Ancestry Brewing Announces New Head Brewer

Ancestry Brewing Company of Tualatin, Oregon, has announced new Head Brewer Brian Engdahl on the heels of  expanding capacity after recently signing a distribution agreement with Maletis Beverage. Engdahl joined the Ancestry brewing team back in May before being recently promoted to Head Brewer.

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“Brian is a very driven guy who relentlessly pursues goals,” said Ancestry General Manager Jeremy Turner. “He has a great mix of drive, creativity, talent, and scientific background. ”A graduate of Oregon State University’s Fermentation Science Program, Engdahl worked as
a shift brewer at Widmer for two years before moving to Ancestry.

“I am extremely excited to help Ancestry continue to make great beer and to add to the wide array of beers we already produce,” he said. “Our brewery is set up so that we can constantly innovate, which I have always had a passion for.”

Engdahl, who prefers dark and balanced beers, hopes to expand Ancestry’s popular line of “pub culture” beers—low abv and low IBU but full character—while improving on the wide reputation for clean, late-hopped IPAs.

“One of my schools of thought, is that creativity and new product development are key in the Pacific Northwest craft beer scene,” Engdahl said. “With that in mind, I plan to continue the culture we have here at Ancestry, of continuous new product development. We all have creative minds here and I cannot wait to see what we can cook up together.”

Ancestry Brewing looks forward to Brian’s mass production expertise to help manage the newly-signed partnership with Maletis Beverage, who distributes Ancestry beer in Portland-metro as well as some outside territories. The company is still self-distributed in Corvallis, Eugene and Bend.

Founded in 2016 by father-and-son team Jerry and Jeremy Turner, Ancestry Brewing is based in Tualatin, Ore., outside of Portland. The family-owned brewery brews well-balanced ales and lagers with a focus on clean fermentation. Ancestry is distributed by Maletis Beverage in Portland-metro, and self-distributed to Eugene, Corvallis and Bend. Follow Ancestry’s new releases on Facebook and Instagram (@ancestrybrewing).

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  • JF
    Mon Nov 27, 2017 9:06 PM

    I’m really enjoying the “in Tualatin” and “outside Portland” designations here.