We are a husband-wife consultant team who share a common interest in beer and brewing. We began as home-brewers in Austin, Texas where we were both Biology / German Studies students at the University of Texas. During a year-long student exchange program at the Julius Maximilians Universität in Würzburg, we had the opportunity to gather valuable first impressions of the brewing traditions of Europe, particularly the numerous and outstanding breweries in the region of Franconia (Franken).
Working professionally as high school science teachers back in the US allowed us to indulge our appetite for finding new and interesting breweries in the still formative craft brewing industry during our time off in the summer months. Eventually, however, home-brewing failed to satiate the brewers within us, and we moved into professional brewing, acquiring experience in a number of different breweries.
For those seeking a quality education in Brewing Science, especially one based in the principles of engineering, Germany is the obvious choice. Therefore, we moved to Freising, Germany, in order to pursue degrees as Diplom Braumeister in Weihenstephan, which is part of the Technische Universität München. All the lectures and laboratory classes are in German, but our background in German Studies had prepared us for this contingency. After working for a short while and completing a number of practical internships in various breweries, we attended Weihenstephan a second time. This time it was to enroll in the M.Sc. (Diplom Ingenieur) program in Brewing / Beverage Science and Engineering. During this time we were fortunate enough to have both received graduate scholarships in Brewing and Malting Science from the American Society of Brewing Chemists Foundation. Since successfully completing our studies, we have been actively working in a freelance capacity in the fields of consulting and translating, while keeping our fingers on the pulse of the international brewing and beverage industries.