Tuesday, 17 April 2012

Meet the 2012 Team

The previous blog described the beginnings of Natural Selection Brewing last year. As a reminder NSB is the overarching brand that each year 4 new students work under to launch a new beer to market. By having a new team every year NSB is unlike any other brewery. More of a phoenix than a cuckoo, it rises from the ashes of the previous year with new ambitions and targets to achieve.

The raison d'etre of NSB is to provide four students with the experience of developing a new beer and bringing it to market. Importantly this experience is then written into a formal report that goes towards the Brewing and Distilling qualification they are working towards. The content of the report will be slightly different for each member of the team as they will focus on the parts of the project that they are responsible for. Although they are each responsible for different aspects of the project, the students will work closely together, each gaining experience of all aspects of the project.

So this is the team for 2012:

Kristen Ewer @kristenewer

Where is home?  New Jer-zee (translation: New Jersey)
Role in NSB?  Quality Control
What's your background?  Chemistry, I have lab coats with my name embroidered on them.
Favorite beer?  I have a soft spot for Belgians, so Westvleteren 12.
Pirates or ninjas? Pirates!

John Woodford @john_woodford

Where is home?  Omaha, Nebraska
Role in NSB?  I'm the Lead Brewer
What's your background?  I studied chemistry at Iowa State.
Favorite beer? Boulevard Brewing - Collaboration No.2, it's a great white IPA.
Pirates or ninjas? Ninjas of course.

Shane O'Beirne @shaneobeirne

Where is home?  Galway, Ireland
Role in NSB?  Sales and Marketing
What's your background?  I have worked as project manager for a number of years and have a degree in engineering and a post-grad in management.
Favorite beer? Tough question, it's hard to beat a good Black Isle porter.
Pirates or ninjas? Pirates.

Denis Johnstone @denisjohnstone

Where is home?  West Lothian, Scotland
Role in NSB?  PR and Brand Development 
What's your background?  BSc Hons. Ecological Science - University of Edinburgh / Former BrewDog Assistant Brewer
Favorite beer? My favorite is the Mikkeller, Brewdog collaboration I Hardcore U
Pirates or ninjas? Pirates, they just arrrrr better.

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