next gen of nerdy brewers
Science Made Beerable Inc. endeavours to share the fascinating world of beer science with beer lovers. To help achieve this, we have started a series of scholarships to enable junior or aspiring brewers to further their education in brewing science and support diversity in the industry.
PILS OF WISDOM SCHOLARSHIP 2023
Congratulations to Emma Penny, the recipient of the 2023 Pils of Wisdom Scholarship!
Emma is a Certified Cicerone who has judged numerous competitions, the State Coordinator for Victoria with the Pinks Boots Society and an active volunteer within the brewing industry. She'll be using the scholarship to cover course fees in brewing science education and we're stoked to support her journey!
Thanks to all that applied for the scholarship. Keep an eye out for further scholarship opportunities in the near future!
As part of our annual ExBEERimental Science event in 2023, the participating brewers (Shambles Brewery, Range Brewing and Molly Rose Brewing) created a science-inspired beer; a Cold IPA “Pils of Wisdom”, kindly sponsored by Hop Products Australia, Voyager Craft Malt and Bluestone Yeast. A portion of the profits from this beer went towards forming the Pils of Wisdom scholarship.
Keen to know more about Emma's beer journey? Check out her bio below:
"I grew up in the English Westcountry, traditional cider country, so I didn't get really into beer until my very first GABS in 2016. Still, I didn't make the move from the corporate world into the beer industry until Covid hit; unable to work, I started killing time with studying beer. Over the many lockdowns, I started working towards my Certified Cicerone with the help of the Pink Boots mentorship program, eventually passing last year on my first try!
I started out behind the bar at the Local Tap House in St. Kilda after lockdown ended in 2020 before progressing onto parent company Stomping Ground Brewing Co., where I have since dabbled in a number of different departments over my three years with them, including front-of-house, packaging/canning line, sensory, hosting food-matching events, guided tastings, beer 101 training and brewery tours. I now split my time between Stomping Ground and their Collingwood neighbours Beer Mash craft beer bar, with plans to enter a more beer education-focused role next year. More recently, I've become very interested in the world of beer-judging and taste evaluation, and after stewarding a few competitions over the years, I more recently progressed to serving as Judge/Associate Judge at both commercial and amateur beer competitions, including the AIBAs, the Australian Cider Awards and various homebrew competitions. I took my BJCP Judging Exam this year in order to become an officially accredited beer judge - but results are still pending!
I also volunteer as a State Coordinator for Victoria with Pink Boots Society, primarily supporting the organising and running of events for female and non-binary organisation members working in the fermentable beverages industry."
You can follow Emma on Instagram at @thedivinebarmaid