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Barth-Haas Yakima Hops Academy Scholarship Recipient Announced

The Pink Boots Society is proud to announce that Heather Holland of Maine is the recipient of the Barth-Haas Yakima Hop Academy 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 Heather to receive this scholarship because as a hop farmer they feel the academy would help “to further her business and increase the hop concentration in her community.” In addition, “Her passion for agriculture and enthusiasm for the craft make her the ideal candidate.”

Heather attended an agricultural high school, holds a degree in horticulture and with her husband currently runs a small company that manufactures brewing equipment. They also own a working farm whose hop yard will undergo its first phase of planting next spring. Of the farm she says, “Our focus will be to utilize as many farm grown ingredients as well as educating our customers that beer is an agricultural product.”

Living on the east coast, where hop farms operate on a much smaller scale, Heather is excited about experiencing the hop harvest from one of the leading hop suppliers. In reviewing the the agenda for the two-day academy she found it to be “packed full of information and tours that do not compare to what I can attend here.” The opportunities for learning in the classroom as well as the field experience she feels will be invaluable to her career.

Barth-Haas Yakima Hops Academy is a two-day onsite course in Yakima, WA consisting of presentations by hop and brewing experts that will cover topics including new trends in hop breeding, hop chemistry, hop quality and brewing techniques. Guest speakers include top researchers and growers from around the world speaking on new hop varieties, products, usage and analytical and sensory evaluation techniques to gauge hop and beer quality. The course also includes tours of the Haas hop farm and production facility, where attendees will experience the hop fields and witness all components of hop production from whole hops to CO2 extract, as well as a guided tour of Haas Innovations Research Brewery.

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