contributors

  Listed Alphabetically by Last Name  

 Legal
 Human Resources
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Victoria Aguilar, Founder & Managing Director

The AR Group, LLC

Victoria Aguilar is the Founder and Managing Director of The AR Group, LLC – a law and HR consulting firm in Greenwood Village, Colorado. Victoria assists clients with effectively managing human capital. 

Email Victoria

 ingredients
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Matt Albrecht, Owner & Founder

River Drive Cooperage

Growing up in a family of woodworkers and craftsmen, Matt started River Drive Cooperage in 2008. Focused on oak barrels and wood aging, River Drive seeks to improve and revitalize the nearly lost art of coopering.

Email Matt

 quality assurance/quality control
 TAP ROOM OPS
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Melissa Antone, Quality & Sensory Specialist

Melissa Antone LLC

Mel has worn many hats in the beer world, but her specialty is brewing QA/QC and Sensory Analysis.   She is a Beer Educator, International Beer Judge, and General Manager for The Rayback Collective in Boulder, CO. 

Email Melissa

Website Not Applicable
 quality assurance/quality control
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Lindsay Barr, Founding Partner & CSO

DraughtLab Sensory Software

Lindsay Barr is the Founding Partner and CSO of DraughtLab Sensory Software. Her work is globally recognized for empowering companies of all sizes to apply Sensory Science to inform everyday business decisions.

Email Lindsay

 bank & equipment financing
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Scott Birkner, SBA Lending Specialist

Dogwood State Bank

Scott is a SBA Lending Specialist for Dogwood State Bank, specializing in start-ups, expansions, refinances, partner buyouts, commercial real estate, and business acquisitions on a nationwide platform.

Email Scott

 Accounting & POINT OF SALE
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Mary Brettmann, President

Beverage Business Builders

Beverage Business Builders, established in 2015, offers financial and operational services for craft breweries & distilleries. President Mary Brettmann assists with everything from accounting software implementation, to long-range strategic planning.

Email Mary

 CONSULTANT
  LEGAL
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Brook Bristow, Attorney at Lager

Bristow Beverage Law

Brook is a Charleston-based attorney who counsels food and beverage industry clients from small start-ups to national brands. He can brew a passable IPA.

Email Brook

 business plan
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William Camacho, Principal

HRVST

William has established a solid reputation for designing production beverage facilities with HRVST, a process engineering/ start-up consulting firm, and CLTVT, a General Contracting firm; both companies he co-founded and operates.

Email William

 business plan
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JoAnne Carilli-Stevenson, Head of Business Development

White Labs

During JoAnne’s 30+ year career, she has held positions with breweries, industry associations and industry suppliers. Her diverse background allows her to have a unique perspective to sales and marketing in the brewing industry.

Email JoAnne

 location & Brewery Design
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Jon Carpenter, Brewmaster/Craft Beverage Consultant

Openso Consulting

Prior to founding Opensō, Jon Carpenter has been involved in every aspect of an operational brewery, including engineering & design, new product development & operations, staffing/training, and construction/installation/startup of equipment, systems, brands, and facilities.

Email Jon

Website Not Applicable
 Marketing & public relations
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Tristan Chan, Founder

PorchDrinking.com

Tristan Chan is the Founder of PorchDrinking.com, a national beer publication, as well as The Porch Collective, a Marketing and PR firm focused on serving the hospitality industry.

Email Tristan

 CONSULTANT
HUMAN RESOURCES
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Larry Chase, Great Game of Business Certified Coach

Ray Johnson Group LLC

Beer flavor variety brought Larry to craft brewing in 1997. Today he supports and coaches owners who want to build a culture of ownership and employee involvement.

Email Larry

 location & Brewery Design
 Tap room Ops
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Carol Cochran, Co-Owner

Horse & Dragon Brewing Company

Carol founded Horse & Dragon Brewing Company in 2014 with her husband Tim.  She has an enormous appreciation for the community of Fort Collins, the Horse & Dragon team, and the craft brewing community.  

