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UC Davis Intensive Brewing Science Scholarship Recipient Announced

The Pink Boots Society is proud to announce that Colleen Rakowski of Free Will Brewing Company in Pennsylvania is the recipient of the University of California, Davis Extension Intensive Brewing Science for Practical Brewing scholarship.

Chosen by the PBS Scholarship Selection Committee (SSC), five very experienced women beer professionals who hold positions as brewers, educators and writers, they chose Colleen to receive this scholarship due to her “love yet understanding of the work and commitment” of brewing and her willingness to “work her way up from the ground floor.”

At the beginning of 2015 Colleen began her journey into craft beer working for Free Will in an office capacity, assisting them with social media and marketing as well as bartending in the taproom. When summer came around and they were short staffed in the cellar she stepped in to take a position there. Her supervisor was impressed that Colleen, “picked up CIP and sanitation processes faster than any other person I’d ever trained, and far quicker than I learned them myself when I was first starting as a brewer. Within a week she was dry hopping, fining, and otherwise treating finished beers, and a week or two after that she was running transfers and filtrations solo.” As 2016 began she was promoted to lead cellerperson where her short term her goal is to run the cellar efficiently. Eventually she would like to start brewing and developing brew recipes but she knows,“there is so much more knowledge to gain and this scholarship will help me immensely” in getting to that point.

University of California, Davis Extension Intensive Brewing Science for Practical Brewing course is a five day on-site course that offers an intensive introduction to the sciences of brewing, engineering and brewing practice. Attendees will learn the technological and biochemical aspects of the entire brewing process from world renowned instructors Drs. Charles Bamforth and Michael Lewis. Topics of the interactive lecture sessions cover all aspects of brewing from raw materials to fermentation to quality control and sensory evaluation.

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