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Apr
29
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Pink Boots Society Board of Directors Welcomes Two New Members of the Board
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Please join the entire Pink Boots Board of Directors in welcoming two new members of the board! Debbie Cerda and Georgina Solis have both served as chapter leaders and volunteered on other crucial Pink Boots committees for several years, demonstrating their dedication to the Mission and Vision of our organization. Thank you, Georgina and Debbie, for your continued commitment and for sharing your path within Pink Boots.

Georgina Solis

Hi! My name is Georgina, but most folks call me Georgie. My story is similar to most in that I didn’t find craft beer: it found me. I used to be a police officer in Arlington, TX. It was one of my beat partners who introduced me to the world that is craft beer. I was volunteering at a local brewery on my days off; two months later they offered me a job in distribution. I drove a truck dropping off kegs at bars and restaurants for about a year and a half before finally making the move to production. In summer of 2018 I left the Dallas beer scene to take on a project in a small town in Hungary. I spent my summer there helping their crew adopt American styles of brewing. By fall I found myself back in Texas in a small city called Houston. I started as a brewer at Eureka Heights Brew Co. and this year will be my third calling it my home away from home.

Throughout all of my beer adventures, Pink Boots has been a constant companion. I was the chapter leader of the North Texas Chapter and was able to organize an awesome turnout for our first PBS Collaboration Brew Day. When I arrived in Houston, I immediately joined the chapter and got the group involved in the Collab Brew Day for the first time! Since then, I have been a part of the organization by joining the Chapter and Education Task Force and, more recently, the Board of Directors. I really wanted to join the Board ever since I saw how vital education and networking is to Pink Boots. When I won a scholarship in 2019 it was one of the most fulfilling feelings I had experienced in a while, and that feeling is what compelled me to run for a seat on the Board. I want to maintain the strong relationships we have with all of our scholarship partners while seeking out more to encompass all fermentables. We have a lot of work to do and I am looking forward to serving the membership for the next two years.

Salud, Georgie

Debbie Cerda

Debbie Cerda has been involved in beer for over thirty years and has a wealth of knowledge and experience to share from her journey. A pivotal moment in her employment was working at a historic British-style pub in Houston, Texas, in the late eighties, where she engaged with the likes of Michael “The Beer Hunter” Jackson, Belgian (and later Texan) brewer Pierre Celis, and three generations of the Young dynasty–Young’s Ram Rod ESB was a favorite! Since then, she’s volunteered and worked for several breweries and brewpubs in Austin, Texas, including one of the first ever brewpubs to open in Texas in 1994.

Debbie joined Pink Boots Society in 2011, and after attending PBS meetings at national events she returned home to form the Austin chapter. Her proudest accomplishment is witnessing the success of younger craft beer industry professionals who she introduced and mentored during their career–many of them came from her volunteer pool from community events that were non-beer related!

Debbie has a “portfolio” career, balancing her time between sales and business development for a Postgres consulting firm during the week, while supporting several functions including marketing and social media, charitable efforts, and community outreach and engagement for Jester King Brewery. She’s also responsible for fundraising for an impoverished village school in Kyanuna, Uganda.

She is committed to empowering others to create a vibrant and resilient community of female professionals across multiple sectors in the fermented beverage industries for now and the future.

In her free time, she enjoys a nice single malt Scotch whiskey or a glass of Cabernet Franc while playing online RPGs and relaxing with her pup, Maris Otter, and kitty, Vienna–yes, they are named after her favorite malts!

Mar
19
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Yuengling 2020 Diversity in Brewing Scholarship Recipient Announced
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Pink Boots Society and D.G. Yuengling & Son, Inc. are excited to announce the 2020 Diversity in Brewing Scholarship recipient, Victoria Rooney! This scholarship was created to support individuals from underrepresented groups who are passionate about the brewing/fermentation industry and looking to further their education, technical skills and knowledge, and leadership skills. The educational offerings that were included in this scholarship are: PA College of Technology Brewing & Fermentation Science Program, University of South Florida Brewing Arts Program, HACC Brewing Sciences Certificate Program, Philadelphia University of the Sciences Brewing Science Certificate, Siebel Institute WBA Concise Course in Brewing Technology, and the eCornell University Women in Leadership Certificate.