Email Carol

 insurance
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Jason Cook, Senior Sales Executive

Guaranteed Rate Insurance

Jason Cook is an accomplished 10+ year insurance professional holding a Master’s degree in Insurance Management from Boston University and the Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter and Associate in Risk Management designations.

Email Jason

 tap room OPS
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Andrew Coplon, Founder

Secret Hopper & Craft Beer Professionals

Andrew Coplon is the Founder of Secret Hopper and Craft Beer Professionals. He is passionate about the growth of beer and helping businesses be more successful.

Email Andrew

 marketing
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Erik Cox, Owner

Wise Ape

I work to help companies own their brands and hit their objectives with smart creative that’s just as functional as it is aesthetic. Design and business strategy are my primary focus.

Email Erik

 quality control/quality assurance
Tap room ops
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Ray Daniels, Founder & Director Emeritus

Cicerone® Certification Program

Founder and director emeritus of the Cicerone® Certification Program, Ray is a veteran beer writer and educator who has traveled the world promoting quality beer service.

Email Ray

 equipment & packaging
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Ethan Deffenbaugh, Sales Manager

Ska Fabricating

Ethan started his foray into the beverage world in 1995 at a small brewery called Deschutes in Bend,  Oregon and is now the Sales Manager at Ska Fabricating.

Email Ethan

 ingredients
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Chris DellaBianca & Audrey Gehlhausen, Owners

Billy Goat Hop Farm

Chris DellaBianca and Audrey Gehlhausen are obsessed with crafting superior quality hops, committed to sustainable practices, and passionate about creating brewer-farmer relationships. 
Know your farmer, Love your beer.

 DISTRIBUTION
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Bud Dunn, Director of Sales

GP-Analytics

Through working in multiple facets of the beer industry, Bud has seen the need to bring suppliers and distributors closer together through the use of data and technology. 

Email Bud

 ingredients
 QUALITY CONTROL/QUALITY ASSURANCE
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Erik Fowler, Education & Brewery Experience Manager

White Labs

With White Labs since 2014, Erik has led education classes on yeast handling, sensory techniques and QC. His objective is to make fermentation education informative, accessible & interesting. 

Email Erik

 ingredients
 
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John Giarratano, Founder/Lead Engineer

Inland Island Yeast Laboratories

John Giarratano has spent almost two decades in the pharma, biofuel and now brewing industries.  He now puts his expertise and knowledge towards operations at Inland Island Yeast Laboratories. 

Email John

 human resources
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Jason Gladfelter, Owner

Vombuds - Virtual Ombudsman

Jason Gladfelter is a beer geek with a conflict management profession (or is it the other way around?) who developed Vombuds, a virtual ombudsman, to help small businesses with their internal dynamics. 

Email Jason

 marketing & public relations
Graphic Design/web design
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Misty Gordon, Multimedia Graphic Artist

Misty Gordon Creative

Creating strong, visually stimulating designs and providing cohesive marketing pieces across multiple platforms, from logo creation and branding to product packaging and merchandise.

Email Misty

 EQUIPMENT & PACKAGING
LOCATION & Brewery Design
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Jeff Gunn, President & CEO

IDD Process & Packaging, Inc.

With 58 years in brewing and beverage industry design and manufacturing, Jeff Gunn has seen & participated in pivotal processing developments, including Sankey keg systems, flash pasteurization, custom process equipment, and the HEBS mash filter brew house.

Email Jeff

 location & brewery design
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T. Dustin Hauck, Principal

Hauck Architecture

Mr. Hauck, avid home brewer and craft beer enthusiast, possesses the skill, experience, passion and reputation for planning and executing a successful project, while coordinating with all engineering consultants, contractors and governmental authorities.

Email Dustin

 ingredients
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Ashleigh Hayden, Eastern Field Marketing Manager

Yakima Chief Hops

Ashleigh Hayden has spent the last decade working in brewing and quality.  She is currently the Eastern Field Marketing Manager for Yakima Chief Hops, organizing industry events and beer collaborations.

Email Ashleigh

 equipment & packaging
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Tom Hennessy, Founder

Colorado Boy Brewing

Tom has opened 7 breweries of his own & helped open over 100 more with his Colorado Boy Brewery Immersion Course. His 1995 video, Frankenbrew, has become a cult classic in the brewing world. He has written three brewing books. Tom lives, brews and writes in his mountain town of Ridgway, CO.

