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2022 Speakers
A selection of experts in the craft beer industry that are influencing the industry worldwide. Both international and local experts that will give you an insight into what can be achieved in the industry and what is still to come to South Africa:
Rob Heyns
Master of ceremonies
League of Beers Rob Heyns founded League of Beers in 2012 as a way to bring crafters and drinkers of quality beer closer together. Since then, and after joining forces with Yuppiechef in 2013, League of Beers has shared the stories and flavours of craft with over 200 000 foodies and beer fans across South Africa.
Stéphane Meulemans
Fermentis Stéphane graduated from the University of Louvain as a Chemical Engineer specialized in Food Science. Following an additional MBA completed at the K.U. Leuven, he started as process engineer at the Alken-Maes Brewery in Belgium. In 1994, he joined the Food Science Department of Pfizer. From 1997 until 2013, he developed Global Sales of hops for Yakima Chief, Inc. From 2005 together with a partner, he started up and developed Brasserie de Jandrain-Jandrenouille. In 2014, he joined the Group Lesaffre as GM of the Business Unit Fermentis.
Warren Wiese
AbInBev Production Brewer for Newlands Spring Brewing Company, Warren studied a BSC Microbiology & later obtained his Master Brewer Diploma through the Institute of Brewing and Distilling. Warrens career started with SAB at Alrode Brewery in Johannesburg in 2007 as a Brewing Technical Operator, from there he completed a Brewing Technical Traineeship and moved over to Cellars as a Yeast Specialist. His passion was always craft beer and was given the opportunity to head up Fransen Street Brewery in 2015. In 2018 his dream of working at Newlands came to fruition & was asked to head up Newlands Spring Brewing Company.
Heine du Toit
Okavango Brewing Co. 4 years ago Heine – a Food Science professional - was presented with two small bags of sorghum and millet from Botswana. The clients, wildlife biologists and now business partner's all loved beer and it was unanimously agreed that beer should indeed be the end result of this venture. So they started experimenting... The initial results were disastrous! 4 years down the line they just opened a brewpub brewery and DIY micro malting operation in the Okavango Delta in Maun with the mission to empower local farmers to practise conservation friendly agriculture supplying them with millet.
Joerg Kress
BASF Joerg started his brewing career at Eichbaum Brewery in Mannheim where he learned Malster and Brewing. In 1999 he then went back to school to study Brewing Technology at TU Munich and finished in 2004. Upon completion of his studies, Joerg took on the role of technical services & applications in BASF’s Brewing business in 2005, during the time, his functions were mainly supporting global & regional parts. Since 2010 to date, Joerg was promoted to Technical Sales & Marketing Manager for the EMEA region in Beverages Processing Polymers.
Spike Buckowski
Terrapin Brewing Company Brian "Spike" Buckowski is Brewmaster and Co-Founder of Terrapin Beer Company. Creating world-class beer recipes for Terrapin is not only his job, but his passion. Since Terrapin's launch in 2002, Spike has racked up numerous medals & awards for his outstanding brews. This includes gold medals at the Great American Beer Festival for his Rye Pale Ale & Tree Hugger & a silver medal at the World Beer Cup for his Golden Ale. Spike is a current member of the Master Brewers Association. He enjoys music, concerts, travel, & a nice cold Terrapin.
Maria Skalli
Yakima Chief Hops Maria is the New Distributor Accounts Manager at Yakima Chief Hops. Yakima Chief Hops is a 100% grower-owned global supplier of premium quality hops and uncompromising service. Located in Scotland, Maria covers Europe and Africa and works to connect brewers and Yakima Chief Hops products with the help of their various distribution partners. Maria has previous 5 years’ experience in the Malt Extract industry.
Hennie Blom
Dematech Hennie’s story in the beverage industry starts with what is still his favourite beverage – beer. It all began as a group of Stellenbosch engineering students trying to reduce the cost of their slightly excessive beer intake. He started homebrewing with pots, gas burners and cooler boxes & produced some truly horrible beers. Once he completed his studies he worked at Darling Brew for 3.5 years & enjoyed every moment. An opportunity at Dematech then presented itself as a Beverage technologist, focusing on soft drink production and has been involved with new product development & production at Dematech ever since.
Axel Jany
Weyermann® Axel Jany is the team leader of the International Customer Consultants at Weyermann® Specialty Malts in Bamberg, Germany. As a trained brewer and maltster with a brewmaster degree from VLB Berlin, Axel has over 33 years of professional brewing experience. He is the technical link between brewers and distribution partners around the globe & the famous malthouse in Bamberg. Axel and his team offer customer support, finding the right Weyermann® specialty malts, recipe development as well as giving brewing advise. As a certified Doemens beer sommelier, he also judges at international beer events.
Christopher Rothmann
LiquidCulture Christopher has a M.Sc. in Mycology/Biotechnology & is currently completing his Ph.D. in Food Biotechnology, specializing in mycology. Having started brewing at a young age, the growing passion for fermentation sciences has led to the start of their own brewery (Kraft Brewing Co.) in Bloemfontein, formally established in 2017. Christopher is the CEO and co-founder of LiquidCulture Yeast Laboratories established in 2018 & located at the University of the Free State, providing liquid yeast propagation & fermentation consultation for home-brewers & commercial breweries & is committed to the Craft Brewing community & actively involved in festivals, indabas etc.
Shawn Duthie
African Beer Cup Shawn is the Co-founder and Competition Director of the African Beer Cup Awards. He is also the owner of Dissident Brewing Company in Cape Town. Brewer & former president of the Southyeasters Homebrewers Club, Shawn judged his first competition in 2009 in South Korea. He has been instrumental in setting up BJCP competitions and judging exams in Cape Town.
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