Joining the Pink Boots Society has opened Victoria Rooney’s eyes to a whole new world of opportunities, especially during her first Pink Boots Collaboration Brew Day®, where she met more women brewers and brewery owners than she ever could have imagined. Victoria holds several roles at Wolf Branch Brewery, including taproom manager, cellar woman, social media and events coordinator, and bartender. In 2019, she earned the “Best Bartender” award, along with Wolf Branch Brewing as the Best Craft Brewery from Lake and Sumter County Best of the Best. Victoria aspires to become a head brewer and dreams of one day opening her own brewery. She believes that this course will provide her with the professional knowledge and confidence required to make the transition to brewery operations and to be well-rounded in the craft brewing Industry. She is passionate about helping women to have a strong and respectable presence and looks forward to sharing what she learned with other members of Pink Boots Society.

D.G. Yuengling & Son, Inc. is America’s Oldest Brewery and is family owned and operated still today. In its 5th and 6th generations of continuous family ownership, Yuengling’s mission is to thrive as an iconic American company that is committed to its employees, produce exceptional products for consumers to enjoy, and for their distributor partners to champion. Yuengling’s strong culture is driven by its family and employees — and by its shared values of pride, integrity and simplicity. Yuengling respects tradition and hard work and is proud to provide superior products and service to its customers.

Dec
3
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Thank You Outgoing Board Members!
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We have two amazing members of the Board of Directors wrapping up their term with Pink Boots Society! I wanted to make sure to give them the proper shout-out they so deserve. Both of these Directors have played significant roles in helping to shape and grow the organization. Pink Boots Society will forever be indebted to them for their time and dedication.

Anita Riley

Let me start with Anita Riley! She is famously quoted with saying “Y’all, I just wanna make it rain!” Anita tackled our scholarships during her term, and with her help, we were able to increase our national scholarships by double in both years she was at the helm, as well as helping our chapters to offer scholarships on the local level. So in her words, she “made it rain.” With Anita’s help, we reviewed several opportunities to help streamline our process, ultimately leading to our newly launched platform. Survey Monkey Apply. She did this all while she was on a work rotation every four weeks so I know putting in the time and energy was a challenge, but so far all things are pointing to a successful launch. This program will not only benefit our membership when they apply for scholarships but also the workload our volunteers put in on the back end to execute the scholarships. The hope is it will help with volunteer burnout.

Because of Anita’s drive and ambition for seeking to spread education, she spearheaded an idea that helped fund the first annual Biere de Femme Festival (an all-female beer festival hosted in North Carolina). How did she do this, you might ask… she wrote a freaking book! The book is phenomenal and showcases women in beer all over North Carolina. The proceeds from the book were the foundation used to build the annual festival. It takes a serious badass to pull that off! It’s been a pleasure working alongside Anita and I hope she knows how much she has helped curate and round out our Scholarship Program.

Cat Wiest

Next is Cat Wiest! You may remember her from CBC in Denver as Hydra La Mar, where she dominated the arm wrestling event. I first met Cat probably when I first met Jen Jordan at our 10th Anniversary Celebration in San Diego. I then was lucky enough to award her a pair of Pink Boots as she’s a Pink Boots scholarship recipient (UC Davis Ext. Intensive Brewing Science for Practical Brewing). I knew at that time she had a passion for the organization but also for beer as well as women in beer. Cat has been a force for positive change within Pink Boots Society. It was her personal mission that we adapt our language to be more inclusive outside our cisgender verbiage. She’s been the backbone to help us change our narrative to be a voice for the voiceless as well as be aware and find ways to become better allies. With our Board being full of brewers by trade, a lot of the tasks we ask them to take on are new; this was the case with Cat. We tasked Cat with our social media and communications and although this was not her wheelhouse she jumped right in and gave it all she had and learned as she went. She did this all with vigor and grace! With her assistance, we began to have a larger focus on Instagram, which helped us to have a larger focus on our membership. The energy and zest for the brewing industry Cat has is unparalleled, and during her time on the Pink Boots Society Board she made sure she continued to drive her career and was awarded the Siebel/WBA scholarship through the Glen Hay Falconer Foundation!