Email Tom

 marketing & public relations
 tap room ops
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Brandon Hernández, Founder/Owner

San Diego Beer News

San Diego-based veteran brewery marketing professional, award-winning journalist, author, editor, copywriter, graphic artist, on-air news correspondent and freelance marketing consultant.

Email Brandon

 marketing & public relations
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Julia Herz, Executive Director

American Homebrewers Association

As CEO and Founder of HerzMuses Enterprises, LLC, Julia is a strategic consultant, speaker, and educator who supports small business and nonprofit entities.

Email Julia

Quality control & quality assurance
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Jon Hughes, Director of Brewing and Sensory Science

UC Davis Continuing and Professional Education

Jon is the director of brewing and sensory science at UC Davis Continuing and Professional Education and lead instructor for the Master Brewers Certificate Program.

Email Jon

 Insurance
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Matt Hughes, Risk & Insurance Consultant

NFP Insurance

Matt has been a commercial insurance and risk consultant for 15 years. In addition, he has been a brewer for Wynkoop Brewing Company & founder/ former head brewer for Goldspot Brewing Co.

 marketing & public relations
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Emily Hutto, Founder/CEO

Rad Craft

Emily Hutto is a Colorado-based beer journalist-turned-barley industry marketer. After years of freelance writing and authoring the book Colorado's Top Brewers, she founded Rad Craft in 2012 to serve the communications needs of maltsters, brewers, and distillers.

Email Emily

 Legal
Human Resources
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Jon Hyman, Co-Leader Craft Beer Practice Group

Wickens Herzer Panza

As Chair of our Employment & Labor Practice Group, Jon Hyman provides practical solutions to help craft breweries solve their workforce problems. With decades of experience advising employers of all shapes and sizes, Jon is well equipped to do the same for your brewery.

Email Jon

 Human Resources
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Dr. J Jackson-Beckham, Principal

CraftedForAll.com

An author, speaker, and vocal advocate for the craft beverage community, Dr. J helps craft beverage organizations develop inclusive, equitable, and just practices that drive success, build communities, and empower individuals.

Email Dr J

 equipment & packaging
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Dana Johnson, Technical Director, Craft Beer

Birko - A Diversey Company

Dana consults for craft breweries on food safety/ sanitation practices. He has more than 25 years of experience and is known in the industry as one of the leading voices on sanitation.

Email Dana

 Consultant
Business Plan
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Fred M. Kaplan, Partner and M&A Intermediary

Stony Hill Advisors

Fred Kaplan brokers buy-side and sell-side M&A transactions, performs valuations, and advises on Exit Planning for clients who are food and beverage processors, distributors, retailers, breweries, distilleries, and restaurants.

Email Fred

 SALES
MARKETING
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Joe Karcz, Managing Partner

Brand Elixir Partnershipp

Joe Karcz is the Managing Partner of Brand Elixir Partnership. Joe brings a wealth of Marketing & Sales insights gleaned from a diverse, 30-year career in the adult beverage industry.

Email Joe

 quality assurance/quality control
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Brynn Keenan, Founder & Lead Analyst

Grist Analytics

Brynn is the founder and lead analyst at Grist Analytics where she helps breweries across the world turn production data into actionable information.

Email Brynn

 business plan
 distribution
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Scott Kerkmans, Professor

Metropolitan State University of Denver

Scott Kerkmans is a professor in the business of beer/beer industry and has run the Brewery Operations program at MSU Denver for over five years. 

Email Scott

 business plan
 
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Dave Ketchen, Harbert Eminent Scholar & Prof. of Management

Auburn University

Dave teaches business within Auburn University’s Brewing Science and Operations program. He is thrilled to have made modest contributions to the many success stories being created by AU Brew graduates!

Email Dave

 insurance
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Val Lang, Life, Health & Accident Insurance Agent

New York Life Insurance Company

Insurance Agent licensed to sell insurance through New York Life Insurance Company, specializing in custom-tailored solutions including insurance protection, retirement planning, college funding, and small business employee benefits planning and voluntary insurance opportunities.

