Beginning on December 11, 2023, the Brewers Association Mentorship and Professional Development Subcommittee will accept applications for the 2024 cohort of the Brewers Association Mentorship Program.
The 12-week virtual program provides mentoring from knowledgeable craft brewing industry leaders in three different tracks. The aspiring professional’s track is for those who have never worked in the industry and would like to enter it professionally. The advancing professional’s track is for those who have worked in the industry and are looking to advance or redirect their careers. The brewery start-up track will appeal to people intent on starting a brewery and who have taken tangible steps toward doing so or breweries that have operated for less than one year.
Former cohorts have included a number of members from the homebrew community looking to go pro. Camille Payne, book lover, homebrewer, and host of Brewzandbooks, appreciated the availability of mentors with so many backgrounds in beer, the chance to gain a diverse set of educational information and professional perspectives, and the opportunity to network. “I have gained more courage to continue in my pursuit to own a brewery.”
Applications for the Spring 2024 cohort will be accepted from December 11, 2023, through February 9, 2024. The Spring 2024 cohort will begin on March 25, 2024.
- Meet the Spring 2021 cohort
- Meet the Fall 2021 cohort
- Meet the Spring 2022 cohort
- Meet the Fall 2022 cohort
- Meet the Spring 2023 cohort
- Meet the Fall 2023 cohort
Homebrewers seeking more information or assistance with the application process should watch Hopportunity Knocks: Brewers Association Mentorship Program Information Session, a recorded webinar featuring members of the Mentorship and Professional Development Subcommittee, former program participants, and former mentors will be on hand to talk about their experiences in the program.
Whether you are interested in the aspiring professional’s track, advancing professionals track, or brewery start-up track, watch the webinar for helpful tips for completing your application. You’ll also get a sense of what you can expect during the 12-week virtual experience and learn about ongoing professional development opportunities for those who complete the program.
The 12-week virtual mentorship program offers a one-of-a-kind opportunity to engage with seasoned professionals from every corner of the brewing industry.
Brewers Association Collab Hour Webinar
Hopportunity Knocks: Brewers Association Mentorship Program Information Session
- Alana Koenig-Busey – Mentorship Program Director and DEI Project Coordinator, Brewers Association
- Kate Conway – Co-Owner, Pickett Brewing Company
- Frank Green – Territory Sales Manager, Modern Times Beer
- Dwight Ho-Sang – COO, Hip Hop Heads Brewery
- Laura Lodge – Owner & Strategic Advisor, Customized Craft Beer Programs
- Ashlie Randolph – Founder, Brawta Craft and Brews