Both of these ladies have left permanent positive marks within the organization as well as on me. I’m lucky to have learned, laughed, and grown with you ladies and wouldn’t have had it any other way!

MJ Anderson

We also had a board member MJ “That Damn Mary” Anderson, who served one year with us. MJ’s exuberance for Pink Boots Society as well as her exuberance for life is infectious. She’s so freaking positive that it makes others around her smile and feel like we can tackle any challenges we face. She’s helped me to DREAM BIG when it came to my aspirations for the organization. She has helped to develop the beginning process of our Philanthropy plan that will guide the organization’s sustainability. Due to unforeseen circumstances out of her control, her focus needs to be elsewhere at this time. Sue Rigler, Collaboration Brew Day extraordinaire, will fill MJ’s remaining one-year board term. We’re lucky we have dedicated volunteers who have a deep understanding of how the organization runs to easily bring in Sue. Her time on Collaboration Brew Day has been invaluable and has helped grow it to where it is today.

Sue Rigler

Thank you to all of these amazing, talented women for continuing to shape and drive our mission. Without them, we wouldn’t be where we are today! Let’s all raise a glass and give them all a giant CHEERS!

-Laura Ulrich

Sep
29
Cat Wiest
Creating the 2021 Pink Boots Blend
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What is the 2021 Selection Process?
Usually the hop rub takes place during a Pink Boots Society meeting at GABF. But not this year. We still wanted to include member feedback and input for the hop blend creation even though we could not physically be together for the hop rub event. Looking on the bright side, not everyone can fly to Denver for GABF and participate in the hop rub. This year all members may follow along with the process and participate in the discussion via YouTube live stream on October 7 @ 4:00pm PST!
Here’s s quick overview of the process:
10 hops were chosen based on a survey asking our members what traits and varieties were of most interest. Those 10 hops were Ahtanum®, Azacca®, Cashmere, Citra®, Crystal, Ekuanot®, Idaho 7®, Loral®, Mosaic®, and Sabro®.
There are 15 voting teams. 10 Chapters were identified based on their participating and fundraising efforts for 2020 Collaboration Brew day. Austin, Australia, Boston, Connecticut, Florida, Marin, Philadelphia, San Diego, Seattle and Toronto. 5 lucky lottery winners won a casting vote: Rachael Engel, Savannah Hayes Orr, Caitlin Lawler, Ashley Kinart-Short, Kimberly Elson. Each team is allowed one vote even though one team may have several participants.

Two identical sets of hops were shipped to our 15 voting teams. They worked either in a group or individually and created their own ideal blend selections using the first set. They were to experience and evaluate each hop while keeping notes of their favorites and which complement each other. Their team then narrowed down and submitted one recommended hop blend recipe to Yakima Chief Hops by providing a percentage breakdown of 4-6 different varieties which they believe will yield a consistent and delicious final product!

Yakima Chief Hops’ sensory team collected the feedback and recorded the 15 recipes. YCH honed in on the most desired varieties and blends when evaluating each voting team’s feedback and ideal blend. They considered a wide variety of components to create the top 3 blends, including the most popular varieties, combinations and percentages. This created the most efficient process, and ensures a truly collaborative blend that considered all components of a recipe.

The teams then used their second set of hops to (re)create Blend A, Blend B and Blend C to cast their final vote. Are you excited yet?!!!

On October 7 at 4:00pm PST, we will go live as the 15 teams and Yakima Chief Hops dive into the blend recipe creation and listen as our voting teams share their feedback about their selections. Please join us!

