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Paul van der Aar

Director of Quality
HEINEKEN USA
White Plains, NY

What does a director of quality do?

As a director of quality, also known as a brewmaster, Paul manages the brewing practices in Heineken’s global breweries and ensures that product quality is consistent across 192 global markets. With a Ph.D. in yeast genealogy, biotechnology and genetics, it is Paul’s responsibility to ensure that Heineken’s yeast, which dates back to 1886, behaves properly during fermentation.

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There are nine key steps in the brewing process and a director of quality oversees them all, including milling, malting, mashing, lautering, boiling, fermenting, conditioning, filtering, and filling.

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Bryan Derr

Senior General Manager
ANHEUSER-BUSCH
Williamsburg, VA

What does a senior general manager do?

As general manager, Bryan ensures all day-to-day operations at the brewery are running smoothly. There are no shortcuts in the brewing process and every step must be perfect.

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Beer is tasted several times throughout the brewing process to ensure quality standards are met for consumers.

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Bill Markham

Barley Grower
M & M FARMS
Berthoud, CO

What does a barley farmer do?

Beer starts here. Barley is the soul of all beers, lending color, body and flavor. Bill develops special varieties of barley and ensures consistency, so every beer brewed is made with the freshest ingredients and of the same high-quality standard.

Did you know…?

On average, about 1 ounce of barley goes into every bottle of beer.

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Cristina Romo Slowik

Transportation Manager
CONSTELLATION BRANDS BEER DIVISION
Chicago, IL

What does a transportation manager do?

Cristina is involved in the management of shipments originated at Constellation breweries in Mexico. This includes coordination of empty equipment supply, monitoring outbound shipments to border crossing and clearing customs into the U.S. She is in constant communication with internal customers and strategic partners, and maintains a thorough knowledge of the transportation management system to get Constellation’s beer into the market.

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Cristina is originally from Mexico City and has been involved in the beer business for over 12 years. She loves to travel, and this position has allowed her to visit several breweries and suppliers and gain a broad understanding for how diverse and interesting the beer industry is.

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Adena McMahon

Senior Director of Continuous Improvement
HEINEKEN USA
White Plains, NY

What does a senior director of continuous improvement do?

With 18 years of experience in operations, finance and IT, Adena has a passion for improving how businesses run and operate. She is an expert in simplifying, transforming and streamlining business process to make them more efficient.

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Collaboration is key in this role. Adena works with many different colleagues across the Commercial, Finance, Legal, and IT divisions to pinpoint challenges, define solution and follow through on implementation to ensure the benefits are realized.

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Ryan Krill

Co-founder & President
Cape May Brewing Company
Cape May, NJ

What does the co-founder and president do?

As president and co-founder of Cape May Brewing Company, the Jersey Shore’s first production brewery, Ryan is deeply involved in every aspect of Cape May’s production. Ryan also serves as the face of the company, of course sharing the spotlight with his co-founders and partners.

Ryan is also the president of the board of The New Jersey Brewers Association, a member of the Brewers Association Government Affairs Committee, a member of the New Jersey Alcohol Beverage Control Advisory Committee, a board member for the Cape May County Chamber of Commerce, and a TED(x) talk alum.

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Ryan holds a bachelor’s degree from Villanova University and a master’s degree from New York University. He has lived and worked in Spain, California, and New York City, and has traveled to over 40 countries, tasting craft beer wherever he goes. When he’s not working or exploring, Ryan enjoys flying small planes, cycling, or lusting over 13th century Armenian rugs.

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Jennifer Logan

Senior Brewmaster
ANHEUSER-BUSCH
Williamsburg, VA

What does a senior brewmaster do?

With a BS in Industrial and Systems Engineering, Jennifer worked as an operations group manager of bottle and can lines and in process improvement before transitioning into brewing. As a brewmaster, she is now focused on the quality and consistency of beer.

Did you know…?

Jennifer enjoys Budweiser due to its slightly sweet and malty taste with just enough hop bitterness to balance it out with a clean, crisp finish. She recommends Bud Light Lime in the summer months.

