City Brew Tours (CBT), an award-winning curator of craft beer tours and experiences in North America, has awarded its 2021 Talent on Tap Scholarships to three women with unique backgrounds who are devoted to furthering their beer education.
The Talent on Tap Scholarship program was created to support women of color from unique backgrounds who have a desire to make a lasting impact in the beer industry.
The awardees are as follows:
Naomi Waltengus, Washington, DC – Naomi described fond memories of their grandmother making tej, Ethiopian honey wine often brewed using hops. Much like those fond memories, Naomi aims to create a beer scene that is fun and accessible to all.
In their application, Naomi expressed a desire to share their passion for beer. “As much as my interest is motivated by my love of beer,” they said, “it’s also rooted in my investment in sharing this love with others.”
Naomi plans to use their portion of the scholarship towards the Prud’homme beer certification course.
Razia Gonzalez, Charlotte, NC – Razia currently works at Pilot Brewing in Charlotte and plans to one day open her own brewery. In her application, Razia talked about both the diversity and the accessibility of craft beer. “My perspective on being a caregiver to someone wheelchair-bound and also having a parent who is deaf provides me with firsthand experience on how limiting spaces can be for craft beer lovers with disabilities. We can do better for them.”