Sue Rigler is the Pink Boots Society Collaboration Brew Day Coordinator and the Arizona Chapter Co-Leader

May
20
Lydia Moranski
Yuengling Women in Brewing Scholarship Recipients Announced
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The Pink Boots Society and D.G. Yuengling & Son, Inc. are excited to introduce the 2020 recipients of the Yuengling Women in Brewing Scholarships! Both scholarship recipients will receive up to $12,500 to further their education through one of these four programs: the University of the Sciences Brewing Science Certificate, the Cincinnati State A.A.S. in Brewing Science (with optional Sales & Marketing certificate), the Siebel Institute Concise Course in Brewing Technology, and eCornell University’s Women in Leadership Certificate. Each of these programs work to build on technical and leadership skills, as well as brewing education.

Lauren Stone, of Left Hand Brewing Company in Colorado, has been in the brewing industry for four years. She began as an intern on a ten-barrel system developing comprehensive knowledge of the brewhouse and cellar. After her internship, she moved to a thirty-barrel brewhouse with a three-barrel pilot system. During Lauren’s two-and-a-half year period at this brewhouse, she worked her way from assistant brewer to head brewer. While she was in this role, a number of her recipes took home state awards! When Lauren moved to Left Hand Brewing Company, she was one of the quickest team members to make it through the company’s brewer certification program. 

As someone who has been in a leadership role already, Lauren is looking forward to the Women in Leadership certificate to build on the skills she has already begun to develop, and she’s looking forward to exploring alternative ways to approach problems she has faced in the past. Lauren spoke about her passion for the Pink Boots Society and this course saying, “I think it’s extremely important to have women in leadership positions as role models to encourage other women to be a part of the beer world. I am passionate about sharing my knowledge and experiences with others, especially if it means it will have a positive impact on other women.” Lauren’s passion and goals for women and the brewing industry as a whole, are just a small portion of why she was selected for this fantastic opportunity.  

The other recipient of the Yuengling Women in Brewing Scholarship is Caroline Wallace of the Texas Brewers Guild. Caroline has been with the guild for the past five years, making moves working up front and behind the scenes. She wears many hats, as the deputy director of a statewide organization, including social media, working conferences and festivals; all the way to legislation outreach. Caroline has worked on implementing an annual statewide beer festival, and changing state beer law for the good of the breweries! She has had the honor of representing craft beer at a state and federal level. But before she began the fight for breweries everywhere, Caroline was the co-author on two history-based beer books and an avid byline for a women-run beer blog.

Caroline is also planning to take the Women in Leadership course through eCornell University. As a previous chapter leader, Caroline knows the value of the Pink Boots “pay-it-forward” requirement and is excited to be a part of sharing the knowledge with other women in the brewing industry. Caroline discussed this in her application by saying, “I believe this scholarship, in particular, comes with an invaluable opportunity and heightened responsibility to assist, inspire, and educate fellow members.” Caroline’s due diligence when looking into this course was just a fraction of why she was considered for this scholarship.  

In addition to taking courses that make up the Women in Leadership certificate, 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 their scholarships.

Apr
2
Cat Wiest
Membership Spotlight – Joey Hanna
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Welcome back to Membership Spotlight!
Would you like to nominate a Pink Boots member who has inspired you? A member you think embodies the mission of Pink Boots Society and deserves a shout out? Send nominations to socialmedia@pinkbootssociety.org!
This month we are highlighting Joey Hanna! Joey is the Boss Lady at Hoppy Beer Gear, as well as the key merchandise coordinator for Pink Boots Society.

What is your role in the beer industry?

