How did you get into the beer industry? Why does beer matter to you?
I got into beer as a homebrewer and a founding member of the Avery Brewing Company’s "Homebrewers and Bottle Collectors Support Group," as well as the homebrew club Hop Barley and the Alers in Boulder, Colo. After homebrewing for a few years, I was the founding head brewer of Powder Keg, which was my first opportunity to make brewing my career. Beer matters to me because of the community of people that it brings together. I have always found a group of people that have supported me, and provided me with opportunities to express myself technically and artistically. The beer industry has provided me with lifelong friends and an opportunity to learn from a diverse group of people.
Why do you judge at the World Beer Cup? What does judging at the World Beer Cup mean to you?
I judge because I want to continuously learn and expand my palate and give back to the community that has given me so much. It's wonderful to network and meet other beer professionals and support the Brewers Association through judging every year. This past year I had the opportunity to judge with a number of international judges and their shared insights provided incredible education outside the style guidelines and brought unmatched validity to the competition that I haven't experienced elsewhere.