From A.U.K. classrooms to establishment of the first microbrewery in Kosovo
Etida Zeka, class of 2009 at A.U.K., was born and raised in Prishtina, Kosovo. During her studies at A.U.K., she excelled as a student and was selected to be part of a small group of three students, selected by RIT professor Robert Barbato, to pursue the MBA degree at Rochester Institute of Technology.
Today, she is the owner of Kosovo’s first and only craft brewery in Kosovo – Sabaja Craft Brewery. The other owners are Alex Butler and Genc Zeka. Sabaja is a unique microbrewery as it is the only Ale House in Kosovo. Currently, Sabaja is producing two types of beers – Amber Ale and IPA, and it will soon start producing other seasonal beers.
Sabaja was the beer of Illyrians. Today, it has two meanings – ‘Beer’ and ‘Dawn’ – which symbolizes the beginning of a new craft beer culture in Kosovo.
Etida says that “A.U.K. has taught me to how to face challenges, how to undertake calculated risks, and how to conduct proper academic research. It was these skills that I obtained from A.U.K. and RIT that have helped me prepare a very good business plan and bring Sabaja Craft Brewery to life. I know the best is yet to come…!”
A.U.K. takes pride of its successful Alumni and congratulates Etida on her job well done.