CANDACE L. MOON, PARTNER, DINSMORE & SHOHL, LLP/CRAFT BEER ATTORNEY
Candace L. Moon, Esq is an attorney and partner at Dinsmore & Shohl, LLP. Since 2009, she has worked with over 350 craft breweries and craft breweries-in-planning nationwide, handling business entity formation, alcoholic beverage law, contract review, trademark law, and other legal needs. Moon is a frequent lecturer for both state and national craft beer conferences as well as an instructor for craft beer certificates at San Diego State University, and UC San Diego. She has spoken and taught continuing legal education (CLE) for various legal associations, has written numerous articles and appeared on a variety of nationally televised broadcasts including CBS This Morning, MSNBC and Fox Business. Candace’s undergraduate degree is from the University of Virginia and her juris doctorate is from Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego, Calif. She can be reached at Candace.Moon@DINSMORE.COM.
RAMON ASTAMENDI, BREWERY CONSULTANT/THREE TIME BREWERY FOUNDER
Ramon Astamendi began homebrewing in 1995 and took the great leap to professional brewing in 2007. Since then, he has taken 3 San Diego breweries from concept to reality and has traveled the world installing/commissioning brewhouses for a low-end equipment manufacturer. Ramon is currently the Head Brewer for Cerveceria Wendlandt in Ensenada, Mexico and continues to assist both existing and startup breweries with everything from equipment selection/installation to staff training. Ramon’s favorite style is Kölsch, but also has a passion for all things lager. In his spare time, Ramon enjoys surfing and really long walks on the beach.
MICHELLE REDING, COFOUNDER, DRY DOCK BREWING
Michelle Reding is an Iowa native and numbers girl. She has a Bachelor of Science in Business with Minors in Math and Statistics from Iowa State University. She moved to Colorado in 1998 to work as a pension actuary on corporate and public defined benefit plans in Human Resource consulting firms.
Michelle assisted on nights and weekends at The Brew Hut homebrew supply shop that she and her business partner Kevin DeLange purchased in 2002. Three years later, they launched a small brewery, Aurora’s first brewery, in the back of the shop.
Michelle left the corporate world in 2011 to be at the brewery full-time as the Numbers Girl in charge of HR and Finance. Michelle sits on the City of Aurora’s Group Employees Retirement Plan board.
RICK WEHNER, FOUNDER, BREWERY FINANCE
Rick Wehner founded Brewery Finance in 2005 after thumbing through the Brewers Resource Directory that was sitting on the bar at the soon to be opened Dry Dock Brewing Company. After realizing that there weren’t any finance companies listed in the BRD, he formed Brewery Finance the next day as an offshoot of 5280 Financial, a general equipment finance company he owned with his brother and partner. Like many, he was a homebrewer that was fascinated with great beer and wanted to contribute to the community. With a background in equipment finance and a passion for beer, Brewery Finance was born. Rick has been focusing on helping new and expanding craft breweries finance their equipment purchases ever since.
Rick is a Colorado native and despite Brewery Finance being acquired by Tacoma, WA based Pinnacle Capital Partners, still resides and works in Colorado.
JON CARPENTER, BREWMASTER / CRAFT BEVERAGE CONSULTANT, OPENSŌ CONSULTING
Jon began his career as a summer brewing intern at Drakes Brewing Co in the early 2000’s while attending UC Davis, studying Brewing Science. After graduating with a BS in Food Science Technology (Brewing Emphasis) and a BA in Political Science in 2005, he went on to work for Anheuser-Busch in their Research Pilot Brewery. The 20hL brewing system there cranked out over 1,000 brews per year with a small devoted staff helping to evaluate brewing processes, raw materials, and new product development. He then moved on to manage brewing process and reliability at another Anheuser-Busch brewery in Merrimack, NH where he remained until 2010, leaving to return to the craft side of the beer industry.
Jon’s next post in the beer world came as the Assistant Brewmaster for Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, overseeing day-to-day operations at the production brewery in Milton as well as recipe development and brewery ops at the DFH brewpub and Distillery in Rehoboth Beach, DE.
In 2011, Jon left Dogfish Head to return to his home state of California taking a role as one of the founding partners of, and Brewmaster for, Golden Road Brewing in Los Angeles, CA. He oversaw all brewery engineering and design, new product development and operations, staffing, training, and construction/installation of both a 15bbl pilot system and 50bbl production brewery there within the first 18 months of operations. In 2013, Carpenter left his partnership with Golden Road.