I’m the owner of Hoppy Beer Gear, Inc. in San Diego, Ca. Our focus in the craft industry is to assist with Branding, Merchandise and Marketing. We have clients throughout the country that we work closely with to increase their brand awareness and sales through Apparel, Merchandise, Promotional items and Design work. I absolutely love what I do and enjoy working with people to enhance their business and brand. I am also the merchandise and branding volunteer for Pink Boots Society. I’ve assisted in getting
new apparel and merchandise that can be purchased and proudly worn to support PBS members and women in the beer industry. I’ve also helped with designing some of the Collaboration Brew Day shirts and assisted in conferences.

How long have you been a Pink Boots Member?

I have been a member for about 4 years now and have been the Merchandise volunteer going on 3 years.

What, in your opinion, are the greatest benefits of the Pink Boots Society?

Pink Boots offers many benefits but if I were to call out a few then they would be the amazing scholarships and education support that they make available to all members. I would also say that the inspiration and support is amazing. To have what I would call a sisterhood in this day and age is so needed and helpful for us all to grow in an industry that we love.

What is your favorite thing about working in the beer industry?

The people would be my favorite thing. It is hard to explain but the friendships and quality of people that we are surrounded by is amazing. I truly feel like a part of a big family.

What was a great moment in Pink Boots / beer industry for you?

There are a lot of great moments but being at the Texas PBS convention last year was off the hook. I met so many women face to face and had so many inspiring conversations. I feel like everyone was there to share their experiences and lend a hand on resolutions. The information was very up and coming and the speakers were very knowledgeable.

Is there anything you would like to tell us about the work you do, or your involvements with Pink Boots?

My goal is to continue to volunteer with Pink Boots and lend a hand in any way that I can to continue to grow and positively affect more women in the industry. We have a lot of great things coming up and I think now more than ever we need to lift each other up and be a source of empowerment and strength. I take pride in being a part of Pink Boots.

What are you drinking right now (or later)?
I will be tapping into a fresh Double IPA- called Double Dank from Second Chance Beer Co. – delicious…

A fun fact or bit of trivia about you!
My husband and I LOVE live music and go to dozens of shows each year. Our favorite is our annual trip to Red Rocks in Colorado to see a full weekend of The String Cheese Incident. Great music, friendly people and an amazing venue!

Jan
31
Cat Wiest
Membership Spotlight
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Welcome back to Membership Spotlight!
Would you like to nominate a Pink Boots member who has inspired you? A member you think embodies the mission of Pink Boots Society and deserves a shout out? Send nominations to socialmedia@pinkbootssociety.org!
This month we are featuring Lisa Allen, head brewer at Heater Allen in McMinnville, Oregon.
What is your role in the industry?
I am the head brewer at Heater Allen Brewing in McMinnville, OR, but it’s a very small, family business so I wear a lot of hats. I’ve done everything from cleaning kegs to delivering them, cellar work, lab work, you name it, I’ve probably done it.
 
How long have you been a Pink Boots Member?
I’ve been a Pink Boots member since 2010, right around the time I entered the industryPink Boots was really small back then! My friend Sarah Forga (who is no longer in the industry but brewed at several different spots around Oregon before changing fields) told me about the group and convinced me to go to a meeting with her.
 
What, in your opinion, are the greatest benefits of the Pink Boots Society?
For me the greatest benefit has been meeting other ladies in the industry. A lot of the other women brewers I’ve met and connected with I’ve met at a Pink Boots meeting or a Pink Boot adjacent event. Even though I have yet to receive one myself, I have to say scholarships. Education is so important in any industry and in an industry where workers are often under paid or don’t have many benefits, etc. having an opportunity to get education for free or cheap is so beneficial. And especially having a group that provides scholarships for women in an industry that is very male dominated, it helps us get a leg up.
What is your favorite thing about working in the beer industry?
My favorite thing about the industry is the people. I have met so many great people through the beer industry and I continue to daily.
What is your proudest Pink Boots / beer industry moment?
My proudest Pink Boots moments happen whenever I see someone I know receive a scholarship. I’m happy for everyone that receives one, but when it’s someone you know personally and/or are good friends with it touches a little closer to home and makes me proud to be a part of this organization.

