Brooke Franus
Home  »  PBS News  »  Brooke Franus Archives - Pink Boots Society
Kris McDowell
Cicerone BeerSavvy® Scholarship Recipient Announced
Scholarship Recipients

The Pink Boots Society is proud to announce that Brooke Franus of Stewards of Beer is the recipient of the Cicerone BeerSavvy® 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 Brooke to receive this scholarship because “she understands more than most the need for education and teaching, the sharing of knowledge. She has a solid vision for what this course can help her create and give back, including being a positive role model for others in her company and brewing community.”

Brooke started with Stewards of Beer, one of Pittsburgh’s leading craft beer promotions/marketing companies, part-time in 2013 while she was primarily employed as an adjunct teacher to adult and K-12 students and leader of workshops and training presentations in the education field. At the end of 2017 she accepted a full-time role in the beer industry as their “Chief Edutainment Officer,” a position that will focus on continued growth of their client base and educational offerings.

Since 2013 Brooke has been instructing potential customers about beer styles, flavors and breweries to help them make an informed purchase that they would be happy with. When the company recently began offering non-credit beer education courses through the local community college she became an unofficial teaching assistant, drawing upon her years of experience in the education field. “Being a teacher is woven into the fiber of my being and I consider that educational spirit to be a core principle of who I am. So it only makes sense that I’m always looking for ways to incorporate teaching and learning into what I do,” she says. Brooke is looking forward to the knowledge she will gain from this course, her first foray into professional education in the beer industry, and starting down a path of what she hopes will lead to teaching classes on her own and creating an environment that encourages more women to attend.

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.

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