am not afraid of being a teacher. I also have this dream in assisting in the development of brewery education program at our local colleges.” 

Patricia Low is the co-founder/owner of BarmHaus Brewing Co. in Garden Valley, CA. It is a project that she dove into in 2016 with minimal previous homebrewing or professional beer industry skills, instead trusting her business partner’s words and his amazing beer. She says, “We are maintaining in spite of the fact that our team has no previous professional experience to draw from. On the plus side, all the interactions I have had with other industry members the last few years has proven to be insightful and helpful to our brewery.” 

Those interactions include connecting with a neighboring brewery, facilitated by connections she has made as a Pink Boots Society member, to brew a Pink Boots collaboration beer. The beer has been well received by her customers and Patricia is extremely proud of being involved in the entire process of its creation. “Just recently I had a customer buy a case of our Pink Boots collaboration beer. He told me that the beer was unique, worth the cost and it was extra special because it was a part of the Pink Boots organization.”

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 she fulfills the Pay It Forward requirement associated with the scholarship.

Oct
17
Kris McDowell
Beer Marketing & Tourism Conference Scholarship Recipients Announced
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The Pink Boots Society is excited to announce and introduce the three ladies that have been selected to receive a scholarship to attend The Beer Marketing & Tourism Conference (BMTC). Each was chosen by a selection committee of experienced women beer professionals who hold positions as brewers, educators and writers.

Jordan Griffin, the Boston Chapter scholarship recipient, is the Marketing Manager for Ipswich Ale Brewery on Boston’s North Shore. She has faced challenges in bringing things up-to-date at the nearly 30 year old brewery, one of which has to do with their image. “Our North Shore fan base is a dedicated one, but they’re not the target audience in which to grow the brand. In my opinion, there’s no reason we shouldn’t be on par with other similar-sized and aged breweries in the state – but we’re not. We’re desperately missing the cool kid factor.”  

Drawing on her background of events and project management experience has benefited Jordan but she knows there is more to learn. “I know it’s going to take a lot to change people’s perception of an old, uncool brewery located 30 miles north of Boston. We DO make excellent beer. We have a gorgeous brewpub with great food that’s a short drive away from one of the best beaches north of Boston. We’re less than a 5-minute walk from the MBTA Commuter Rail station. How do we draw people here, and how do we get them to reconsider us as one of Massachusetts’ legacy brands on the shelf and on tap in Boston?” Those are questions she looks forward to finding answers to at the conference.

Karen Killough is co-owner of Vista Brewing in Driftwood, TX with her husband. The brewery situated on 21 acres that include a tasting room, restaurant, apiary, farm and event spaces. Just 30 minutes outside of Austin, she says, “Our brewery is truly a tourist destination and although we see huge traffic on the weekends, one of my goals for 2020 is to create a strategy to fill our tasting room Monday through Friday with tourists, to get them to think of us like a winery” 

Prior to starting Vista, Karen worked in marketing and account management roles in other industries and as such still feels like a newcomer to the beer and hospitality worlds. Of the Pink Boots Society she says, “I am so grateful that there exists an organization whose purpose is to support, educate and connect women in a male-dominated industry.” She has embraced the benefits of being a member of the Pink Boots Society, hosting chapter meetings and Collaboration Brew days for the past two years.

Erin Wallace is an experienced business owner in Philadelphia who has seen first hand the rapid growth of breweries in her area and changes in state legislation that have allowed establishments to expand their offerings. While on the surface that sounds good, she says, “Once they need only have a quality product along with a knowledgeable and friendly staff. But now a days that is not enough. They need to have great branding, fun merchandise, interesting and engaging events. I feel that they also need to think outside of the box, or in this case, outside of the local region for new customers.”

As the current owner of Devil’s Den, a 90 seat craft beer bar/restaurant, and Old Eagle Tavern, a 75 seat neighborhood craft beer bar, Erin wears many hats. “First, I am a craft beer bar owner, known for hosting creative events and working with craft breweries worldwide, highlighting their product. I have worked with many nonprofit organizations, museums and historical sites to host pop up beer gardens featuring local breweries. Additionally, I am a very active member of the local Philadelphia chapter of the Pink Boots Society.” Even with her extensive experience Erin is looking forward to the additional knowledge she will gain at the conference and bring back to benefit both her businesses and the organizations she is involved with.

The Beer Marketing & Tourism Conference (BMTC) is an onsite course taking place February 4-6, 2020 in St. Pete/Clearwater, FL. The conference will provide hard information about the important and growing functions of beer marketing and beer tourism that attendees can bring home to grow and improve local offering. It will also provide a forum for meeting fellow leaders in the beer marketing and tourism industry. Subjects covered include marketing, sales, driving consumers to specific regions or businesses (tourism), tap room management, events, beer tour operators and much more.

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.

