OCB Announces Ontario Craft Brewing Education Bursaries

Toronto, Ontario – Ontario Craft Brewers (OCB), the association of small, independent craft brewers in Ontario, is pleased to announce beer education bursaries for women working in Ontario Craft Breweries.

In celebration of International Women’s Day 2018 and as part of its commitment to women working in craft brewing, OCB will award education bursaries for women in OCB member breweries interested in taking courses from the Prud’homme Beer Certification® program.
“OCB is pleased to honour the contribution of women to Ontario’s craft brewing industry,” says Scott Simmons, President, Ontario Craft Brewers. “More women are choosing to work in this industry in all areas of the business including management administration, brewing, production, sales and retail. Through these bursaries, OCB supports the education and knowledge of women working in our member breweries.”
Thirst For Knowledge Inc.®, launched Prud’homme, Canada’s first beer certification program in 2009. This multi-level beer education series of courses (both online and in class) is designed specifically for those who want to quench their thirst for more information within the world of beer. The course content and curriculum are driven by input from industry insiders and former participants. The ultimate goal is to provide the best-in-class beer experiences to students.
In partnership with Thirst for Knowledge® Inc., the OCB Prud’homme bursary will cover course registration fees for award recipients, including:
  • 1 at full program including Level 1, Level 2 and Level 3 (Prud’homme Beer Sommelier): value $2250
  • 1 at Level 1 and Level 2 (Beer Specialist): value $1050
  • 3 at Level 1 classes (Beer Enthusiast): value $350 x 3
Total bursary package is valued at $4350.
“I’m extremely thrilled to be able to work with the Ontario Craft Brewers to offer these bursaries to deserving women in the craft beer industry,” said Roger Mittag, The Beer Professor and founder of Thirst For Knowledge Inc.® “Women’s role in brewing has been well documented over the centuries and it is refreshing to see so many women entering the industry and making substantial contributions.”
Eligible applicants must be female, 19+ years and have been working with an OCB member brewery for a minimum of one year.
Interested applicants should fill out the following QUESTIONNAIRE by March 31, 2018. Successful applicants will be chosen by lottery in April and must register for the program by June 1, 2018.


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