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Cicerone BeerSavvy® Scholarship Recipient Announced
Scholarship Recipients

The Pink Boots Society is proud to announce that Melissa Hoffmann of Lost Rhino Brewing 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 Melissa to receive this scholarship because “having just made the leap to the brewing industry she is a great fit for the course.” In addition, she “has great enthusiasm for learning as much as possible.

Melissa joined Lost Rhino earlier this year, making a career change from the degree she earned in biology and work at a large bio pharmaceutical company. She says, “I’ve tried my best to absorb all of the knowledge possible from those around me, and with that positive push for learning, I’ve found myself having become a jack of all trades for the company. While my prime position is in the brew house, you can also find me tending bar, giving tours, and working off site events. While honored to have been trusted with many hats, there is certainly more education needed on my part, and I see the Cicerone Level One certification as my next step in my continued education in the beer industry.”

On her decision to the brewing industry she admits, “I’m no spring chicken. I took a leap of faith changing careers.” As one can imagine she sometimes questions that decision. When those doubts pop up she says, “That’s when I pull up the Pink Boots Society website or my chapter’s Facebook page and I see there are other women out there just like me. Trying their best to find a meaningful career that is rewarding. Trying to break the bearded man stereotype. The Pink Boots Society has given me the motivation to continue this journey. With the receipt of this scholarship, I hope other women will be motivated just like I have. It’s never too late to make a change. Regardless of age and experience you’re never done learning.”

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, Melissa will receive a pair of pink steel-toe rubber boots when she fulfills the Pay It Forward requirement associated with the scholarship.