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OSU’s Craft Brewery Startup Workshop Scholarship Recipient Announced

The Pink Boots Society is proud to announce the recipient of the final scholarship of 2014, Oregon State University’s Craft Brewery Startup Workshop. Vera Dekard is the owner of the San Antonio Brewing Company (SA-BC) in TX.

The PBS Scholarship Selection Committee (SSC) is made up of five very experienced women beer professionals who hold positions as brewers, educators and writers. The committee chose Vera to receive this scholarship due to a clear vision of her brewing dreams and aspirations. They said that they, “hope to sit in her future brewpub one day and enjoy her culinary-inspired, sudsy creations.”

Vera was born and raised in Germany and apprenticed at her family’s Bavarian restaurant before moving to the U.S. in her 20’s. Since then she has immersed herself in the culinary scene, developed a palate for both beer and wine and found the hobby – homebrewing – she started during her husband’s long deployments quickly ramping up.

Vera’s beers have been debuting at two San Antonio restaurants for the past year and while she is confident in them she knows there is more to having a successful brewery than just making good beer. She has been mentored by other San Antonio brewers and is serving as the VP of the San Antonio Cerveceros Brew Club, both great learning opportunities, and is looking forward to applying the additional knowledge she’ll acquire during the workshop to her business plan.

The workshop will take place in two parts: the first two weeks will be delivered online, followed by four days on-site at Widmer Brothers Brewing in Portland, Ore. The focus will be on developing a working and feasible craft brewery business plan, best practices and marketing strategies for a small business and acquiring capital and infrastructure including how to source ingredients and beer brewing equipment. Participants will research brewery trends and gain entrepreneurial insights on business and management from successful brewery owners.

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