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The Mosaic State Brewers Collective inspires and empowers underrepresented people to build careers in the beer industry. Go Far, Go Together. 

In order to develop future leaders in the brewing industry reflective of the nation’s diversity, MSBC has developed a mentorship program with 3 levels of educational programs:

Level 1

Do I have a place in this industry? 

This level focuses on networking and general communication with industry leaders and veterans. The goal is to create an inviting space where candidates can simply ask questions about the industry, and explore possible career paths if they are looking for direction. Mentors and mentees will interact in 1-3 sessions of about 1 hour each. See below for information about potential mentors.

Participation is limited to 10 people.

The next cohort of Level 1 will begin in June 2021.

Level 2

Where is my place in this industry?

Participants in this level will focus each week on a different sector of the beer / brewing industry under the guidance of a mentor. Mentors are selected from each sector of the beer community and adjacent retail and manufacturing business based on their expertise and their passion for improving representation within the industry. There will be a combination of study, discussion, and hands on experience to help fellows develop an understanding and appreciation for the various roles in the industry.

Hands on experience will include a small batch collaboration brew that follows a beer through its entire lifecycle – from ideation and recipe design to brewing, cellaring, packaging, marketing and sales. Fellows will spend 10-20 hours per week with each mentor, including a job shadowing day. Participation is limited to 4 people.

The next cohort of Level 2 will begin in September 2021.

Level 3

How can I become a leader in this industry? 

Participants will focus on business planning and management skills for those looking to take the next step in their own career or business development. We have partnered with the Consulting and Business Development Center at the University of Washington’s Foster School of Business to offer access to a consulting program and management course. The six-week consulting program begins in January with a student group that could help mentees build a business plan, launch a new product line, develop a marketing plan, conduct market research, pricing strategy, or improve operating efficiencies. The six-week management course begins in March and will help participants learn proven business fundamentals in the areas of leadership, corporate social responsibility, finance, and marketing. Participation is limited to 10 people.

The next cohort of Level 3 will begin in January 2022.

Level 1

Do I have a place in this industry? 

This level focuses on networking and general communication with industry leaders and veterans. The goal is to create an inviting space where candidates can simply ask questions about the industry, and explore possible career paths if they are looking for direction. Mentors and mentees will interact in 1-3 sessions of about 1 hour each. See below for information about potential mentors.

Participation is limited to 10 people.

The next cohort of Level 1 will begin in June 2021.

Level 2

Where is my place in this industry?

Participants in this level will focus each week on a different sector of the beer / brewing industry under the guidance of a mentor. Mentors are selected from each sector of the beer community and adjacent retail and manufacturing business based on their expertise and their passion for improving representation within the industry. There will be a combination of study, discussion, and hands on experience to help fellows develop an understanding and appreciation for the various roles in the industry.

Hands on experience will include a small batch collaboration brew that follows a beer through its entire lifecycle – from ideation and recipe design to brewing, cellaring, packaging, marketing and sales. Fellows will spend 10-20 hours per week with each mentor, including a job shadowing day. Participation is limited to 4 people.

The next cohort of Level 2 will begin in September 2021.

Level 3

How can I become a leader in this industry? 

Participants will focus on business planning and management skills for those looking to take the next step in their own career or business development. We have partnered with the Consulting and Business Development Center at the University of Washington’s Foster School of Business to offer access to a consulting program and management course. The six-week consulting program begins in January with a student group that could help mentees build a business plan, launch a new product line, develop a marketing plan, conduct market research, pricing strategy, or improve operating efficiencies. The six-week management course begins in March and will help participants learn proven business fundamentals in the areas of leadership, corporate social responsibility, finance, and marketing. Participation is limited to 10 people.

The next cohort of Level 3 will begin in January 2022.

Brewing

Learn the science and the art of brewing! Shadow an experienced brewer to learn the intricacies of the brewing process, from milling in to graining out.

Cellar

Explore the fun of fermentation on the cellar side! Learn all about cold side additions (dry hops, fruit, etc.) and see firsthand how yeast transforms sugar water into beer!

Packaging

Dive in to the world of packaging! Learn everything that goes into making sure that beer you create is as good in your customers' hand as it is in the tank.

Laboratory

Examine more in depth the science behind the beer. Learn all about different sampling and testing that can help ensure the beer in the glass is as it was intended to be.

Marketing

Don't judge a beer by its label... or should you? Explore ways to ensure authenticity in brand identity, tone of voice, and visual representation.

Sales

If a beer is brewed but no one consumer it, does it exist? Beer is meant to be enjoyed! Learn from industry veterans how to get the right beers into the right hands.

Service

Learn to love seeing a customer's eyes light up as they taste a beer, as if the taste bud explosion can't help but put a smile on their face.

Management

Through a partnership with UW Foster School of Business, learn proven business fundamentals to become more effective immediately.

Leadership

So you have the best idea... learn how to develop the leadership skills necessary to bring others on board with you, (g)rowing together towards a common goal.

Supply Chain

Beer is an agricultural product. Learn more about the ingredients that go into the beer where they are grown.

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Chair of the Mosaic State Brewers Collective

Dreux is the General Manager of Métier Brewing Company. Métier believes that great beer, paired with dialogue, connection, and action, can strengthen our community. As one of the few black-owned breweries in the country, we know representation matters. We hope MBC inspires others to continually stop and consider who is missing or not represented. At MBC, we aim to play our part in growing a nurturing and inclusive craft beer community. Imagine MBC as My Beloved Community.

Vice Chair of the Mosaic State Brewers Collective

Grace is one of the founders of Reuben's Brews and is currently leading the work of the newly formed Reuben's Brews Foundation. Guided by the belief that pouring delight for our community can extend beyond what’s poured in a glass, the Reuben’s Brews Foundation works to strengthen the community we serve. As the non-profit organization linked to Reuben’s Brews, the foundation supports the work already being done by community partners, and fills other needs where gaps exist, in the areas of education, environment, arts, human rights, animal rights, health, and social justice.

Meet the Mentors

Adam Robbings

MSBC Board Member and Reuben's Brews, Co-Founder

Annie Johnson

PicoBrew, Brewmaster/Director and Bluebird Brewery, Brewmaster and Pink Boots Society, Seattle Chapter Lead

Chris Smith

Lowercase Brewing, Founder & Operations

Efrem Fesaha

Boon Boona Roastery & Café, CEO and Founder

Jackie Dodd Mallory

The Beeroness

Larry Rock

Reuben's Brews, Sales Representative

Manny Chao

Georgetown Brewing, Co-Founder

Michael Daly

Métier Brewing Company, Head Brewer

Nigel Francisco

Ninkasi Brewing Company, CEO

Robyn Schumacher

Stoup Brewing, Co-Owner & Brewer

Rodney Hines

MSBC Board Member and Métier Brewing Company, CEO

Join Us

Apply to be a part of the mentorship program. If you have any questions, please reach out to foundation@reubensbrews.com .

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