As you grab a cold one this holiday season, give thanks to Rebecca Bennett, a brewmaster for Anheuser-Busch. The newlywed uses her engineering degree to design new beers. See her exciting journey in STEM and her tips for thriving in business.
Name: Rebecca Bennett
Title: Product Development Specialist, Anheuser-Busch
Location: St. Louis, Missouri
Hometown: Fort Wayne, Indiana
Education: Bachelor of Science, Chemical Engineering, Purdue University
The gig: I manage the development of new products, a joint effort between the brewing, research and innovation teams. Part of my job is to take concepts and transfer them into a brewing recipe. I also coordinate test brewing in our Research Pilot Brewery. The brewing process takes about a year. Seeing the final product on the shelf, at a restaurant or on TV is very rewarding. The first time I saw a product I developed in the grocery store I was with my then-boyfriend, now-husband on our way to the checkout. I happened to see the packaging out of the corner of my eye and yelled “that’s my beer!” We of course bought some. I sent a picture to my parents and posted it on Facebook. We are all extremely proud of the work we do here.