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Apr
23
Lydia Moranski
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The Pink Boots Society is excited to announce Rebecca Carpenter of Turtle Swamp Brewing as the latest recipient of the Road to Cicerone® Course Scholarship.  Rebecca was selected by the Pink Boots scholarship committee, composed of women in different parts of the industry. Rebecca has already passed the Cicerone level 1: certified Beer Server, This showed the committee her drive and ability to self motivate, which are important traits when working with online courses. 

Rebecca has been with Turtle swamp for about a year and a half, in this time she was promoted from beertender to tap room manager. With the promotion Rebecca went from being the person given the descriptions; to being the person who helps write them with the brewers. She had the self awareness to be able to reflect on herself that this was an area of her position she strives to be better at, and this course will do just that. 

In Rebecca’s position she helps portray the vision of the brewers to the beer lovers who enter the taproom. This means she often works with the brewers on tastings, collecting knowledge about their releases for the taproom staff and patrons alike.  This year she even worked with them on a pink boots collaboration day brew! 

The Road to Cicerone® course  is a collection of beer styles and processes, which will help the reader prepare for the Certified Cicerone® exam. The course is a mixture of books and quizzes. The course books will teach and lend insight into reasons and processes. For example, the brewing process of the course book will help Rebecca to better understand the brewing process and how the brewers came to their decisions. The keeping and serving beer course will help with the front of house, ensuring nothing is being improperly handled between the brewery and the taproom.

Dec
22
Lydia Moranski
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The Pink Boots Society is proud to announce that the recipient of the 2019 Road to Cicerone® Courses Educational Series scholarship is Ashley Johnson of Local Beer Works in Reno, NV. 

Ashley was chosen for this scholarship because she showed her drive by acquiring the Cicerone® level one, Certified Beer Server. Ashley plans to use the knowledge from completing level two certified Ciceron exam to educate herself, her staff, her Pink Boots Chapter, women in her beer Facebook group, as well as use her blog to get the information out to the masses. As the founder of Local Beer Works being a certified Cicerone® will add to her credibility regarding beer in the community and will help with many aspects of running local beer works, from staff training to social media.

Ashley moved into the beer industry in 2017 and has worked her way through the many jobs within a brewery from cleaning tanks to bartending. This pushed her to go out on her own and open Local Beer Works. Ashley loves beer, “due to the large range and variety of styles, there is something for everyone to enjoy. From lambics and sours to triple IPAs and barrel-aged stouts the tastes and flavors of beer are endless. Brewmasters around the world are artists that work tirelessly to master classic styles while also pushing the boundaries and developing new ones.” 

The Road to Cicerone® Courses Educational Series is an annual scholarship offering from the Pink Boots Society and includes a suite of study books and exams. The course books will enhance the student’s knowledge of brewing techniques, raw ingredients, how to properly keep and store beer, beer styles of specific regions and the language to clearly discuss beer. Each self-paced course book should take 12 hours to complete and includes a specialist exam to validate the knowledge learned, assisting the student on her journey to Master Cicerone®. The specialist exam will enhance Certified Beer Server credentials or may be used to take unlimited chances to quiz oneself for the Certified Cicerone®, Advanced Cicerone® or Master Cicerone® exams. 

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

Nov
21
Kris McDowell
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The Pink Boots Society is proud to announce that the Boston Chapter recipient of the 2019 Road to Cicerone® Courses Educational Series scholarship is Emily Beaulieu of Lamplighter Brewing Co. in Cambridge. 

Emily is a woman of many hats at Lamplighter Brewing, including Bartender, Staff Trainer, Online Retail Operations Manager and Bottle Society Coordinator. Her role encompasses many aspects of social media, coordination of launch events with the marketing and operation teams, and general membership management.  Emily plans to share the knowledge she learns through the Road to Cicerone® Courses, with not only the people within her brewery but also the Boston Pink Boots Chapter and her Cicerone study group.

After graduating from Boston University with a masters in counseling, Emily worked as a guidance counselor for two years but found herself feeling jaded. To regain her footing she took a position with a small, outdoor Maine brewery for the summer. She described it as “a fast-paced learn-on-the-job kind of deal,” which left her hungering to learn more about the industry.  “I started to lose sight of full-time counseling and began thinking seriously about pursuing a job in the industry and eventually made the fateful decision to move back home to follow this hunger. I applied to work at a new brewery and over a year later, I am infinitely grateful to be a part of this community.”