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Shawn Snedden

Director of Plant Operations
MILLERCOORS
Milwaukee, WI

What does a director of plant operations do?

As part of the management team, Shawn oversees all operations at the facility, including beer brewing, packaging operations and quality control to ensure the plant is coordinated and operating at maximum efficiency.

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Shawn also helps develop new and innovative practices for the plant and evaluates operating results.

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Kim Twist

Senior Specialist, Corporate Affairs
CONSTELLATION BRANDS BEER DIVISION
Chicago, IL

What does a senior specialist of corporate affairs do?

In managing Constellation’s CSR programming, Kim works alongside fellow employees, distributors, and partners to give back through philanthropic efforts, employee engagement and volunteerism, and social responsibility initiatives. Kim facilitates programs designed to help internal and external audiences understand the role of public policy and the positive role the company plays in communities and the industry.

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Kim is a native South Side Chicagoan, who loves to share and enjoy Constellation products around the campfire during camping season. She lives for the summer and enjoys biking, rollerblading, boating, and the occasional rollercoaster.

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Kaitlyn Smith

Retail General Manager
Cape May Brewing Company
Cape May, NJ

What does a Retail General Manager do?

As the Retail General Manager Kaitlyn is an integral part of Cape May’s day-to-day management, interacting with customers in The Tasting Room and ensuring that the company is always providing customers with a one-of-a-kind and fun experience.

Did you know…?

Kaitlyn grew up a short drive from Cape May, but moved back to New Jersey after college. She is an avid traveler, having visited capitals all over to world – Spain was her favorite – including a front row seat to the Euromaiden protests and 2014 Ukrainian Revolution on a trip to Kiev.

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Russ Menagat

Eastside Pub Manager
Rogue Ales & Spirits
Portland, OR

What Does A Pub Manager Do?

Russ manages the Eastside Pub and has been with Rogue for 25 years.

 

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Russ has run with the bulls twice in Pampalona, hence the great calves. He loves exposing people to the wealth of possibilities within the great world of Beer.

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Ashley Chesser

Manager of Maintenance
ANHEUSER-BUSCH
St. Louis, MO

What does a shipping operator do?

Ashley manages all the day-to-day activities as well as any strategic maintenance projects to increase efficiency, including finding ways to save water and energy while ensuring the same great quality beer.

Did you know…?

There are many different factors that can impact the taste of beer. Any small problem with the grains, brewing or even the cleaning process could throw off taste, so each step must be carefully monitored.

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Lauren Torres

Laboratory Manager
BELL’S BREWERY
Galesburg, MI

What does a laboratory manager do?

As laboratory manager, Lauren has been a key player in building an oxygen management program at Bell’s. She began her career in the brewing industry shortly after graduating from Kalamazoo College with a BA in chemistry.

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Lauren has assisted in teaching with the Siebel Institute of Technology’s Quality Course and has presented at the annual American Society of Brewing Chemists and Master Brewers Association of Americas conferences. She has participated as a judge in various professional beer competitions locally and internationally.

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Jesse Jones

Warehouser
Ball Corp

What does a warehouser do?

As a warehouser, Jesse ensures an efficient and careful process when he prepares supply orders by pulling the materials and then packing the boxes for pick-up and delivery. Jesse’s role is integral in ensuring a smooth transfer of glass bottles to your favorite beer manufacturer and eventually right into your hand.

Did you know…?

Since 2010, Ball has reduced the carbon footprint of its most common beverage can formats by 10 percent, putting the company on pace to meet a global target of 25 percent by 2020.

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Alicia May

Brand Manager
Constellation Brand Beer Division
Chicago, IL

What does a brand manager do?

As a Brand Manager, Alicia is involved with all facets of the business from setting the marketing strategy to execution of the vision. She primarily works on Constellation’s Hispanic business, and enjoys learning about the consumer and applying those insights across the company.

Did you know…?

