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Jun
19
Kris McDowell
YCH HOPS Hop and Brew School ® Scholarship Recipients Announced
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The Pink Boots Society is excited to announce and introduce the three ladies that have been selected by the PBS Scholarship Selection Committee (SSC) to receive a scholarship to the 2018 YCH HOPS Hop and Brew School ®. Hailing from Florida, Texas and Kansas, these three women are in various stages of their brewing careers.

Morgan Banning represents the early career brewer of the group, a homebrewer who is in the process of working through the University of South Florida, St. Petersburg Brewing Arts program. After a few years of homebrewing she made the decision to set aside her Master’s degree in early childhood education saying, “I moved away from education with the dream of professional brewing for two reasons, I love brewing and I love that the nature of brewing is constantly evolving.”

Making her way through the Brewing Arts program has included completing an internship with Green Bench Brewery where they wasted no time immersing her in the daily work. Morgan says, “I was given a tour of the facility and immediately set to work. Each day at the brewery brought new challenges and with it new discoveries.” She has also completed the hops-focused component of the program but feels this is an area where she has a weaker understanding and is looking forward to instruction from global award winning brewers this course will provide.

Also hailing from the education world is Libby Brennan, who the PBS SSC noted, “demonstrates an evolving role in the beer industry and would use this course to build upon her own knowledge and spread it to others.”

Two years ago Libby took her first job in the industry, working at St. Elmo Brewing Company as a manager and event planner and has since gone on to brew two beers there. She is looking forward to the knowledge she will gain personally from being physically immersed in “a mecca of hop production” to help her complete her Cicerone certification and also sharing that knowledge. “As a manager with a staff who has a literal thirst for beer knowledge, I would be able to integrate the lessons of the course into our monthly trainings,” she says.

Briana Burrows, assistant brewer at The Big Rip Brewing Company, represents the most experienced brewing professional of these women. She started there as a once-a-week bartender in November of 2016 in what she says, “was the first step in changing my life forever, and for the better.”

A year later the assistant brewer quit unexpectedly and Briana took the initiative to further her career, expressing interest in helping out on the brew house floor. The owners decided to start training her and after being a part-time trainee for a month she officially became the assistant brewer. Knowing there is much to learn as she continues her career, she is looking forward to the hops and brewing knowledge this course will provide which she says, “will, in turn, help me present new ideas to the brewery. Learning more about beer and brewing on a regular basis is very important to me as a brewer and I believe taking this course will show the owners of the brewery that I’m serious about brewing, recipe formation, and also willing to help push our brewery into the future.”

YCH HOPS Hop and Brew School ® is a two-day onsite course in Yakima, WA that will cover topics including new trends in hop breeding, hop chemistry and brewing techniques. Guest speakers include award-winning brewers from across the United States speaking on hop usage, recipe formulation and brewing methods. Local hop farmers will also be in attendance to address the numerous growing aspects of hops from yields and aroma characteristics to new, up and coming proprietary varieties. The course includes a ranch tour, where attendees will experience the hop fields and witness hop picking, drying and baling, as well as a guided tour of YCH headquarters, where they will observe the receiving and warehousing of the hops.

Gasseling Ranches, a fourth generation hip farm in Wapato, WA is sponsoring one of the scholarship and has been operating for over 100 years. They produce many varieties for YCH including Mosaic, Simcoe, and Citra, and are fully committed to being a sustainably operated farm with the Green ChiefⓇ certification.

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

Jan
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Anne Sprecher
New This Year: Special Pink Boots Brew Hops Blend!
Women In Beer
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We are so excited about Pink Boots Brew this year! Thanks to the generous folks at YCH Hops, we have an amazing and unique blend of hops chosen by our members for this year’s Pink Boots Brew (formerly Big Boots Brew).  Read the YCH Hops blog for the background story AND learn what hops the blend contains. At the end there’s a link to order hops for your brew this year. Make sure to order your hop blend by February 1st!

PINK BOOTS BLEND RELEASED

by Cait Schut / Communications and Outreach Manager 
December 20, 2017 / News & Events


YCH HOPS and the Pink Boots Society, a global nonprofit organization supporting women in the brewing profession, are thrilled to announce the release of an exclusive hop blend to celebrate women in the beer and brewing industry. This proprietary hop blend officially named Pink Boots Blend will be available to commercial brewers and a portion of the proceeds will benefit the Pink Boots Society scholarship funds.

The idea to collaborate on a hop pellet blend stemmed from a casual conversation between YCH HOPS CEO Mike Goettl and Regional Sales Manager Kelly Lohrmeyer while walking through the hop fields during the annual Hop & Brew School event. They both spoke of their shared passion to encourage and support female brewing professionals. What started as a casual conversation quickly led to a partnership with The Pink Boots Society (PBS).

“Organizations like Pink Boots Society have been close to my heart being a woman in the beer industry,” says Kelly Lohrmeyer, YCH HOPS Regional Sales Manager for the Pacific. “I’ve grown close with President Laura Ulrich since moving to California, so when Mike suggested we look at working with PBS on a blend, I knew that Laura’s team could help make this a reality. I am very excited to see where this blend goes in the beer community and in accelerating collaboration across the globe with women and beer!”

During the 2017 Great American Beer Festival in Denver, YCH HOPS staff and PBS members met to rub, smell and experience a selection of hop samples for the upcoming blend. This year’s blend includes Palisade®Simcoe®Mosaic®Citra® and Loral®.

“During the meeting and hop rub at the Great American Beer Festival, one goal that stood out amongst all of us was that we wanted a multi-purpose hop,” says Laura Ulrich, President of Pink Boots Society. “Ideally our choice of blend could be used for bittering, aroma, and during dry-hop. A brewer can use this hop through the brew, or just in a single charge. The blend character itself is fruity but not overly tropical, with more dominant citrus and herbal notes. The small addition of Simcoe® gives the blend just a hint of old school, while others like Loral®, Citra®, and Palisade® will help drive the fruit flavors forward. And really, who doesn’t love Mosaic®, so we added at touch of her too.”

The hope is that a new blend will be chosen during the harvest season by members of Pink Boots Society and processed into traditional T90 pellets at YCH HOPS production facilities. The hop blend will be released to commercial brewers prior to International Women’s Day on March 8th and are encouraged to create their own celebratory brews. The blend will be sold by YCH HOPS with limited availability, and a portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Pink Boots Society Scholarship funds.

Pink Boots Society Scholarship funds help to allow women in the industry attend educational seminars, classes, certifications and tours. Using the scholarship program, PBS aims to empower women beer professionals to advance their careers through education. Scholarship opportunities are open to women anywhere in the world who are actively employed in the beer industry.

The annual Pink Boots Blend is YCH HOPS’ latest commitment to embracing and furthering diversity in the industry. They are proud to support women from across many facets and functions of the brewing industry. The YCH HOPS family also includes a female hop grower/owner and three women that sit in senior leadership positions, including two in the C-suite.

Click here to download a copy of the Pink Boots Blend Order Form.

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