Is there anything you would like to tell us about the work you do, or your involvements with Pink Boots?
Well…currently I am the Portland Chapter Financial Liaison, it’s been really interesting learning about all of the ins and outs of the financial aspect of the organization. I also brewed a SMASH lager with Skagit Valley Malting, the proceeds of which will go to the Pink Boots Portland Chapter. I used Skagit Valley Copeland Pilsner malt and Hüll Melon hops, the first of it will be tapped at the SheBrew festival in Portland on March 8th.
What are you drinking right now (or later)?
Finishing up a brew day as I’m answering these questions, so not currently drinking, but I’ll probably have a lager of some sort this evening.
A fun fact or bit of trivia about you!
I was an Archaeology major at Oregon State Univeristy, I wanted to switch to Fermentation Science my junior year, but when I looked in to it, it was going to take me an extra 2-3 years to graduate so I decided to graduate and figure life out from there.
Jan
26
Lydia Moranski
2020 Craft Brewers Conference Scholarship Recipients Announced
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The Pink Boots Society in conjunction with the Brewers Association is proud to announce the four recipients of the 2020 Craft Brewers Conference® scholarship. Each lady was chosen by a selection committee of experienced women beer professionals, from brewers to educators and positions in between.  

Christine Bump of Big Elm Brewing Company was selected because being both the co-owner and head brewer means her position encompasses many different aspects. As someone who has attended a Craft Brewers Conference in the past, our committee believed she would be able to take advantage of the wide amount of range of educational topics offered at the CBC. With Christine’s position at Big Elm and being an active member in her local Pink Boots Chapter, Christine will have the opportunity to share what she has learned with a wide range of people in many different positions. 

Christine joined the brewing industry in 2001 on a 3.5 barrel brewhouse and has worked for several different breweries and brew houses of different sizes. When she worked at Victory Brewing Company Christine ran the manual 25 barrel brewhouse and helped install and optimize a 50 barrel automated system. Christine took this knowledge and co-opened a brewpub in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. After several years the call of a production brewhouse was one Christine needed to answer and in 2010 Big Elm in Sheffield, Massachusetts was born. 

Katey McNulty is the sensory specialist for Carlton and United Breweries in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. As an international member, the selection committee believed she will benefit from this opportunity both by actively attending CBC, and also getting the chance to experience American beer styles in their home territory. Katey’s background in the technical and analytical side of brewing will allow her to take a full on approach to the subjects being discussed at CBC. 

At the age of three Katey had her first experience with the brewing industry. Her grandfather was a homebrewer and on bottling day she was tasked with being the brewer assistant and adding a teaspoon of sugar to each bottle of beer. Katey went on to receive her Bachelors of Science in Viticulture and Oenology (the study of wine and wine making). After working in a vineyard Katey eventually found her way back to beer. Katey believes, “Being able to attend the beer styles track at the Craft Brewers Conference 2020 would help me to differentiate the distinct beer styles The Brewers Association recognizes in their Beer Style Guidelines and will help me to be a more knowledgeable trainer in the field of sensory science and taste training.” This will get Katey closer to her goal of being a Master Cicerone and being a beer judge at world beer cup. 

Tara Pattison of Farmers Brewing was selected for the 2020 Craft Brewers Conference due to her dedication to learn. Tara has traveled extensively to cultivate her knowledge of fermentation and CBC will be another place on the map to add to her bank of knowledge. 

Tara Began her journey with brewing in 2013 as a home brewer and member of the Heriot-Watt brewing society and a member of the University of California Davis’s food science brewing club. Tara traveled to Germany as one of 75 young professionals to take advantage of a year long diplomatic cultural exchange, sponsored by Congress and Bunderstag. This opportunity included two internships where Tara rotated through every aspect of brewing, from milling to packaging. Tara is excited to take home what is learned and share it with colleagues and Pink Boots members alike. Tara plans on taking the quality track which will help grow the quality department at her brewery.  

