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2020 Craft Brewers Conference Scholarship Recipients Announced
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The Pink Boots Society in conjunction with the Brewers Association is proud to announce the four recipients of the 2020 Craft Brewers Conference® scholarship. Each lady was chosen by a selection committee of experienced women beer professionals, from brewers to educators and positions in between.  

Christine Bump of Big Elm Brewing Company was selected because being both the co-owner and head brewer means her position encompasses many different aspects. As someone who has attended a Craft Brewers Conference in the past, our committee believed she would be able to take advantage of the wide amount of range of educational topics offered at the CBC. With Christine’s position at Big Elm and being an active member in her local Pink Boots Chapter, Christine will have the opportunity to share what she has learned with a wide range of people in many different positions. 

Christine joined the brewing industry in 2001 on a 3.5 barrel brewhouse and has worked for several different breweries and brew houses of different sizes. When she worked at Victory Brewing Company Christine ran the manual 25 barrel brewhouse and helped install and optimize a 50 barrel automated system. Christine took this knowledge and co-opened a brewpub in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. After several years the call of a production brewhouse was one Christine needed to answer and in 2010 Big Elm in Sheffield, Massachusetts was born. 

Katey McNulty is the sensory specialist for Carlton and United Breweries in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. As an international member, the selection committee believed she will benefit from this opportunity both by actively attending CBC, and also getting the chance to experience American beer styles in their home territory. Katey’s background in the technical and analytical side of brewing will allow her to take a full on approach to the subjects being discussed at CBC. 

At the age of three Katey had her first experience with the brewing industry. Her grandfather was a homebrewer and on bottling day she was tasked with being the brewer assistant and adding a teaspoon of sugar to each bottle of beer. Katey went on to receive her Bachelors of Science in Viticulture and Oenology (the study of wine and wine making). After working in a vineyard Katey eventually found her way back to beer. Katey believes, “Being able to attend the beer styles track at the Craft Brewers Conference 2020 would help me to differentiate the distinct beer styles The Brewers Association recognizes in their Beer Style Guidelines and will help me to be a more knowledgeable trainer in the field of sensory science and taste training.” This will get Katey closer to her goal of being a Master Cicerone and being a beer judge at world beer cup. 

Tara Pattison of Farmers Brewing was selected for the 2020 Craft Brewers Conference due to her dedication to learn. Tara has traveled extensively to cultivate her knowledge of fermentation and CBC will be another place on the map to add to her bank of knowledge. 

Tara Began her journey with brewing in 2013 as a home brewer and member of the Heriot-Watt brewing society and a member of the University of California Davis’s food science brewing club. Tara traveled to Germany as one of 75 young professionals to take advantage of a year long diplomatic cultural exchange, sponsored by Congress and Bunderstag. This opportunity included two internships where Tara rotated through every aspect of brewing, from milling to packaging. Tara is excited to take home what is learned and share it with colleagues and Pink Boots members alike. Tara plans on taking the quality track which will help grow the quality department at her brewery.  

Ann Reilly of the New York City Brewers Guild was selected due to her recent leadership roll which will keep pushing the industry forward. Ann with be able to take advantage of both of the educational seminars but also have a clear focus on networking with other attendees and be able to see how such a large scale event is put on.  Ann outlined a clear map of what she plans to take away and bring back to the Brewers Guild, her Pink Boots chapter and community.

Ann has been moving around the New York beer scene for several years from working beer festivals to creating beer related events all over the spectrum from home brew competitions label art exhibitions. Ann helped to relaunch and revitalize the local New York City Pink Boots chapter. Ann created a network for the women in beer in her community, “They provide truly ‘safe space’ forums where women in beer are able to speak openly. Places where inquiries can be made without judgment. Education can be offered, gained and expounded upon.”

The Craft Brewers Conference® is the number one environment in North America for concentrated, affordable brewing education and idea sharing to improve brewery quality and performance. Attendees can choose from twelve educational tracks; beer styles, brewing operations, business export, government affairs, hospitality, ingredients and supplies, marketing & social media, planning, quality, safety, Sales & distribution, sustainability, and thought leadership. These are led  by the top minds in the beer and business world. 

In addition to attending Craft Brewers Conference® these four women will each receive a pair of pink steel toe rubber boots when the Pay it Forward requirement associated with the scholarship is fulfilled.