Shortly thereafter, Jon signed on with Alchemy and Science Brewing Collaborative as Brewmaster. Over the next 4 years, he oversaw the 5 companies making up the collective – Angel City Brewery in Los Angeles, Concrete Beach Brewery in Miami, Coney Island Brewery in Brooklyn, Traveler Beer Company, and The Just Beer Project, including contract brewing operations in Cincinnati, OH and Breinigsville, PA. During that time, he was also able to design and oversee construction of two ground-up brewery builds – a 10bbl pilot brewery in Brooklyn and 20bbl small production brewery in Miami, as well as the expansion and buildout of Angel City Brewery in LA.
In early 2017, Jon left his role as Brewmaster for Alchemy and Science, joining the team at Kathinka Engineering and Labs in Fort Collins, CO, supporting clients as an independent technical and creative consultant throughout the beverage industry, with whom he worked until mid-2018 before founding Opensō Consulting. Jon lives in Los Angeles, CA.
CHAD YAKOBSON, FOUNDER/BREWMASTER, CROOKED STAVE ARTISAN BEER PROJECT
Chad obtained a BSc in Horticulture Science before going on to study Viticulture and Oenology in New Zealand. He then switched his focus to the brewing industry concentrating on various micro-organisms present during barrel-aging of sour beer.
In 2010 Chad completed his master’s thesis, titled: Primary Fermentation Characteristics of Brettanomyces Yeast Species and Their Use in the Brewing Industry, and was awarded a Master of Science in Brewing and Distilling from Heriot-Watt University and the International Centre for Brewing and Distilling in Edinburgh, Scotland.
Founded in Denver, CO in late 2010 as an artisan beer project, Crooked Stave is the culmination of brewmaster and “Brettanomyces Guru” Chad Yakobson’s open source Master’s research, The Brettanomyces Project. Crooked Stave’s progressive approach to brewing blends science and art through creativity and passion. The resulting creations, most of which use Brettanomyces yeasts and mature in oak, are beers of extraordinary complexity.
NEIL FISHER, COFOUNDER/HEAD BREWER, WELDWERKS BREWING COMPANY
Neil has been homebrewing for more than five years and since his first batch, he dreamed of opening his own brewery. WeldWerks Brewing is the culmination of that dream. Less than a year into brewing, WeldWerks picked up a silver medal at the Great American Beer Festival in 2015. Following that success, they picked up the GABF Gold for Barrel-Aged Stout.
WeldWerks is also in the top 50 breweries in the world on Untappd.
MARY BRETTMANN, CPA, BEVERAGE BUSINESS BUILDERS
As president of Beverage Business Builders, Mary Brettmann is helping companies grow to the next level. She has 30+ years of experience in the corporate world. In that journey, she has been a state auditor, a sales controller, an international treasury professional, a business owner and finally a craft brewing CFO for a fast growing regional craft brewery. She has six years of experience in the craft brewing industry, including two years as a CFO for a regional craft brewery and four years as a business consultant.
SEAN BUCHAN, HEAD BREWER/COFOUNDER, CEREBRAL BREWING
Doctor of Physical Therapy turned Head Brewer, Sean latched onto brewing as a way out of the eternal emptiness that is American health care. After receiving a homebrew kit from good friends PJ and Jess, Sean fell headlong into this incredibly addicting “hobby”. Numerous awards and experience brewing alongside friends at professional breweries prompted Sean to make the best career move one could possibly make. If you see a tall, awkwardish guy lumbering around the brewery, that’s probably him. Take caution, as he’s easily startled.
T. DUSTIN HAUCK, HAUCK ARCHITECTURE
With over twenty years experience in the profession, T. Dustin Hauck has participated in all aspects of architectural practice. As principal of the firm, Mr. Hauck is the driving force behind all of the firm’s projects and designs, responsible for project management and document production. His combination of thorough analysis, client considerations, and attention to detail constitute the foundation of Hauck Architecture’s approach to every project. Since their first brewery project for San Diego's 71st brewery, Benchmark Brewing Co. in 2012, Hauck Architecture has established themselves as the go-to architectural firm for breweries, working with over 75 craft breweries to date. Mr. Hauck, an 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.
BOB SUTTON, RAHR MALT
Bob began his career in the grain industry 39 years ago in Thunder Bay with the Canadian Grain Commission where he was a grain sampler on the lakers and ocean going ships. From there, his career has included stints as a country grain elevator assistant, a grain inspector, Manager of a Grain Inspection Department, and a barley selector for Canada Malting in Calgary. In 1997, Bob moved to Rahr Malting in Alix as the Director of Grain & Transportation and has been the Vice President of Sales & Logistics since 2010 responsible for the company’s commercial operations including North American and international sales & outbound logistics.