Alicia is a Midwest girl and loves to travel, which is one of many reasons she loves working at Constellation. She has had the opportunity to shoot TV spots for Constellation in Chile and Mexico City. She also loves to run and has completed 10 marathons across the US, including the Boston Marathon twice.

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Tom Bleigh

Innovation Brewmaster
Widmer Brothers Brewery / Craft Brew Alliance
Portland, OR

What does an innovation brewmaster do?

As the brewmaster, it is Tom’s job to not only ensure a consistent and quality tasting beer, but to also experiment with new and innovative flavors. Tom manages the ingredient selection, development of beer mixtures and the fermentation process across many different beers. Much of Tom’s research and development is done in close partnership with local growers and local ingredients to maintain the unique craft flavor.

Did you know…?

You don’t have to have a science degree to be a brewmaster. Tom holds a Master of Fine Arts!

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Demear Warner

Packaging Operator
MillerCoors
Fort Worth, TX, Teamsters Local 997

What does a packaging operator do?

As packaging operator, Demear’s duties range from assisting with bottle and can line production to product packaging. He also operates packaging equipment and performs regular quality checks.

Did you know…?

Demear’s focus is on productivity, quality and safety. He is first in line to flag issues with machines that may not be running correctly or efficiently.

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Sohail Salyani

Senior Resident Engineer
Anheuser-Busch
St. Louis, MO

What does a senior resident engineer do?

Sohail is responsible for all refrigeration, boiler, air, water, and other utility functions, in addition to all capital investments at the brewery. He also oversees facilities and IT infrastructure.

Did you know…?

A RO (reverse osmosis) filter is applied to ensure the water used to brew beers meets quality standard.

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Eric Gutierrez

Senior Operations Manager
Anheuser-Busch
St. Louis, MO

What does a senior operations manager do?

Eric leads teams to ensure all beer is packaged and delivered efficiently and correctly. This includes getting the beer ready for the trucking schedule and direct loading as much as possible to wholesalers and customers as quickly as possible.

Did you know…?

Operations managers not only oversee packaging operations to ensure safety, quality and efficiency, but also help develop more sustainable approaches to water and energy use.

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Betsy Paynter

Media Director
HEINEKEN USA
White Plains, NY

What does a media director do?

Betsy makes sure Heineken ads are seen! The media team ensures that key consumers and customers are exposed to HUSA ads in the right places at the right times across TV, digital, outdoor, radio and print media channels.

Did you know…?

Betsy started her career working on social media at a media agency. She ran the first paid Twitter campaign back in 2009.

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Lairy Johnson Jr

Environmental & Sustainability Engineer
MillerCoors
Fort Worth, TX

What does an environmental & sustainability engineer do?

Lairy leads the charge in driving plant-level engagement in environmental and sustainability efforts. He also collaborates with external stakeholders to ensure necessary compliance, examine the impacts of pending regulations and enhance the company’s community reputation.

Did you know…?

A necessary skill of environmental & sustainability engineers is the ability to communicate complex concepts in a simple, concise and meaningful manner.

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Larry J. Bell and Laura S. Bell

President & Owner (Larry) and CEO (Laura)
Bell’s Brewery
Galesburg, MI

What does a president & owner do?

Larry opened Bell’s Brewery in 1985 with a 15 gallon soup kettle and $200. Since then, Larry has grown Bell’s into one of the largest regional craft breweries in the country. In over 30 years of brewing, Larry has been actively involved in shaping the craft beer industry in the United States.

Did you know…?

Larry spends his time between Chicago, Kalamazoo, and the Upper Peninsula. He enjoys traveling, the Chicago Cubs, and is an active collector of art, breweriana, and maps among other things.

What does a CEO do?

Laura is the second generation co-owner of Bell’s Brewery. She officially started working at the brewery full-time in 2007 after graduating from Michigan State University. Since then, she has spent time in sales, all areas of beer production and built the marketing department from the ground up. She now oversees all brewery operations and planning for Bell’s and its sister brewery in Escanaba, Upper Hand Brewery.

Did you know…?

