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Seattle Made Brewers’ Shoptalk

October 11, 2018 | 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm


Meet us at Redhook Brewlab on Capitol Hill for Seattle Made Brewers’ Shoptalk on Thursday, October 11th for a lively discussion about all things craft beer!

Moderated by Kendall Jones of Washington Beer Blog, we’ll be joined by panelists from Seattle’s most beloved breweries including Redhook BreweryPopuluxe Brewing, Pike Brewing CompanyStoup Brewing, and Georgetown Brewing Company! Discussion topics will include sustainability practices, what’s made Seattle such a hot spot for brewers, and the future of the industry in our city. Attendees will have the opportunity to participate in a Q&A session and tickets include a draft pint from Redhook or one of our guest panelists’ breweries. This program is presented in partnership with Redhook Brewery and Washington Beer Blog. 

When: Thurday, October 11, 2018 5:30 – 8:30pm
Panel discussion from 6:30 – 7:30 with seating available on a first come first serve basis.

Where: Redhook Brewlab – 714 E Pike St, Seattle, WA 98122 (map)

Cost: $10; Tickets include a draft pint from Redhook or one of our guest panelists’ breweries.



Nick Crandall, Head Brewer: Redhook Brewlab 

I started my brewing career during college with a part time keg washing job at Boundary Bay which turned into full time cellarman position over time. In 2011 I left to continue my voyage in the brewing world and ended up in Woodinville working at the Redhook production facility as a Cellarman and then Brewer. Over time innovative projects took more and more time up and the role of Innovation Brewer was created. With the founding of Brewlab the training wheels were off and the playground has opened up to continued innovation.

Matt Edwards, Research and Development Brewer: Georgetown Brewing Company 

I am a Research and Development Brewer at Georgetown Brewing Company and I’ve been brewing professionally in the Seattle area for 11 years.  The majority of my focus is creating new beers, helping build relationships between hop growers, hop brokers and Georgetown, market place awareness and working to improve and adapt our core brands.  When I first moved to Seattle 11 years ago after finishing college I had planned/tried to get a job teaching middle/high school English, but had zero luck in that attempt so I figured I’d give brewing a shot since home brewing was my favorite hobby.  I’m pretty happy with my decision to peruse a career in the brewing industry.

Brad Benson, Head Brewer and Director of Brewing Operations: Stoup Brewing

Brad graduated from Gonzaga University with a B.S. in Chemistry and has been crafting beer for more than 20 years. Professionally, he has brewed for both established breweries and start-up operations. His brewing background includes a high volume brewpub, a packaging brewery that specialized in decoction brewing of German style wheat beers and a start-up where he was responsible for recipe formulation, production and packaging as well as building the brewery’s laboratory and sensory panel. In 2013, Benson founded Stoup Brewing together with partners, Lara Zahaba and Robyn Schumacher. Located in Seattle’s Ballard neighborhood, Stoup Brewing is a family friendly brewery and tap room in the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle.

Peter Charbonnier, Co-owner and Head Brewer: Populuxe Brewing 

Co-founders Peter Charbonnier and Amy Besunder started Populuxe Brewing in 2012. Peter had been a home brewer for many years and as his brewing equipment began to outgrow their garage, they began to seek out a commercial space.They found a slightly larger garage within two blocks of their longtime home in Ballard and after 8 months of DYI’ing together a brewery, they opened the doors to their nanobrewery. Fast forward four year Populuxe opened a larger space which includes a beer garden, a state of the art tasting room and a full arcade.


John Hall, Brewer: Pike Brewing Company

John fell in love with beer in 2009 in Portland, ME, and started brewing in 2011 while living in Aspen, CO. He read through some of How to Brew by John J. Palmer, and decided to make a couple of batches. John had experience in the wine industry, but felt that what he really wanted to be doing was making beer and be part of producing a great product that people enjoyed. Before joining the team at Pike Brewing Company, John worked for Brewery Ferment, of Traverse City, MI, where he was the assistant brewer. He left Ferment to attend the Siebel Institute of Chicago and the Doemens Academy of Munich.

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October 11, 2018
5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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714 E Pike St
Seattle, WA 98122 United States
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