Email Val

 distribution
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Laura Lodge, Owner/Author

Distribution Insight, LLC: Customized Craft Beer Programs

Preparing for distribution, selecting a distributor, contract insight and review, managing your distribution partnership, etc. Distribution Insight covers it all.

Email Laura

 ingredients
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John Mallett, VP of Operations

Bell's Brewery

Throughout his professional brewing career John Mallett has been recognized for his expertise and leadership in brewery technical education and training. He has managed all beer production for Bell’s Brewery since 2001.

Email John

 DISTRIBUTION
SALES
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Andy Mansinne, President

Brand Elixir Partnership

As Founder and President of Brand Elixir Partnership, Andy offers business insights, strategic acumen and coaching skills based upon years of experience ranging from start-up beverage businesses to international wine conglomerates.

Email Andy

 INGREDIENTS
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Eric March

Fresh Hop Activist

Formerly a small acreage hop grower, Eric is the Co-Founder of the San Diego Hop Growers Association, a homebrewer, speaker and advocate of locally grown ingredients for local and seasonal craft beverages.

Email Eric

Website Not Applicable
 Tap ROom Ops
 Point of Sale
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Lisa Marcus, CEO

DigitalPour

Lisa’s entrepreneur spirit and focus are discovering ways to improve the customer experience within the craft beer industry. DigitalPour is the brainchild of Lisa & Eric Sterling’s first OkCupid date back in 2010.

Email Lisa

 Business plan
consultant
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Doug Marshall, Partner

Marshall|Viliesis

Doug is a founding partner at Marshall | Viliesis.  With his partner Peter Viliesis they created Business Value Protection Planning™, a planning system designed with the business owner in mind.

Email Doug

 quality assurance/quality control
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Jess McElvain, Founder

Sticklertown Safety & Quality Consultants

Jess  founded SSQ Consultants to help breweries establish QA/QC programs, develop SOPs, and create safety programs. Jess is guided by her experiences as a CR&D biochemist and as a brewer.

Email Jess

 Legal
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Matthew McLaughlin, Attorney

McLaughlin, PC

Matthew McLaughlin is the founder of McLaughlin, PC, a boutique commercial law firm specializing in the beverage industry with more than 30 years combined experienced representing breweries, distilleries, and wineries.

 business plan
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Jeff Mendel, Partner/Director

Left Hand Brewing Company

Co-founder of Tabernash Brewing Co. and the Colorado Brewers Guild, Jeff has been a partner/ director at Left Hand Brewing Co. and has held leadership roles in the beer industry for 30+ years.

Email Mendy

 equipment & packaging
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Brian Mollohan, Owner

Ruby Street Brewing

Brian Mollohan is co-founder and owner of Ruby Street Brewing. Since 2011, Ruby Street Brewing has been designing and building hand-crafted small batch and pilot brewing equipment.

Email Brian

 legal
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Candace L. Moon, Attorney

The Craft Beer Attorney

Candace L. Moon is a San Diego-based attorney who handles many different legal areas including alcoholic beverage law, contract review and trademark law.

Email Candace

 Sales
Marketing
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Jeff Musial, Partner

Brand Elixir Partnership

With 28 years of experience with major packaged goods companies, Jeff is known for being able to simplify complex issues and provide insightful recommendations based on consumer insights, innovation, and brand management.

Email Jeff

 equipment
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Tim Myers, Founder/Head Brewer

Strange Craft Beer Company

Tim Myers started Strange Craft Beer Company in May 2010, brewing one barrel at a time in Denver’s first taproom brewery.

Email Tim

 human resources
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Ren Navarro, Owner/Operator

Beer. Diversity.

Do Better. Be Better. drives the award-winning diversity educator and consultant Ren Navarro as she educates, enlightens, and engages to help alcohol producers live up to the ideals and sense of community for which they strive.

Email Ren

 LEGAL
LOCATION & BREWERY DESIGN
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Jeffrey C. O'Brien, Attorney/Partner

Chestnut Cambronne PA

Jeff serves as general counsel to a wide variety of small businesses, and advises clients on entity formation, financing, real estate matters, intellectual property protection, operational issues, securities law, distribution contracts, and more.

