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  • Interview with a Brewmaster - Maryland Malt Master

    A part of the "Featured Brewery" activities this month on CellarMonk, we are lucky enough to interview the head brewer for the DuClaw Brewing Company.  Since we are covering almost every aspect of DuClaw, it was time for their head brewer, Jim Wagner, to sit down in the comfy computer chair of fame and answer some of the most important questions ever asked of a brewer.  Not really, but they are good questions.  So sit back, grab a HellRazer IPA (available locally in Maryland, sorry) and read on.

    Name(s): Jim Wagner

    jimheadshot357Brewery Name: DuClaw Brewing Company

    When did the brewery start? 

    How long have you been brewmaster there? 

    Any type of formal training in brewing science or art?  If not, how did you learn the craft? 
    No…home brewing since 1991

    If you will, a brief history of your brewing experience (where have you brewed)?
    Started pro with DuClaw in 1998

    How large is the brewery you currently brew for (# of barrels)?
    It is a 40bbl brewhouse with 5-40bbl and 5-80 bbl fermenters

    Is it automated or is there a lot of exercise involved in your brewery’s operation?
    Very little automation….other than the mash rakes; everything is handled by the brewer

  • Our Interviews with the Industry

    Our Interviews with the Industry

    The craft beer world has exploded in the last fifteen years to become something almost unrecognizable. Where once a city may have had one or two breweries, many now have ten to twenty. Some of these are of course brewpubs, yet a vast number are production breweries brewing for the retail market. WIth his explosion in breweries comes a host of new positions withing the craft beer industry. From cellarman to sales rep, brewery fabrication to publican, the industry is creating jobs at a frantic pace.

    We here at CellarMonk want to get to know the less glamourous jobs out there. Head Brewers and brewmasters tend to get most of the glory, but there are vital jobs being done behind the scenes to make things run efficiently and effectively.

    If you think you know someone that might be interested being interviewed about their job inside the industry.

    Our Industry Interviews are below

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