Continuing Education & Scholarship Recipients

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Tiffany Davidson
Continuing Education Scholarships: One Year Membership to the Brewers Association

 

I am a two year Associate Member of Fermenta and a homebrewer for the last 5 years. Since joining Fermenta, I have been fortunate enough to win 2 (now 3) educational scholarships. These opportunities have helped me to realize my dream, to make a career change into craft brewing. I am starting my dream program with Central Michigan University this Fall and look forward to learning what the program has to offer. However, learning is not static. To become a better brewer and to succeed in the industry, it’s important to take every opportunity to learn. BA offers a great deal of support to students like me. I have already taken advantage of their free Safety Program online (12 webinars with tests). I cannot wait to learn even more!

 

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Donna Roberts
Continuing Education Scholarship: Cicerone Off Flavors Seminar

 

I’ve been drinking craft beer since I can’t remember when (I don’t think the beer had anything to do my memory loss though. Maybe I’m just in denial). Since Oberon was Solsun. Since no one was sure if that fledgling brewery in Marshall was going to make it (I’m glad they did, I love me some Fore Smoked Stout and some Crooked Tree. Not together though). Since Founders was a small brewery on the other side of the river. I’ve learned a lot about beer in that time. But I never knew WHY a beer tastes off – I just knew that sometimes good beers taste bad. As a former home brewer, I’ve inadvertently replicated some of these off flavors myself. Which is part of the reason I don’t homebrew anymore. That and the fact that I hate cleaning. Which may also be another reason for the off flavors. Whether or not I dust off the home-brew equipment in the near future, I’m very grateful for the knowledge Annette laid on me at the class. As an O.G. Detroit Draft Diva, I get the opportunity to “guest brew” a couple times a year a local breweries. I feel like I have a better grasp of what to avoid now.
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Moragh Goyette

I had my first taste of a real local craft beer back in 2003. A Red’s Rye. My taste buds were shocked and my brain couldn’t handle that something so delicious could be made here at home, a state where automotive industry was the only thing we ever did. The more local beer I had the more I wanted; more styles, more flavors, more education about the industry as a whole. I had a job as a Lab Technician at a local hospital at the time and it allowed me to afford going to every brewery in the state that I could on every available weekend. A Rat Fest here, and  a Wood Aged Barrel Fest there, 2, 5 and 10 year brewery anniversary parties, tap take overs, beer dinners and pairings, bottle releases and parking lot cookouts. And the people. Oh boy howdy, the people. Never have you met a group of folks from all different walks of life who are so damn passionate about this industry. So after nearly 8 years at the hospital, which was a very lucrative job but utterly soul crushing, I decided a life change was in order. First a job at a righteous liquor store, then onto Assistant Brewer at Ann Arbor’s Grizzly Peak, and since Dec 2014 I’ve been working in the cellar at Northern United Brewing Co. in Dexter. We proudly brew, package and warehouse North Peak Brewing beers and Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales. I’m excited to see what the future holds for the breweries in this state as well as the industry overall.

OR, if this is more of a Tindr style thing:

Avid cat lover, pie consumer, beer “snob” if you’re into labels.

Likes: graphic novels, horror movies, road trips to far away breweries, chickens.

Dislikes: walks on the beach (that’s how you get melanoma), country music, laugh tracks.

What’s Best In Life: To crush your enemies and see them driven before you, to produce high quality products with the goal of consistency from batch to batch, to enjoy hanging out with your work crew after the work is done.

Seeking: a life-long career in an industry I’m incredibly passionate about, with opportunities for continuing education and workplace advancement. Are you the one for me? Let’s get together for a pint and
find out!

 

Vanessa Tamez

 

Vanessa Tamez
Continuing Education Opportunity: Founders Sensory Evaluation Class
I manage Groovy Hopster Farm in Chelsea, MI and finished my M.S. in conservation in April 2016. I’m interested in organic and sustainable farm management, and our mission is to try to implement these concepts into our hop business. When I’m not farming hops or seeking out new craft beer to taste, I can be found spending time with my pet hedgehog, Pancake!

 

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Meaghan Douglas-Lyman
Continuing Education Opportunity: $200 text book award towards Schoolcraft College Brewing & Distillation Technologies program

 

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Stephanie Yates
Continuing Education Opportunity: $200 text book scholarship towards Schoolcraft College Brewing & Distillation Technologies program

My real introduction to good beer came in 2005 during a month long study abroad in the Czech Republic where a pint of Pilsner Urquell cost less than a glass of water (so you can imagine how that semester went).  I spent the remainder of my years at Western Michigan University alternately educating myself in creative writing & Japanese (my majors) and the procurement and consumption of every craft beer I could get my hands on.

Meanwhile, at home, my (newly enlightened) father had also switched from his trusty Molson XXX to a handful of Michigan craft beers, and together we set out on a journey to hit every Michigan craft brewery (I’m currently at 144!) before deciding about 3 years ago to foray into home brewing as well (maybe not your typical daddy/daughter bonding activity)!  I joined Fermenta early this year and also enrolled in Schoolcraft’s brewing & distillation technology program last winter in hopes to connect with other craft beer aficionados, expand my knowledge of the industry as a whole beyond just brewing, and hopefully find a niche for myself within it.

