Kelvin Keown: Mastering Beer Styles student shares experience

Mastering Beer Styles, University of Washington Tacoma’s first venture into craft beer education, kicked off March 20, 2017 – about one year ago today. Since then, two classes of MBS students have graduated. A third is preparing to start in April. The course, an introduction to the world of beer styles delivered over 10-weeks in partnership with 7 Seas Brewing, has attracted a variety of types of students. Some are home brewers, while some plan to open breweries. Others simply love beer.

“I fall into most of those categories,” said Kelvin Keown, a recent MBS graduate.

Like many students, Keown’s interest in beer goes back far before, and beyond, a classroom at UW Tacoma.

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PDC alumni uses experience to succeed at Seattle Goodwill

If you met her today, you’d have a hard time believing Rebekah Hand grew up in Florida. Now living in Fircrest, Wash., with her husband, three sons and their bulldog Mudge, Hand has all the characteristics of a native Pacific Northwesterner. She wishes she had more time for exploring the outdoors, but finds plenty of fulfillment keeping up with her family. And like most of us, she’s a big fan of Star Wars and local craft beer. Hand fits-in one other way, as well: she’s ambitious.

After graduating with a bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida, Hand pursued a career in retail. Starting in 2004, Hand has worked every angle of the retail world, from sales and customer service to management, for companies including Target, New York and Company, and Pottery Barn. Despite her success in her work though, she felt that something was missing.

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