2020 Michigan Brewers Guild Winter Conference 

Ashley Gould 

As a West Michigan native and craft beer aficionado, I've been in Hospitality for a decade before joining Cedar Springs Brewing Company four years ago. I work front of the house and also coordinate our events and festivals for the CSBrew team. I have started studying for my Cicerone® and will begin a part time sales position in 2020, so the timing is perfect for attending Winter Conference. Thank you, Fermenta!

Kasey Bunio

Shortly after moving back from Alaska I took a leap into this industry by attending Schoolcraft College to pursue their Brewing and Distillery Program. This program is allowing me to learn the brewing process along with the different beer styles. Not only have I been able to pursue some opportunities leading into a career in this industry, I have also gained skills needed to become successful. I hope to use the skills and the knowledge that I learn to brew good gluten free beer and expand the variety of beer for those interested in the gluten free world. I want to thank Fermenta for this great opportunity that allows me to take another step closer to achieving my goals and career. I will make the best of this opportunity that is given to me by gaining even more knowledge in the industry, along with an experience that I will never forget.

2019 Beer Savvy Boot Camp

Kelly Williams

I’m a craft beer enthusiast hoping to learn more about beer and the industry. Currently, I’m working in healthcare, but would like to explore a career brewing. I’m planning a road trip to The Great American Beer Festival in Denver in October. I want to give a big thanks to Fermenta for giving me this opportunity!

Rickelle Juszkiewicz

$200 Text Book Scholarship

I am currently a full time student at School Craft College for the brewing and distilling program. My goal is to find a job in the industry after the program, I am open to any opportunities  that come my way but I would love to get an assistant brewer position. I have always loved craft beer and the Michigan beer scene, I fell more in love with beer and brewing after moving to Ypsilanti for my undergraduate degree. Discovering new breweries and beer’s became my hobby during undergrad and now I want to make it a career.

Chelsea Van Assche

Michigan Brewers Guild Winter Beer Conference 

I am currently the Beverage Manager at M-Brew in Ferndale. I am a student of Brewing and Distillation at Schoolcraft in Livonia.  My goals are to become a Ceritifed Cicerone and to continue making new friends in the beer industry. 

Claira Sudduth

Michigan Brewers Guild Winter Beer Conference

I am currently work at Cultivate Coffee & Tap house as their in house draft tech and beer menu manager. I am also currently enrolled in the Brewing and Distillation program at Schoolcraft College. I want to share my love of beer with everyone, and hope to become a brewer.

Molly Hough

College Text Book Scholarships 

I have always been a self proclaimed beer snob, getting my start at 21 working service at bar with a huge beer selection. From there I have bounced around to a few breweries where my love and appreciation of craft beers turned into genuine interest about not only brewing but the industry as a whole. I finally landed at Witch's Hat where I am fortunate enough to get to work service, bottling and as a sales rep with the hopes of gaining a better understanding of all aspects of the industry. Although I have assisted with both home and commercial brewing, I'm not 100% sure being a brewer is for me. I started the brewing and distillation program at Schoolcraft with the goal that it will guide me in the right direction career wise and to learn more about what I love.

Hannah Williamson

Schoolcraft College Brewing & Distillation Class

My name is Hannah Williamson and I'm currently a bar tender at 734 Brewing Company in Ypsilanti (come say hi!). I discovered craft beer through my partner who generously shared his excitement of good beer and home brewing with me. After getting my job at the brewery, I was encouraged to start my path towards becoming a Cicerone and am currently studying for the exam. 734 is a great place that encourages my education and part of their mission is to train all the bartenders to run their own brewery someday. Between the Cicerone program, my job, my family, and now Fermenta and Schoolcraft college, I am endlessly excited and grateful for all the opportunities and support to find my place in the industry. My goals are to become a head brewer, a certified Cicerone, and a beer judge. I hope to create opportunity for others in the industry and the community in which I live as I continue to learn. 

In my spare time I run a knitting group and enjoy knitting, spinning, and dyeing yarn and fiber. I love sci-fi, cats, spicy food, and anything with strawberries.


Great Lakes Hop & Barley Conference

I am a distiller owner-operator of The Kalamazoo Stillhouse in Kalamazoo, MI along with my husband.  The science of distilling has been ingrained in my life since 2012 when I visited my father in law where he was distilling in the Pacific Northwest.  So I left neuroscience and have been digging in to distilling ever since, building our business right here in our hometown where beer sure has a name and distilling may be next.  This scholarship opportunity will further my understanding of the role of malted barley in the fermenting and distilling process and allow opportunities for growth and development within my company through the malt track of this year's Hops and Barley Conference. Great big thanks to the scholarship committee for this good fortune!

