Auburn Brewing Science and Operations Program alumna wins prestigious award from Samuel Adams Brewing

Published: May 14, 2021

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Kate Russell, a 2018 graduate of Auburn’s Brewing Science and Operations program, won Samuel Adams Brewing’s 2021 Brewer Experienceship. As noted in a press release from Sam Adams, “Each year, the Brewer Experienceship Program selects one craft brewer to experience the Boston Brewery and learn the art of brewing and business discipline alongside the Samuel Adams team.  The experienceship includes extended mentoring, a trip to the Samuel Adams Boston Brewery to learn from brewing and business experts including Jim Koch, financial support to attend industry events and the opportunity to brew a collaboration beer with Samuel Adams.” There are more than 8,000 craft breweries in the United States according to the Brewers Association.

A veteran of the 101st Airborne Division and mother of two, Russell opened Hopkinsville Brewing Company in Kentucky in 2016. She completed Auburn’s brewing program in 2018. Russell then expanded her brewery and opened the larger facility just three weeks before COVID-19 lockdowns began. According to Sam Adams, “Russell’s story of resilience and dedication resonates with many moms across the country who have been hit by the repercussions of the pandemic.”

Russell recently appeared on “Fox & Friends” to discuss her award.

Click here to read more about the award.

Submitted by: Dave Ketchen