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Sierra Nevada’s Brewmaster Steve Dresler Announces Retirement

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Steve Dressler and myself

Steve Dresler and myself

Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.’s Brewmaster, Steve Dresler, has announced that he plans to retire next year.  Dresler has been in charge of Sierra Nevada’s brewing program since the early 1980s, after joining Sierra Nevada in 1983.

 

I interviewed Steve Dresler in 2001 at Belmont Station. Watch that video below.


 
Under Dresler’s direction, Sierra Nevada won eight World Beer Cup awards and 31 GABF medals.  He has overseen the development and production of almost all of their new beers for more than 30 years.  Last year, the Brewers Association awarded him the Russell Schehrer Award for Innovation in Brewing, an honor selected by a committee made up of members of the BA’s advisory board.  Sierra Nevada is the first and only two-time winner of this award.   
 
Of Dresler’s retirement, Sierra Nevada founder Ken Grossman said, “It’s bittersweet.  Steve is an iconic figure in our brewery and in the industry.  His talent and personality are legendary, and he has set the tone in our production department for years.  I wish him all the best in this much-deserved retirement.”
 
Although Dresler will work into 2017, Sierra Nevada will post the Chico head brewer position immediately in order to allow time for an extensive search, as well as for Dresler to help train the selected candidate.   
 
About Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. 
Founded in 1980, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. is one of America’s premier craft breweries, highly regarded for using only the finest quality ingredients. The pioneering spirit that launched Sierra Nevada now spans both coasts with breweries in Chico, California and Mills River, North Carolina. Sierra Nevada has set the standard for craft brewers worldwide with innovations in the brewhouse as well as advances in sustainability. It is famous for its extensive line of beers including Pale Ale, Torpedo®, Hop Hunter® IPA, Nooner® Pilsner, Otra Vez™, Kellerweis®, Porter, Stout and a host of seasonal, specialty and limited release beers. Learn more at www.sierranevada.com.

Founder of The New School and most frequent contributor Ezra Johnson-Greenough has worked in the craft beer industry for almost 10 years, doing everything from illustrating beer labels to bartending at renowned beer bars and breweries like Belmont Station, Apex, Laurelwood and Upright Brewing. He has also had a hand in creating events like the Portland Fruit Beer Festival, Portland Beer Week, and the Brewing up Cocktails series. He is available for freelance consultation in marketing, events, graphic design and branding. Contact: [email protected]

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