The Road to Cicerone® Courses Educational Series is an annual scholarship offering for the Pink Boots Society and includes a suite of study books and exams. The coursebooks will enhance the student’s knowledge of brewing techniques, raw ingredients, how to properly keep and store beer, beer styles of specific regions, and the language to clearly discuss beer. Each self-paced coursebook should take 12 hours to complete and includes a specialist exam to validate the knowledge learned, assisting the student on her journey to Master Cicerone®. The specialist exam will enhance Certified Beer Server credentials by earning a course pin when the student passes or may be used to take unlimited chances to quiz oneself for the Certified Cicerone®, Advanced Cicerone®, or Master Cicerone® exams. 

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

 

May
13
Kris McDowell
Road to Cicerone® Courses Educational Series Scholarship Recipients Announced
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The Pink Boots Society is proud to announce the two recipients of the 2019 Road to Cicerone® Courses Educational Series scholarship. Each was chosen by a selection committee of experienced women beer professionals who hold positions as brewers, educators and writers.

Cherokee Robbins of Alvarium Beer Co. in New Britain, CT is the national recipient and was selected to receive this scholarship by the committee because, “she depicts great knowledge already about craft beer and displays a yearning for more, aspiring to use this scholarship in order to advance her career. The foundation is there and she definitely sounds ready to move forward with an industry recognized qualification.”

Cherokee’s passion for craft beer started six years ago when she transitioned from the restaurant industry to working as a bartender. One of the first things that struck her was, “the intricacies when it comes to hand-producing craft beer.” Inspired by what she was learning she made time outside of her job to educate herself on various brands and styles so she could hold well-informed conversations with patrons. Her drive and interest was recognized by management and she was promoted to beer bar manager where she not only sought out different styles and rare beers to add to their line up but made it a point to educate the waitstaff and bartenders about the products.

Last October she continued her path into the brewing industry by taking a Sales Representative position with Alvarium where she is a brand ambassador and seller of their products to consumers and retailers. She is looking forward to gaining, “a better comprehension and thorough background about the brewing business itself, in addition to the assembly of these products we create for our consumers” from the content of the courses and further sharing what she has learned with the Connecticut chapter.  

Emma Arnold of Lamplighter Brewing Co. in Cambridge is the Boston Chapter recipient and was selected to receive this scholarship due in part to the fact that “she had already been studying for the Cicerone® exam and has formed a study group at her brewery to help further education for others” as well as her participation with the chapter despite being a new member.

Emma is the Director of Marketing at Lamplighter Brewing, about which she says, “I am surrounded by talented women working in a range of positions: taproom staff, production staff, sales, and management. I was encouraged by my supervisor to join Pink Boots in October 2018, and since then have been an active member.” That supportive environment has facilitated the formation of a study group for Emma and five co-workers to collaborate, share resources and stay focused as they each prepare for the Certified Cicerone® exam this fall.

Before taking the position at Lamplighter Emma, who previously worked in the green building industry, had limited knowledge of the brewing industry. She started adding to it when she took a part-time bar back job, further expanded it when she moved into a full time bartender position and is eager to continue learning, particularly when it comes to brewing process, ingredients, beer styles and history. About her current role she says she, “guides production planning, writes beer descriptions and tasting notes, and leads on content creation for social media and product promotion. The Cicerone® syllabus is a great framework for me to continue to self-educate. As I move into higher-level marketing and brand guidance, I aim to challenge myself to be even more of a beer expert. Continued study and research is integral to this goal.”

The Road to Cicerone® Courses Educational Series is a new scholarship offering for the Pink Boots Society and includes a suite of study books and exams. The coursebooks will enhance the student’s knowledge of brewing techniques, raw ingredients, how to properly keep and store beer, beer styles of specific regions, and the language to clearly discuss beer. Each self-paced coursebook should take 12 hours to complete and includes a specialist exam to validate the knowledge learned, assisting the student on her journey to Master Cicerone®. The specialist exam will enhance Certified Beer Server credentials by earning a course pin when the student passes or may be used to take unlimited times to quiz oneself for the Certified Cicerone®, Advanced Cicerone®, or Master Cicerone® exams.