Peter Ausenhus, Worth Brewing Company, recently attended the Brewing and Malting Science course in Madison, WI. With the help of an MBAA scholarship, Peter was able to make new connections and learn valuable tips to keep up with the demands of his brewery. Read the letter below.
I was fortunate to receive the 2012 Brewing and Malting Science course scholarship that recently convened in Madison, WI. With all the amazing brewing talent out there, I was humbled to receive the scholarship and eager to soak it all in.
Having attended the companion packaging class in 2011, I knew I would have fun, learn a lot, and meet great industry contacts. I also knew the facilities would be great and Karl [Ockert] would work tirelessly to juggle the collection of 55 classmates. I had no idea the class would be so relevant and useful to my operation. I currently have a list of 97 tasks on my “to-do” list, both small and large, with the goal of making my beer and business better.
I’ve worked in a number of industries and none compare to the camaraderie of the brewing business. The best way to expand your brewing horizons is to remain active in your local chapter and meet as many folks as possible. My local chapter, St. Paul/Minneapolis, consists of a range of talents and personalities, from industry veterans to aspiring brewers looking to get into the industry. These meetings enable you to connect with colleagues, acquire important information, and enjoy a few beers and meal with new and old friends.
I look forward to attending future MBAA meetings and encourage everyone to explore the educational opportunities available. I also urge you to apply for scholarships—I simply filled out the application, elicited references from MBAA members—thanks Chris German, John Hannifan, and Larry Chase—and detailed what I hoped to gain from the class. I recommend you review the course outline and identify areas where you need particular knowledge.
Education should be a life-long endeavor and few things are more gratifying than studying and enjoying great beer.
Brewer/owner Worth Brewing Company, Northwood, IA