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YCH Hop & Brew School Scholarship Recipient Announced

The Pink Boots Society is proud to announce that Brienne Allan is the recipient of the 2015 YCH Hop & Brew School scholarship. Brienne is a brewer for Jack’s Abby Brewing in Framingham, MA.

Chosen by the PBS Scholarship Selection Committee (SSC), five very experienced women beer professionals who hold positions as brewers, educators and writers, they felt Brienne should receive this scholarship due to the initiative she has taken to seek out education since starting at Jack’s Abby, something the brewery manager commended her on in his letter of recommendation.

Brienne has been with Jack’s Abby since 2012 where she’s had the opportunity to gain experience with barrel-aging, sour beer production and an array of cellering responsibilities. She knows that being employed at a brewery that produces hop-forward lagers she’ll be able to put what she learns at the Hop & Brew School to good use.

Prior to joining the brewing staff Brienne worked both in the tasting room and in the packaging department where she was responsible for all aspects of packaging from equipment maintenance to employee management. She has also been involved with the Master Brewers Association of America and attended Hopunion Hop Academy, the Brewers Guild Quality Control Seminar and multiple festivals to increase her knowledge base.

YCH’s Hop & Brew School is a two day, on-site course in Yakima, WA, consisting of presentations by hop and brewing experts, including award-winning brewers from across the United States speaking on hop usage, recipe formulation and brewing methods. Local hop farmers will also be in attendance to address the numerous growing aspects of hops — from yields and aroma characteristics to new, up and coming proprietary varieties. Also included is a ranch tour, where attendees will experience the hop fields and witness hop picking, drying and baling, as well as a guided tour of YCH headquarters, where they will observe the receiving and warehousing of the hops.

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