Sep
20
Kris McDowell
Cicerone BeerSavvy® Scholarship Recipient Announced
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The Pink Boots Society is proud to announce that Rydelle Hall of Coachella Valley Brewing Co. in California is the recipient of the Cicerone BeerSavvy® scholarship.

Rydelle was chosen by the PBS Scholarship Selection Committee (SSC), five very experienced women beer professionals who hold positions as brewers, educators and writers. They selected her to receive this scholarship due to the steps she has already taken to grow herself and how she expressed in her essay the way this course will assist her in continuing her journey.

Rydelle’s job at Coachella is her first brewery position, a position that had over 100 applicants competing to fill it. In the year that she has been there she has impressed her boss, Pete Yakubek, Co-owner and General Manager, with her positivity, friendliness and natural brewery smarts. Starting out as a packing tech, she has been promoted to cellarman and Pete says that Rydelle, “is constantly seeking to understand all aspects of brewing and keen to learn everything about beer making. She is not afraid of hard work and regularly takes on assignments that others shy away from.”

While new to brewing and the Pink Boots Society, Rydelle is inspired by both. She has had the opportunity to brew her first commercial beer, a recipe that was inspired by the first beer her dad brewed 30 years ago, and has set her sights on becoming a Certified Cicerone. The BeerSavvy course will provide her with a broad base of knowledge to build upon and put her one step closer to that certification.

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.

Aug
14
Kris McDowell
NMSU Brewing and Distilling Course Scholarship Recipients Announced
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The Pink Boots Society is excited to announce and introduce the eleven ladies that have been selected by the PBS Scholarship Selection Committee (SSC) to receive a scholarship for the New Mexico State University Brewing and Distilling in the Belgium and Netherlands course May 20 – June 3, 2020. 

Hailing from the United States, Canada, Peru and Spain, these eleven women come from a variety of backgrounds and hold a wide range of positions at breweries and distilleries. In addition to the knowledge gained from attending the course Jessica Baker, Carly Clark, Ximena Gloria, Jeraldin Kuerbiss, Hannah Lester, Madeleine McCarthy, Juleidy Pena, Natasha Peskar, Brittany Ribalkin, Cristina Saez and Holley Voegtle will benefit from making new connections with fellow Pink Boots Society members. 

Jess Baker, Bartender/Retail Staff at Trillium Brewing Company in Canton, MA says, “I’ve worked in the brewing industry on and off for most of my adult life, and made many friends though this work that have pushed me to be more thoughtful and creative with my time.” Interested in both distilling and brewing, she has impressed the ownership at Trillium over the past two years with her passion to learn about craft beer and they are hopeful that what she gains from this scholarship will further the advancement of women in the industry. “As a woman, I never felt confident that I could really be successful in the world of distilling, so it was difficult to even see that as a possible goal. However, with the community provided by the work of the Pink Boots Society, I’ve felt fiercely supported and encouraged to go for a dream that I have pushed aside.” 

Carly Clark has earned a degree in Fermentation Science and Technology, a degree which she feels is “the perfect combination of my two passions.” Currently working as a Quality Assurance Supervisor at Stone Brewing in Escondido, CA, she is eager to apply her strong educational foundation to the experiences from this course, “ask a lot of questions in order to learn the differences in brewing processes around the world” and apply that to “ways to better our recipes or processes in order to produce a higher quality product. One of the best ways to do this is to look at a system that is different from your own and learn from their mistakes and successes. This course would also give me a great introduction to new beer styles and help expand my sensory skills for taste panels.”

Ximena Gloria is pursuing a Chemical Engineering degree and as part of her studies, one class took a field trip to a brewery where she says, “I was amazed by the many variables that lead to the characteristics of the final product, not to mention the beauty of those shiny fermenters. I was hooked. So I just went for it and asked for an opportunity to learn from them, and shortly after joined the team as the first woman in a tech lab position.” That brewery is Corporacion Pueblo Libre – Hops Microbrewery in Lima, Peru where she is a Quality Control Lab Technician. Since starting the job Gloria’s responsibilities have increased, including teaching a Salts Modification and Water Management course. Ultimately she hopes to reduce the technological gap between industrial and craft breweries in her area and is eager to get a hands-on look at the brewing technologies and practices being utilized in Belgium and the Netherlands during this course.

Jeraldin Kuerbiss started her career in brewing as part of a production bottling team, working her way up to the kegging line, filter technician and then earned a promotion to Assistant Brewer for Ballast Point’s sour and barrel aging program. Just this summer she made the transition to distilling, taking a position with Cutwater Spirits, a new company that began as an offshoot of Ballast Point. Being a new distiller she has much to learn and one aspect of this course is of particular interest to her. “One key objective of the course is to design a distillation column still for whiskey.  This will help me understand the intricacies of distilling along with the equipment I will use daily. The knowledge I learned as a brewer will help me continue my education growth as a distiller. The transition from beer to spirits may be difficult, but I feel as though I am ready for the challenge.”