Ann Reilly of the New York City Brewers Guild was selected due to her recent leadership roll which will keep pushing the industry forward. Ann with be able to take advantage of both of the educational seminars but also have a clear focus on networking with other attendees and be able to see how such a large scale event is put on.  Ann outlined a clear map of what she plans to take away and bring back to the Brewers Guild, her Pink Boots chapter and community.

Ann has been moving around the New York beer scene for several years from working beer festivals to creating beer related events all over the spectrum from home brew competitions label art exhibitions. Ann helped to relaunch and revitalize the local New York City Pink Boots chapter. Ann created a network for the women in beer in her community, “They provide truly ‘safe space’ forums where women in beer are able to speak openly. Places where inquiries can be made without judgment. Education can be offered, gained and expounded upon.”

The Craft Brewers Conference® is the number one environment in North America for concentrated, affordable brewing education and idea sharing to improve brewery quality and performance. Attendees can choose from twelve educational tracks; beer styles, brewing operations, business export, government affairs, hospitality, ingredients and supplies, marketing & social media, planning, quality, safety, Sales & distribution, sustainability, and thought leadership. These are led  by the top minds in the beer and business world. 

In addition to attending Craft Brewers Conference® these four women will each receive a pair of pink steel toe rubber boots when the Pay it Forward requirement associated with the scholarship is fulfilled.  

Jan
5
Cat Wiest
From Bartender To Packaging Technician Through Pink Boots Siebel Scholarship
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When I moved to a goat farm after the devastating Gatlinburg wildfires in late
2016, I never expected to fall in love… with craft beer. Ever since I started
working at a local brewery I have been enamored with beer and the brewing
process, so much that I started homebrewing and looking for scholarships in
brewing. Fast-forward a few years later and I have accepted a job in canning and
cellar work. This job came from a journey of volunteering, education, and most
importantly, beer.
I first started brewing at home like many others by making meads, beer and
anything else that I could ferment. I was captivated with the brewing process
instantly and felt in my gut that this is what I wanted to do for a living. I knew I
needed to go to school to learn more about brewing to build a solid foundation, as
most of my brewing came from a “feel” of brewing. As Charlie Papazian says in
The Complete Joy of Homebrewing, “It is about feeling your beer and letting your
beer feel you.” While this is a great skill set in craft brewing and a priceless
education, my scientific method behind beer was lacking. I heard that Siebel
Institute of Technology was the way to learn from many professional brewers, so it
was a course from them that I focused on. I needed to take the Siebel W1 course so
I could understand the technical part of brewing, to combine my hands-on learning
with mechanical learning, and most importantly to grow in my career.
I came upon the Pink Boots Society as I was searching for a scholarship at Siebel. I
Googled “scholarship for Siebel Institute of Technology” and the Pink Boots
Society website was the first thing to pop up. I went through the site and was so
excited that I stumbled upon this group of female beer professionals. I signed up
that very day, submitted a request for volunteering and started working on my
scholarship application for the Siebel Concise Course in Brewing Technology. I
felt that it would better my chances of getting a scholarship if I volunteered for this
organization, and I was right. I learned a lot in that first year about Pink Boots and
it helped kick start my volunteer work for the following years. I went on to
volunteer at the local Biere de Femme in Asheville, North Carolina and met many
women that I had only known through email. This experience as a whole taught me
that I could be a part of something big and work hard for something I believe in.
I ended up receiving the scholarship for the Siebel online course at the beginning
of 2019 and attended over the summer. It was a whirlwind of information and I
stayed glued to my computer.

