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American Society of Brewing Chemists 2019 Meeting Scholarship Recipients Announced
Scholarship Recipients
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The Pink Boots Society is proud to announce the two recipients of the American Society of Brewing Chemist 2019 Meeting scholarship. Each was chosen by a selection committee of experienced women beer professionals who hold positions as brewers, educators and writers.

Amanda Oberbroeckling of Odd13 Brewing in Lafayette, CO is the national recipient and was selected to receive this scholarship by the committee due to her strong essay, in which expressed her goals of connecting with others in the brewing industry to help grow their programs and growing within her own company.

Three years ago Amanda accepted the Lab Technician position where she was charged her with creating and running the quality control lab. Since then she has added running the brewery’s sensory program to her responsibilities. She says, “Our brewery prides itself on having a very large, very robust quality program and lab for our production size, and it has become my goal to be a leader and an example for smaller breweries, to show them that knowledge, techniques, equipment, and mentorship are possible, regardless of their size.” To that end she has spent considerable time visiting and speaking with other brewery labs across the country and has found, “there is a growing need for further education for brewing quality control and lab employees, and while the group of individuals in this sector of the industry is rather small, it is beginning to grow at a rapid pace as smaller breweries put increasingly more emphasis on their quality control programs.”

The ASBC conference is something that had been on Amanda’s radar since she began building Odd13’s lab. She says, “My goal in attending the ASBC conference is to learn about the progress being made in the most relevant research projects throughout the industry, and to contribute my own experiences and ideas with others in the industry. As the only lab employee in our brewery, our quality control program has become both my job and my passion project, and I hope to continue to grow in my career by becoming the lab manager. Participating in the ASBC conference would allow me to take the next step in my career by allowing me the opportunity to bring new information and ideas to my brewery’s ownership, and to network with others who are in the same position that I am, to gain friends and mentors that can help me on my career path.”

Erika Anderson of Beer & Wine Hobby in Woburn is the Boston Chapter recipient and was selected to receive this scholarship due in part to the letter of recommendation from the owner of Beer & Wine Hobby. In the 18 months she has worked there he has been impressed by her personal growth as well as her ability to put her knowledge to work advising their clients, to the extent that she has even begun creating a following of her own.

When Erika joined Beer & Wine Hobby she was in the process of earning her Business of Craft Beer Certificate from the University of Vermont. Between that formal education and educating herself with homebrewing books she has solidified herself as a homebrewer with a solid grasp on the basics but wants to continue to push herself to learn more. She says, “Attending more seminars, classes, and craft beer focused events will help me to gain more hands on knowledge.”

Erika looks forward to sharing the knowledge she gains with her customers and empowering her female customers in particular. She is actively working to bring more women into homebrewing and has recently decided to teach a women-only homebrew class to give women a safe space to feel comfortable and confident in learning a stereotypical “mens hobby.” She says, “The more I think about the homebrew culture the more I feel that it’s lacking. I’d like to change that and be the inspiration. I want women to know that they can brew beer too, whether at home or in a commercial space. We have to support each other if we’re to ever make a difference.”

The American Society of Brewing Chemist 2019 Meeting is a two and a half day conference filled with engaging discussions, interactive technical workshops and cutting-edge research presentations from speakers within and outside of the industry sharing their perspective on challenges and opportunities for the brewing community. From yeast genetics to hop aroma and technical barrel aging, this year’s ASBC Meeting program is filled to the brim with outstanding topics and great speakers. The keynote hop genetics presentation will be “Big Shoes to Fill” by hop researcher Peter Darby of Wye College, Kent. UK. Workshops include: Discussion of Barrel-age Practices and Stability in Package, Methods of Analysis Dive-in, From Bytes to BeeR: Leveraging the Statistical Programming Language R in Brewing Data Science, Hop Selection: An Imperfect Science, Understanding Biotransformation and the Impact on Flavor/Aroma of Beer and Unveiling the Magic and Mystery behind Malting and Brewing with Novel and Alternative Grains.