Hannah Lester is the Assistant Brewer/Taproom Manager at Rising Silo Brewery in Blacksburg, VA. She started there two years ago as a part time server, advancing to brewing their non-alcoholic products (kombucha, ginger ale, sodas and cold brew nitro coffee) as the brewery grew, and is now brewing beer. Although it is her first professional position in the industry, she has been homebrewing since 2013, a hobby she was introduced to by an uncle. Earlier this year she attended the UC Davis Brewing Short Course: Intensive Brewing Science for Practical Brewing where she found the information presented to be both “staggering and exhilarating.” Eager to continue her education through this course she says, “While the freedom to explore many different styles of brewing has become a strength in the U.S., I believe it’s equally important to learn about where, why and how distinct styles of beer originated.” 

Madeleine McCarthy, Brewer/Cellar Woman at Migration Brewing Company in Portland, OR has a great appreciation for Belgian beer styles, especially Witbiers and Strong Ales, and the way they allow yeast characteristics to take center stage. In addition to the brewing aspect of this course she is curious to learn much more about distilling.  “This course also offers the chance to learn about the distillation process, which I know very little about, but have always been very curious about. It would be very interesting to see how the two overlap, how they differ and how I can apply new and different techniques to the brew process. The art of fermentation is fascinating so learning a new facet of the process is so exciting to me. Being able to approach my boss with a traditional Belgian recipe and have the knowledge and experience to back up the recipe would be so empowering.”

Juleidy Pena had a substantial history of homebrewing before she joined Aeronaut Brewing in Somerville, MA a year and a half ago but the position was her first in production brewing. Since joining the brewery she has impressed the Director of Operations both with her technical skills and her passion for the craft. Down the road she sees the potential of crossing her interest in brewing and distilling but for now she says, “There’s so much knowledge to be acquired from this course that can be put directly into my day to day work like learning about the historical Belgian and Dutch beer styles by gaining extra tools to taste, evaluate and detect flaws in the beer, along with quality control and evaluation techniques to make assertive and informed calls about the beer production.” 

Natasha Peskar is the Head Brewer for Last Best Brewing & Distilling in Calgary, AB, Canada where, as the name implies, they have both brewing and distillation programs. “I understand the basics of distillation thanks to my chemistry background; however, I feel sorely inexperienced when it comes to practical use of the equipment in producing quality spirits with nuance. Also, I have been playing with an interesting idea to distill malt barley washes and then implement it back in the beer brewing process to amplify certain flavours and aromas of specialty malt. I think this portion of the course would be integral in giving me a better understanding to explore if my idea is executable and to produce higher quality spirits for our company,” she says.

Brittany Ribalkin, Brewer at Muskoka Brewery in Bracebridge, Ontario, Canada describes herself as a “quality-focused brewer with a passion for creating creating beers that are consistent, yet innovative.” With Muskoka looking to be relevant to the growing spirits industry Brittany feels, “this course would help me create better products and possibly carve a role for myself in the brewery by binding the worlds of brewing and distilling (two things I love). The goals I have for myself are not to only be a brewer; I want to be versatile. I already have a background in microbiology and experience in quality control, but education and experience in distillation would truly help me set myself apart.”

Cristina Saez is the Co-Founder and Head Brewer for Saez & Son in Valencia, Spain, a 3bbl, two-person company. As a new business owner she is particularly interested in the brewery operations and QA/QC components of this course. In addition to gaining knowledge for herself she says, “I would also like to transmit what I’ve learned to colleagues in the craft beer industry. I would love to give small courses on different brewing topics for the other Pink boots members in Spain, in Spanish, since there is a lack of education in brewing in our native language. I think there are many people that would like to enhance their knowledge in brewing science, however they are hindered by the language barrier since most educational material is in English.”

Holley Voegtle’s path to the world of distilling and brewing came via kombucha. She says, “I got fed up buying expensive kombucha. I knew that I could not only make it cheaper but better. I was correct, but my results were not consistent. At the same time, the opportunity of being an apprentice at a small craft distillery showed up.” Her aptitude for the craft quickly became apparent, allowing her to take over full time distiller duties, to which she added a part-time brewery lab position. Currently the Production Manager/Lead Distiller at You & Yours Distilling Co. in San Diego, CA she would like to someday bring those worlds together. “My long term goal is to one day open up my own brewery and distillery but there is much to learn until I get to that point. Being exposed to opportunities such as this one being offered, is part of the path I feel I must travel.”

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 fifteen-day Brewing and Distilling in the Belgium and Netherlands course through New Mexico State University is designed to give students in-context introductions to the brewing and distilling traditions of some of the world’s major production regions for beer, cider, and whiskey. Students will meet and experience the people, processes, and styles indigenous to the targeted locations by speaking to the people who are directly involved in local businesses, making connections with owners and operators, and participating in local practice. This scholarship is designed for brewers and brewery employees as well as other beer industry employees wishing to gain more knowledge of Belgian and Dutch beer styles and techniques.