The Siebel class really helped me see the bigger picture behind brewing and answered a lot of my technical questions about brewing on a commercial system. For those of you who have not looked into the course, it is basically an overview of everything in brewing, from water chemistry to cleaning kegs, in three months. If you are planning on taking the course, I would suggest taking an organic chemistry class before taking the Siebel online class. I was fortunate enough to take a craft beer chemistry class the year before and it
really helped me digest what the Siebel course was teaching me in the organic
chemistry lectures. There were many positives of this course. I really enjoyed it
because it was online and I could work on it on my schedule and not be tied to a
class time every week. I also enjoyed the weekly discussions with the class and
instructor about that week’s topic. The instructors were awesome and there to
answer whatever question you have. One drawback for me was that since I was
still bartending, I was not able to apply what I was learning in the physical right
away. But that is why I was taking the class: to get a working knowledge of
commercial brewing in order to get a foot in the door. So, I took extensive notes
and frequently talked to professional brewers I know about whatever subject I was
learning about that week. I ended up passing the class with an “A!”
The significant thing that I learned is that I could spend my whole life learning
about beer and still never know all there is to know. That is why I love this career
and industry so much.
The Siebel Concise course in Brewing Technology has changed my life. With this
education I have been able to land a job in a brew house doing canning and cellar
work. This opportunity also allows me to grow within the company so I can
eventually brew beer commercially. I would not have gotten this job without my
certificate and for that I am very thankful to Pink Boots Society. In my journey I
was supported by women who I did not even know, I found stories that I could
relate to, I found ideas for growing my career and my beer, and most importantly, I
felt like I had found family.

 

Taylor Paige King resides in Eastern North Carolina with her partner Jordy and her cat Sigi. She works at Mother Earth Brewing as a packing technician and is currently planning a brew for the Pink Boots Society collaboration brew day.  She volunteers with Pink Boots Society as a national and North Carolina scholarship liaison. She also attends Nash Community College full time and will complete her degree this May. In her spare time she enjoys home brewing, farming and reading. 

 

 

Dec
9
Cat Wiest
Membership Spotlight
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Welcome back to Pink Boots Society’s Member Spotlight! Would you like to nominate a Pink Boots member who has inspired you? A member you think embodies the mission of Pink Boots Society and deserves a shout out? Send nominations to socialmedia@pinkbootssociety.org!

This month we are putting a spotlight on Jasmine Bamlet! She is the Event and Allied Member Development Manager for the North Carolina Craft Brewers Guild. She plans educational and social events for the membership, and creates opportunities for folks hoping to reach members to sponsor those events and help foot the bill.

She has been a Pink Boots Society member for several years and says “Pink Boots, like many other associations, finds its value in community. The scholarships offer amazing opportunities and the meetings are always great for networking, but the ability to connect and commiserate and uplift has always been the shiny penny for me in membership value”.

Her favorite thing about working in this industry comes down to the fact that it never really feels like work. “Sure, the paperwork can drag, but doing what I do in the industry that I do it in never feels like it’s work. It’s tough, don’t get me wrong – I spent 3 out of the last 6 weeks away from home – but at the end of the day, I truly believe in this industry and its ability to change our economic landscape and social environment for the better”.

In 2016, she received the Extra Effort Award from the North Carolina Craft Brewers Guild. “I was completely blindsided by it – the staff made up some line about needing me ASAP in the banquet hall, so I came rushing in from running kegs for the bar and then got pushed on stage to receive this award”. The next year she was able to give that award to the newest intern – a great way to close the circle.

“Since I work for the Guild, I am uniquely qualified to be a part of the North Carolina Pink Boots community as a whole versus just through a chapter connection. My work has me traveling, sometimes more than others, and it allows me to connect with all manner of amazing women in beer. I currently hold the title of North Carolina Chapter Liaison, which means I work with all of North Carolina’s five chapters to help build membership, coordinate events, and grow leadership. It’s not an easy task since 3 out of 5 of those chapters started within the last 12 months, but it’s one I’m passionate about and hope to give more attention to in the coming year”.

Right now, I’m finishing off an Imperial Stout from Reve Brewing. It’s good, but maybe I shouldn’t have had the whole 16.9 ounces to myself…Fun facts about Jasmine: I own a pug named Charlie and I’m a published poet.

 

Thank you Jasmine for your dedication to Pink Boots Society, and for all you do for our industry as a whole!