When I’m not brewing, I’m currently working as a materials/supply chain manager at RCO Engineering. In my free time I like to throw barbells around, cook fancy food (go figure – recipe design is my favorite part of brewing!), and travel literally anywhere I can drum up an excuse to go.

 

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Annie Zipser 
Continuing Education Opportunity: BJCP Mead Exam

My introduction to craft beer came in 2003 when a friend decided that my husband needed to learn to homebrew.  Over the years I assisted in the process and helped with the decisions of what to brew.  I joined the Ann Arbor Brewers Guild and the Detroit Draft Divas and got to brew my first beer (as opposed to being an assistant brewer) for Rat Fest.

I was introduced to mead at a Brewers Guild meeting and was hooked!  I have been making mead for about three years now.  I started working at Adventures in Homebrewing about 1 ½ years ago and am the resident “mead person” for the Ann Arbor store.  I joined Fermenta about the same time that I started working at the store.  I joined because I really like the opportunities to network that Fermenta affords me.  I am also on the events committee and am enjoying being involved in that capacity.

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Debbie Leggett 
Craft beverage is a huge part of my life; for fun and as a profession, at Schramm’s Mead in Ferndale and Hopcat Detroit.  I love to cook and entertain guests at my home and design parings for beer and mead. In 2015 I became a BJCP Mead judge and have judged in the 2015 Michigan Mead Cup and the 1st round of the 2016 American Homebrew Competition.  I joined Fermenta at the kickoff meeting in August 2014 and enjoy the educational opportunities and friendships I have made in the group.  I am currently a graduate student at Wayne State University in Detroit studying linguistics; with a focus on sociolinguistics, dialectology, and power relationships in language communities.
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Tracy Broomfield

Continuing Education Opportunity: Schoolcraft College Wine 101

I first started appreciating craft beer by meeting my boyfriend after work for a pint at a local brewery after a busy day doing what I do best – teaching high school students! Meeting and speaking with the head brewer sparked our interest in craft beer, so we started attending tastings at various venues. Over the course of a year, I observed my boyfriend homebrewing and decided I’d like to give it a try. That was six years ago, and I’ve been an avid homebrewer ever since!

I became a certified beer judge in 2013 and have judged at many homebrewing competitions. I’ve attended the last four National Homebrewer’s Conferences in Seattle, Philadelphia, Grand Rapids, and San Diego. In the summer of 2015, I was elected to the office of President of my homebrew club, C.R.A.F.T., based out of Clinton Township, MI. and have been happily presiding over the club since then. I joined Fermenta to further my knowledge about brewing through Fermenta’s events. In my free time I enjoy reading, comic books, writing, traveling, and sampling all of the delicious beer that the world has to offer.

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Tiffany Davidson

Continuing Education Opportunity: Beer Camp– Beer Camp takes participants through the process of brewing a small batch of American Pale Ale educating on the basics of beer brewing.

I am fairly new to home brewing, having only began a few years ago when I received a Mr. Beer kit from my lovely fiancee. I am hoping to continue educating myself and gaining experience in brewing, so that I can seek a Certificate of Fermentation Science here at CMU. I would love to work in the industry and help produce well-crafted beers and ciders for my friends, family, and the larger craft beer community. When I am not brewing, I work as an Administrative Secretary at Central Michigan University and volunteer as an assistant martial arts instructor.

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Erica Brewis

Continuing Education Opportunity: BeerSavvy Online– BeerSavvy® is an interactive eLearning program covering key content for the Certified Beer Server exam

I discovered craft beer while studying English Literature at U of M in Ann Arbor, where my favorite study groups met over pints at Ashley’s. I now call Detroit home, and work at 8 Degrees Plato Beer Company, a craft beer retail store with 16 beers on tap. I am also a freelance writer in the beer world, with regular columns for MittenBrew and Detroit Beer Press. I joined Fermenta to build relationships with women in the industry, to learn from their expertise, and to take part in new experiences through the group’s events. In my free time, you can find me rock climbing, running, or otherwise enjoying great beer in Michigan’s great outdoors.

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Emily Bennett

Continuing Education Opportunity: Zingerman’s Sensational Scotch Seminar

All things fermented are happiness to me—not just because of that good beer buzz early in the morning. History, companionship, artistic flavor, craftsman (and woman) ship, as well as sights, colors, tastes and smells are all brought together in the craft fermenting industries. They provide an intellectual framework for my many travel adventures and interaction with the most creative people I’ve ever met. How many hobbies can say that? When it is inappropriate to sit an sip an adult beverage, you will find me dabbling in podcasting, writing, skydiving, and sewing. Maybe I too will someday cut away from my day profession in the healthcare field and dive head first into a column still or fermentation tank. Until then, Cheers!
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Heather O’Brien

Continuing Education Opportunity: Beer Camp– Beer Camp takes participants through the process of brewing a small batch of American Pale Ale educating on the basics of beer brewing.

Beer has always been a favorite of mine. My brother in law is a chef and introduced me to the wonders of craft brewing at the brewpub where is head chef. I was fascinated by the differences in their beer selections. So, I am now going to study to become a Cicerone and learn how to brew well!
I work at High Voltage Cycle currently, part time as a motorcycle mechanic, and I am also a freelance writer/editor. I AM looking to get into the industry as soon as something becomes available that fits. I have found it really is a passion!