Laura was just two months old when her father, Larry Bell, founded Bell’s Brewery. When she was younger, she worked various odd jobs at Bell’s Brewery including gluing labels to bottles and in the Eccentric Café’s kitchen while in high school.

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Anthony White Sr.

Packaging Personnel Manager
Bell’s Brewery
Galesburg, MI

What does a packaging personnel manager do?

Over the past nine years, Anthony White Sr. has been an integral part of Bell’s Packaging Team. Moving from packaging operator, to bottling line leader, and into management as the current packaging personnel manager.

Did you know…?

Anthony embodies the spirit of Bell’s Brewery as a champion of safety, morale, and quality.

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Noah Smith

Roguetographer
Rogue Ales & Spirits
Portland, OR

What Does A Roguetographer Do?

Noah started at Rogue as a ‘marketing assassin,’ but his passion for video and photography was so blatant that he naturally moved into Rogue’s official documentarian.

 

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Noah grew up in New Jersey, but moved to Oregon three years ago to work at Rogue. He has been skateboarding for over 17 years and also loves beer, pizza, his girlfriend and their cat Pinho. He is proud of being able to shoot photos and videos on Rogue Farms and having the ability to document how beer is made from ground to glass.

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Michael Wilken

Brewery Communications Manager
MillerCoors
Fort Worth, TX

What does a brewery communications manager do?

Michael drives the development and implementation of strategic, integrated and effective communications processes. He provides strategic counsel to plant leaders to help determine priorities and shape messages around brewery/workforce programs.

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As a military veteran, Michael is Vice President of the Fort Worth Brewery Veteran’s Group and is responsible for advancing the hiring, development and retention of military veterans while providing educational and social opportunities to enrich membership, employees and local communities.

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Liz Zaseck

Assistant Brewmaster
Anheuser-Busch
St. Louis, MO

What does an assistant brewmaster do?

In this role, Liz is focused on the beer fermentation process. Through analytic and sensory evaluations of the process, Liz ensures every beer is of the same high quality. This includes a daily tasting at 3:00 PM.

Did you know…?

From processing raw materials to managing the brewing and fermentation process to analyzing data, a lot of work goes into ensuring every beer tastes the same.

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Travis Moore

Senior Brewmaster
Anheuser-Busch
St. Louis, MO

What does a senior brewmaster do?

As senior brewmaster, Travis is passionate about being safe on the job, producing consistent high- quality, great-tasting beers, and doing it in a smart and efficient way. The process of ensuring the highest quality of beer consists of using the best raw materials, quality brewing and consistency during packaging.

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Travis believes the extreme focus on quality and consistency that goes into every single Budweiser makes it the best beer in the world.

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Lydia Pena

Shipping Operator
MillerCoors
Fort Worth, TX, Teamsters Local 997

What does a shipping operator do?

Lydia aids in the process of the beer reaching the marketplace by regulating the production and distribution of beer. She collaborates with team members to oversee the operation and maintenance of automated packaging equipment.

Did you know…?

Bulk transport (or bulk shipping) is often used when the beer packaging location is separate from the brewery.

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Danny Connors

Innovation Brewer
Rogue Ales & Spirits
Portland, OR

What Does An Innovation Brewer Do?

As an innovation brewer, Danny helps develop new and unique brews. He is proud to create products that add to the community and bring people together.

 

Did You Know…

Danny has worked at Rogue for over six and a half years, played college soccer at the University of Portland and has a dog named Rufio.

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David Sawyer

Lead Brewer
Bell’s Brewery
Galesburg, MI

What does a lead brewer do?

As lead brewer, David oversees all aspects of the brewing process to ensure consistent, great quality beer. David started his career as a homebrewer in 2004 and has been brewing professionally now for over 10 years. Moving from 5 gallon to 5 barrel batches, then 10 to 50 barrel batches and now finally to 200 barrel batches has provided David with unique challenges as well as growth opportunities.

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David is very involved in the beer scene and is a member of many national and local beer associations and clubs, which have afforded him access to amazing brewers, other beer fans, and educational and industry experiences such as hop selection in Yakima.

