Mary Bauer is the Head Brewer of the Lagunitas Brewery in Chicago, IL. The new Chicago facility is capable of producing over 500,000 bbls of beer a year and is undergoing an expansion that will double that capacity.
Mary started her brewing career at Anheuser Busch InBev in their Research Pilot Brewery. She also spent 3 years at their Cartersville, GA brewery. Recently, Mary worked for Pepsi in the warehouse and quality departments but wanted to get back to her true passion… beer. Mary was recently named to the Crain’s Chicago Business 2014 Top 40 under 40 List.
Pete Crowley, co-owner and brewer of Haymarket Pub & Brewery, is a highly decorated brewer that has won over 50 local, national and international awards for his brewing creations including medals from the World Beer Cup, Great American Beer Festival and Festival of Wood and Barrel Aged Beer.
With over 20 years in craft brewing, Pete has become especially known for pioneering work in creating specialty beers aged in bourbon barrels, a brewing technique that has evolved into a defining style range in the Midwest and increasingly throughout the US.
Florian Kuplent has worked in a diverse range of brewing environments over nearly 2 decades in the brewing industry. Starting as a brewer’s apprentice in a small German brewery, Florian built his brewing knowledge working with such companies as Meantime Brewing Co. (UK), Brauerei Beck’s (Bremen Germany), Brouwerij Moortgat (Breendonk, Belgium), and Mash, (London, England).
Over several years with Anheuser-Busch, Florian was also given free rein to experiment with new ingredients and different recipes at the brewery’s experimental microbrewery, which was where he created a series of award-winning craft-style beers under the well-known Michelob brand. Florian is now Brewmaster at Urban Chestnut Co, in St. Louis, MO where he works to bring new & exciting ideas in brewing ales, lagers and specialty beers.
Chris Boggess has been the Head Brewer at 3 Floyd's Brewing Co since December 2006 and is a partner at WarPigs Brew Pub in Copenhagen, Denmark.
He is currently in the planning and construction phase for opening a distillery in late Spring/early Summer of 2015. From 1995 to 2006 he worked for Rock Bottom Brewing Company as Head Brewer/Senior Brewer of the Houston, Long Beach and Lombard locations.
Josh Deth is Chairman of the Party at Revolution Brewing in Chicago’s Logan Square neighborhood. Revolution Brewing operates two facilities, an award-winning brewpub and a 90,000 square foot production brewery that is rapidly expanding.
Previously he owned Handlebar, a small vegetarian bar and grill with a cozy beer garden and plenty of bike parking out back. After landing his first brewery job cleaning kegs at age 20, Josh later spent three years at Goose Island Beer Company. He also spent time as a community organizer, running the neighborhood chamber of commerce and growing the local farmers market.
John Mallett manages operations and beer production at Bell's Brewery Inc. in Kalamazoo MI. John has served in numerous capacities over his brewing career; he was head brewer of Boston's Commonwealth Brewery, Brewmaster at the Old Dominion Brewing Co in Ashburn VA and founder and President of SAAZ, an equipment and service provider for breweries both large and small.
John has lectured and written extensively, serves on many technical committees and is a widely known consulting resource. He is a recipient of the Institute for Brewing Studies Russell Schehrer Award for brewing innovation.