Email Jeff

 ingredients
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Todd Olander, Founder/Farmer

Root Shoot Malting

Todd Olander cultivated Root Shoot Malting in 2016 to specialize in the highest quality of local grain and craft malt available to the brewing and distilling industries.

Email Todd

 BUSINESS PLAN​
 HUMAN RESOURCES
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Jeff Porter, President

The Porter Hamel Group

Jeff has over 30 years experience sourcing great talent in operations and technical positions for food and beverage manufacturing companies that will make a huge contribution to your company. 

Email Jeff

 marketing & public relations
 SALES
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Julie Rhodes, Owner/Educator

Not Your Hobby Marketing Solutions

Drawing from a decade of experience in the specialty beer business, Julie is an authority on beer sales, marketing, sales team management, and distributor partnership management.

Email Julie

 sales
 distribution
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Scott Rosenbaum, CEO

Ah So Insights

Scott Rosenbaum is CEO of Ah So Insights, a wine and spirit industry newsletter and consultancy. Scott was formerly the vice president of T. Edward Wines & Spirits, a New York-based importer and distributor.

Email Scott

 Marketing & Public relations
Graphic design/web design
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Taylor Seidler, Co-Founder/Creative Director

SeaThirst Creative

Taylor Seidler is co-founder and creative director of SeaThirst Creative. As an award-winning designer, she specializes in creative and branding for breweries & beverage companies, and has spent the last 10 years working in and around the brewing industry.

Email Taylor

 marketing & public relations
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Jonathan Shikes, Author/Beer Writer

Freelance Journalist

Author of Denver Beer: A History of Mile High Brewing, Jonathan has spent more than 25 years as a journalist, most recently as the managing editor of Westword. He covers Colorado's dynamic craft-beer industry.

Email Jonathan

 Accounting & Point of Sale
Business plan
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Kary Shumway, Founder

CraftBreweryFinancialTraining.com

Kary Shumway is the founder of CraftBreweryFinancialTraining.com and Kary'sFinancialTraining.com, online resources for beer industry professionals. 

Email Kary

 Accounting & Point of Sale
Business plan
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Owen Sizemore, Principal

Brady Ware Arpeggio, LLC

With both CPA and CVA credentials, Owen provides business valuation, litigation support, and financial due diligence services across a variety of industries, with a specialty focus on breweries and distilleries.

Email Owen

 bank & equipment financing
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Jason Sleeman, Vice President - Craft Beverage Lending

United Community Bank

Jason funded his first brewery 9 years ago, and has now funded breweries and other beverage companies across the US,  giving him unique insight into both the craft beverage and banking world.

Email Jason

 equipment
Consultant
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Alex Smith, Executive Brewer & Midwest Sales Consultant

ABS Commercial

Alex has been in the brewing industry since 2008 and is currently the ABS Mid-West sales consultant as well as Executive Brewer worldwide helping new and existing breweries get off the ground and grow. 

Email Alex

 ingredients
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Twila Soles, Maltstress & CEO

Grouse Malt House

A Founding Member of the North American Craft Maltster’s Guild, Twila founded Grouse Malt House
in 2013. Grouse Malt House is a craft malting company dedicated to supplying gluten-free ingredients
to the craft brewing industry.

Email Twila

 Legal
Human Resources
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Nicole Stenoish, Employment Attorney

Fisher Phillips

Nicole Stenoish is an employment law attorney who specializes in providing practical legal advice to breweries on all aspects of employment and HR-related issues. She also has extensive experience defending businesses in a variety of employment litigation matters.

Email Nicole

 Legal
business plan
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Grant Steyer, Intellectual Property Attorney

Wickens Herzer Panza

As Co-Leader of our Craft Beer Practice Group, Grant Steyer helps craft breweries decide how and when to invest in IP and legal agreements.  If it makes business sense, Grant will help you decide what form of protection is best for you.