Alexis Jorgensen

Great Lakes Hop & Barley Conference

My name is Alexis Jorgensen and I am the head brewer of Wolverine State Brewing in Ann Arbor Mi! Before brewing for Wolverine State Brewing Company, I brewed at Witch’s Hat Brewing Company in South Lyon, Stone Brewing in San Diego, CA, and Begyle Brewing in Chicago. I am excited to be part of the growing beer industry in Michigan!

Beth Regan-Tyrell
Beer Savvy

This year has been a pretty life changing one for me thus far. I am not only jumping back into the workforce after being a stay at home mom for several years, but I also started my own distribution company, Oath Distributing. After seeing the need for smaller distribution outfits to accommodate the smaller breweries who were getting lost in the huge books of the large distributors (or not getting picked up at all), I began the taking steps last summer to become a fully licensed distributor of beer, mead, wine and cider in the state of Michigan. Six months
after beginning the process I had license in hand and we are off to a wonderful start with some fantastic brands. 

My spouse has been in the craft beer business for over 15 years, having worked for distributors as well as suppliers, and I’ve been there all along helping with events, festivals and dinners and getting to meet many amazing people in the industry as well as some spectacular homebrewers. Beyond that, I had several years under my belt working as bar staff and wait staff for a few different breweries and bars, which at the time I loved. While my company is new this year, I am not new to the craft beer industry and am so excited to have an opportunity to keep expanding my knowledge. 

Besides Oath, my life is forever busy with my 3 children and 2 geriatric dogs. Because of the circus I live in, my down time is best spent doing calming activities and my favorites are sewing, yoga, reading, gardening and of course, enjoying a beer with friends &/or family (which admittedly isn’t that calm).

Julea Shank
Beer Savvy
I have been in the beer indstury for two and a half years as a server/bartender for Texas Corners brewing co. My passion took off when I enrolled in the Sustainable Brewing Program at Kalamazoo Valley Community College. If I am not taking photos of craft beer in nature, then I am at home brewing beer or reading about beer. My goal is to become an educational influence for women in the great industry of beer.

Angie Williams
American Society of Brewing Chemists Membership
I am a teacher-turned-lawyer-turned-brewer, & I am currently the brewer at Fenton Winery and Brewery.  I always strive to learn, & I wouldn't be here if it weren't for the wonderful people who helped teach me what I know & made me recognize what I don't know.

Dannielle Vierzen
American Society of Brewing Chemists Membership
My name is Dannielle and I am owner operator at Mushroom Head Malt co. I have been farming for tens years. I grew up wanting to be a scientist, but life said no at the time. Brewing science has become my redemption and I look forward to continuing my studies.

Pam Stigall
My Name is Pam Stigall. I am currently the beverage manager at Rochester Tap Room in Rochester Hills. I am a career front of house employee with about 30 years in the business! I have been seriously into craft beer for about 10 years now, starting with my time as a bartender at Fort Street Brewery in Lincoln Park. Prior to my current position, I spent nearly 4 years behind the bar at Ale Mary's in Royal Oak where I had the opportunity to spend every day with some of the most knowledgeable beer people around. I am thrilled to now have the opportunity to have my own program at the Tap Room. I am excited to continue my education with the scholarship granted to me for the Foam course. Education is so important to make us just a little better each day!  

Natalie Carbary
Continuing Education Scholarship: Michigan Brewers Guild Winter Conference 

Amy McClung
Continuing Education Scholarship: Michigan Brewers Guild Winter Conference 

A nature enthusiast, artist, mother, wife, writer, home brewer, and adventurous soul. It would make my day to have good people, good beer, a campfire and music set the scene. Loving this life- what’s your super power?


Dannielle Vierzen

Continuing Education Scholarship: BeerSavvy Bootcamp 

I have been conventional farming for 7 years and not loving everything about the farming industry. So after 3 years of planning we are auctioning off most of the farm equipment and diving head first into the construction of our malt house. I am thrilled to be part of the craft brew movement and Fermenta.  When I am not farming (never) I enjoy painting, gangster rap, drinking brews, and  date nights…. did I already say farming?



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!



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.


Moragh Goyette

Conference Scholarship: Michigan Brewers Guild Winter Conference

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

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!


Meaghan Douglas-Lyman

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


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.


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.

Debbie Leggett 

Continuing Education Opportunity: Cicerone Off-Flavor Kit and Tutored Tasting Webinar 

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.

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.

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.

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. 

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!

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!

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