Bob studied Business Management at the University of Calgary, Crop Production at the University of Saskatchewan, Transportation & Logistics with the Canadian Institute of Traffic and Transportation, and Brewing Technology at the World Brewing Academy.
Bob has served as a member of the Western Grain Standards Committee representing the Brewing and Malting industries, the Agriculture Committee of the Red Deer Chamber of Commerce, the Industry Advisory Committee of the Olds College Brewmaster Program, and was the President of the Master Brewers Association of the Americas Alberta Group in 2005. In 2018, Bob was recognized by the Alberta Small Brewers Association as Community Builder of the Year for his work in helping to build the craft brewing industry in Alberta.
Bab says his mission before retiring is to try to visit every brewery that uses Rahr Malt!
RAY DECKER, AVERY BREWING COMPANY
Ray Decker is the Hospitality Director for Avery Brewing Co. and oversees the operations for the brewery’s Restaurant and Tap Room, which opened in February of 2015.
His career began when he was five years old while living over his family-run seafood house, The Holy Mackerel. He remembers vividly peeking into the dining room wearing only his pajamas and witnessing the joy and electricity that was created through great food and inviting hospitality. Since moving to Colorado in 2002 Ray has been heavily involved in the craft beer movement and developed the beer program for The Kitchen in Boulder where he served as the Executive GM and Beer Director for all of their restaurants.
BRIAN MOLLOHAN, OWNER, RUBY STREET BREWING, LLC
Brian Mollohan, a Colorado native, is co-founder and owner of Ruby Street Brewing. Ruby Street Brewing is a manufacturer of hand-crafted small batch pilot brewing equipment located in Fort Collins, Colorado.
Brian got the brewing “bug” over 15 years ago and avidly studied the brewing and fermentation process. In addition to creating many of his own beers, he designed and built multiple home-brew systems. After assisting friends with creating their own small batch brewing systems, Brian found a passion for designing and building intuitive and practical brewing equipment. Brian and his family, decided to start a family owned and operated business called Ruby Street Brewing in 2011. To date Brian has assisted hundreds of start-up breweries with their small batch pilot equipment and the business considerations for commercial application of these systems. With a major focus on customer service and quality, Brian has become well acquainted with the brewing equipment industry in the last 6 years. Brian has 25+ years of business experience in retail marketing and marketing analysis. He is also an avid wind-surfer, sailor, fisherman, and hunter. While Brian has many hobbies, he has turned his passion for beer brewing and brewing equipment into a great business.
CHAD HATLESTAD, DIRECTOR OF SALES, BSG CRAFT BREWING
Chad Hatlestad is the Director of Sales for BSG Craft Brewing. He joined BSG in 2004 as Technical Sales Manager of the Mountain West territory where he continues to manage and expand sales, as well as directing sales in the territories South and South East. Prior to joining BSG, Chad spent 10 years thriving at different breweries and wineries throughout the West, and served as Brewmaster at Lindens Brewing Co., Fort Collins, CO. He is also co-owner of C Squared Ciders, a Denver based craft cidery. Chad earned a B.S. in Industrial Technology from the University of WI, and his Brewing Certification from the Institute of Brewing and Distilling, London, UK. He is a long time member of the Master Brewers Association of America, Institute of Brewing and Distilling, Brewers Association, too many Brewers Guilds to mention, Rocky Mountain Cidermakers Association, and the U.S. Association of Cidermakers.
JAMIE DOBOS, SALES DEVELOPMENT, BSG CRAFTBREWING
Jamie Dobos works in sales development for BSG Craftbrewing, focusing on new customer outreach and ingredient contracts. Jamie came to BSG in 2013 with a background in wine and quickly became interested in the vibrant Rocky Mountain beer scene. Along with her various certifications in wine studies, she completed the Siebel Institute Concise Course in Brewing Technology in 2016. She is a 2008 graduate of the University of Wisconsin with a degree in Communications. She lives in Denver with her husband and daughter.
TERRY CEKOLA, ELITE BRANDS
Terry Cekola started Elite Brands of Colorado in 2003 after spending her life working in a family run business, and she credits her father for inspiring her to venture out on her own. When Elite opened its doors there were only two employees, and under Terry’s leadership it has grown to 85 people strong. Terry has a passion for craft beer and Elite prides itself on being a 100 percent craft brand house. Terry is also proud to represent a portfolio of over 40 Wine and Spirits suppliers from around the world.