Email Grant

 marketing & public relations
 tap room operations
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Bill Sysak, CEO

Wild Barrel Brewing Company

A craft beer veteran, “Dr.” Bill is on the SDSU Business of Craft Beer Faculty/Advisory Board, is a Certified Cicerone, Co-Founder of Wild Barrel, a pairing expert, and master of zymurgical knowledge.

Email Bill

 ingredients
 tap room ops
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George Thornton, Owner/CEO

Home Brewing Co.

Owner & CEO of The Homebrewer & Home Brewing Co. (AHA Homebrew Store of The Year 2018). Instructor with the SDSU Business of Craft Beer. National Rank BJCP. Cicerone. Small Brewery Consultant. Homebrewing since 2001. 

Email George

 ingredients
 
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Spencer Tielkemeier, East Division & Brewing Innovations Lead

Yakima Chief Hops

Spencer Tielkemeier is the East Division and Brewing Innovations Lead for Yakima Chief Hops, developing new products and providing tailored technical support. He spent nine years as a production brewer.

Email Spencer

 Accounting & POINT OF SALE
 TAP ROOM OPS
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Nancy Trigg, President/CPO

Arryved

Nancy Trigg is the President and CPO of Arryved.  Arryved provides Point of Sale and Loyalty software to taprooms and brewpubs across the country. Addressing business challenges and finding solutions to create excellent taproom experiences for guests.

Email Nancy

 Quality Assurance/Quality Control
 Consultant
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Ethan Tsai, PhD, Brewing Operations Consultant

Ethan Tsai, LLC

Ethan Tsai is a Ph.D. chemist that has worn multiple hats throughout an incredibly diverse career, including GM of brewing operations for Cigar City Brewing and director of the brewery for Tivoli Brewing Company.

Email Ethan

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 equipment & packaging
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Matt Vincent, Founder/Co-Owner

Ska Fabricating

As an Owner at Ska Brewing Co, Matt developed products to help ease beer production challenges. His small footprint can depalletizer was the inspiration for Ska Fabricating, which has now helped beverage producers in 27 countries.

Email Matt

 equipment & packaging
Quality assurance/Quality control
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Danny Wang, Co-Owner/Information Architect

Fermly

Danny has been a part of the Colorado craft brewing community since 2011 with the start of his first brewery. His knowledge in computer science and data sciences is the driving force behind the technology Fermly runs on. Danny is also a Certified BJCP judge and an award winning brewer.

Email Danny

 Quality assurance/Quality control
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Emily Wang, Founder/Lead Scientist

Fermly

A TTB Certified Brewing Chemist with a passion for microbiology and beer, eventually leading her to found Fermly in 2018. Unafraid to dive into a pint glass or a cuvette, she utilizes her science degree to help breweries develop and maintain a QA/QC program from sensory to tracking information.

Email Emily

 consultant
 location & brewery design
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Derek Wasak, Owner/Full-Service Brewery Consultant

Plato Brewing & Consulting Inc.

With over 12 years of experience, Derek is the Owner/Operator of Plato Brewing and Consulting Inc. - a full-service brewery consulting firm specializing in start-up planning, expansion, and operations from concept to completion.

Email Derek

 bank & equipment financing
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Rick Wehner, Founder

Brewery Finance

Rick Wehner founded Brewery Finance in 2005 and has since provided nearly 1500 startup and established brewers with vital equipment funding to help them launch, grow and flourish.

Email Rick

 marketing & public relations
tap room ops
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Ben Weston, Head Honcho

Hoptown Handles

Ben Weston is the founder and Head Honcho at Hoptown Handles, an American manufacturer of high quality, durable custom tap handles.  

Email Ben

 marketing & public relations
 SAles
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Bill Wetmore, Sales & Marketing Director

Fat Head's Brewery

Sales & Marketing professional who previously worked for Scottish & Newcastle Importers (Newcastle Brown Ale) & Duvel USA/Brewery Ommegang & currently works for Fat Head’s Brewery in Cleveland.

Email Bill

  Quality assurance/quality control
 Tap room ops
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Neil Witte, Owner

TapStar

Neil Witte is a Master Cicerone and 24-year beer business veteran. He owns TapStar, which certifies draft beer quality at bars, restaurants, and brewery taprooms.

Email Neil