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Eddie Johnson

Shipping Operator
MillerCoors
Fort Worth, TX, Teamsters Local 997

What does a shipping operator do?

Eddie stores, stocks, and handles the materials used to ship beer. He utilizes computer systems to load trucks, receive products, and maintain inventories.

Did you know…?

When shipping, maintaining beer at low temperatures during transit can reduce the development of adverse flavors.

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Dolores Martinez

Shipping Operator
MillerCoors
Fort Worth, TX, Teamsters Local 997

What does a shipping operator do?

Dolores works to ensure the uninterrupted operation of the shipping process to maximize operational efficiency. She also makes sure that the transferring of beer into shipping equipment does not alter or contaminate the beer.

Did you know…?

Beer can also be transferred over short distances by pipelines or carried out in tanks designated for transport by road, rail, or sea.

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Julia Person

Corporate Sustainability Manager
Widmer Brothers Brewery / Craft Brew Alliance
Portland, OR

What does a corporate sustainability manager do?

Julia is in charge of minimizing the environmental impact of beer from the production at the brewery to the brewpub. With the goal of ensuring that 99.5% of the waste stream, including spent grains, is diverted from landfills, Julia is helping to preserve local waterways and reduce the carbon footprint of the brewery.

Did you know…?

For Earth Day 2017, employees at Widmer Brothers Brewing in Portland partnered with City of Portland Green Streets and the local Surfrider Foundation Portland Chapter to clean up the streets around the brewery’s neighborhood and ensure they continue to filter pollutants in storm water runoff before it reaches the Willamette River and salmon habitat.

 

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Leonard Jimenez

Shipping Operator
MillerCoors
Fort Worth, TX, Teamsters Local 997

What does a shipping operator do?

After 48 years of service, Leonard is a pro at ensuring that beer remains of the highest quality throughout the shipping process. He performs routine maintenance and inspections on plant equipment and oversees safety regulations.

Did you know…?

The pickup of oxygen during the process of transferring and filling the shipment tanks with beer must be minimized to prevent beer from going stale.

 

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Ron Stewart

Executive Chef
Rogue Ales & Spirits
Portland, OR

What Does An Executive Chef Do?

As executive chef, Ron loves the opportunity to create memorable dishes that heighten the experience of drinking Rogue’s beers and spirits.

 

Did You Know…

Ron has a distinguished background in culinary arts and attended the Culinary Institute in Hyde Park. He has cooked all over the world and for celebrities such as Tony Bennet, Barbara Streisand and Britney Spears.

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Justin Vitti

Distribution Manager
Cape May Brewing Company
Cape May, NJ

What does a Distribution Manager do?

As distribution manager, Justin oversees 9 vehicles in Cape May’s fleet, manages all inventory and ensures that all beer is delivered on time. Justin also processes the day-to-day sales orders and works directly with the Director of Sales to analyze numbers, identify trends and more generally improve the company’s efficiency and performance.

Did you know…?

Justin’s favorite Cape May Brewing Company beer is Hitching Post and he has an award-winning mustache.

PRIDE STARTS HERE®

As part of the Beer Institute’s Pride Starts Here campaign, we are proud to highlight the nearly 2.23 million hard-working Americans employed by the beer industry.

These are a few of the FACES OF BEER:

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The beer industry contributes about $350.8 billion in economic output.

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Each job in the brewing industry generates 33 additional full-time equivalent jobs in wholesaling, retailing, manufacturing or farming.

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Brewers and beer importers directly employ 64,745 Americans.

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Suppliers to the brewing industry, enterprises that manufacture bottles and cans, cardboard case boxes, brewing equipment or marketing displays, are responsible for more than 491,800 jobs alone.

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Overall, the beer industry employs nearly 2.23 million Americans.

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Distributor jobs have increased by almost 24 percent in the last decade to more than 134,240.

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Retail partners, such as supermarkets, convenience stores, restaurants and taverns that sell beer, employ 915,700 workers.

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