Terry has infused her positive thinking and can-do attitude into every aspect of her life and business. Elite Brand’s primary goal is helping their people and brands achieve success and giving back to the local community.
Terry serves on the board of the Colorado Beer Wholesalers Association. Terry and Elite Brands have received many awards over the years including 2012 Colorado Companies to Watch Winner, 2014 Top 250 Private Companies, 2015 Top Woman Owned Businesses, 2016 Top 50 Family Owned Businesses among others.
LAURA LODGE, AUTHOR
Laura Lodge learned about the distribution tier working with a small, independent distribution company in the mountains of Colorado. Job? Everything, including entering orders, loading/routing trucks, delivering product, all aspects of accounting and managing the office, and more. She shares her experience to benefit the artisanal/craft business owner in Distribution Insight for the Craft Brewer, designed specifically for the brewer learning about distribution.
Lodge consults with brewers and distributors as an element of her consulting business, Customized Craft Beer Programs, and is also the coordinator of the well-known Big Beers, Belgians & Barleywines Festival held in the mountains of Colorado each year. She consults for the resort industry with regard to craft beer integration with food & beverage programs, including clients such as the Vail Cascade Resort, Gateway Canyons Resort, and Beaver Run Resort.
Creating and assisting with craft beer events is another facet of her business, including working with Craft Beer & Brewing Magazine® to create their Brewers Retreats, with Destination Services of Colorado for client events, with Brush Creek Ranch & Spa for their guests, and with the Brewers Association for both SAVOR: An American Craft Beer & Food Experience and the Great American Beer Festival Paired Pavilion.
Laura lives in Vail, Colorado, and enjoys the outdoor lifestyle of the mountains.
TIM MYERS, OWNER/BREWMASTER, STRANGE CRAFT BEER
Strange Craft is the realization of a dream by an out-of-work IT Tech. Suddenly unemployed, he needed a Plan B. So with his retirement savings, home brew recipes, and 20-gallon home brew equipment, he set out to open Strange. The love of brewery began with Tim’s first batch for his wedding in 1997. After his third batch boiled over and flooded the kitchen, he was moved to the back deck. A chance encounter with a CraigsList ad in December 2005 for a professional brew sculpture lit the flame that eventually became Strange Brewing Company, now Strange Craft Beer Company.
Strange opened on May 19th, 2010, as a one-barrel microbrewery. Starting out small allowed him to focus more on the recipes than on running and building a small business. Brewing one barrel at a time allowed Tim to experiment and tweak, refining recipes for the day when a larger brew system would be employed.
JAMIE BOGNER, CHIEF CONTENT OFFICER, CRAFT BEER & BREWING MAGAZINE®
Jamie’s focus is on content and product, developing big picture vision while serving as Editorial and Creative Director for Craft Beer & Brewing Magazine®, working with creative contributors (writers, editors, photographers, illustrators, videographers) across media. He’s served in roles as diverse as Art Director, Editorial Director, VP of Content, and VP/Group Publisher for a variety of media companies, and is equally at home evaluating P&Ls or designing magazine pages.
ALEXIS FOREMAN, EXECUTIVE VP OF BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT, WILD GOOSE/MEHEEN
Alexis Foreman is a skilled technical engineering leader with more than 16 years of creation and collaboration in the machine and mechanical design industry. He is known for his vision and leadership in design, technical sales, service and manufacturing operations. He has more than five patents and has been published in 4 scientific publications for innovative machine design including rope descent devices, custom scientific instrumentation, control systems, and geothermal heating and cooling systems. After developing the prototypes and overseeing the design, implementation, and manufacturing of the first production canning systems, he has focused on providing complete packaging systems and solving complex design challenges. As co-founder of Wild Goose, Alexis is an expert in the craft beer industry, beverage packaging, and mechanical design for growing businesses.
ERIK FOWLER, CERTIFIED CICERONE, WHITE LABS
Erik joined White Labs in 2014. Before working with the fermentation company, he worked for a prominent international beer company, a San Diego-based nano-brewery and several beer and wine centric retail outlets. For more than four years, Erik has led beverage education classes on sensory evaluation, history, pairings and proper serving techniques. He is Cicerone® Certified and holds a Business of Craft Beer Certificate from San Diego State University Extended Studies. Through his various endeavors, Erik use his knowledge and expertise to make fermentation and service education informative, accessible and engaging to professionals and hobbyists alike.