Local brewpub favorite Laurelwood Brewing Co. has announced Shane Watterson as its new Brewmaster, replacing the outgoing Vasilios Gletsos as he moves to Vermont’s Hill Farmstead Brewing.
Watterson has worked for Laurelwood over 4 years in the capacity of brewer and recently the lead brewer. He brings a wealth of knowledge and enthusiasm to the position, plus he’s a homegrown Portland resident. “I look forward to the opportunity to learn new things and come up with fun beers,” stated Watterson.
Watterson’s experience in the brewing world isn’t just here at Laurelwood. He has worked as an assistant brewer at Deschutes Brewing in Portland, went through the Beer Judge Certification Program, was the education chair for the Oregon Brew Crew, attended the American Brewer’s Guild Intensive Brewing Science & Engineering Program, and started as a avid home brewer. When asked what his main goals and objectives are as the new brewmaster of Laurelwood, Watterson said, “This first year is to continue what Vasili has planned out. I want to establish a little more of our sour beer and barrel aging programs, and build more camaraderie amongst the guys in the brewery.”
The transition from former Brewmaster Vasili Gletsos to Watterson will take place over the next few months, until Gletsos’ final departure for Hill Farmstead Brewery in Vermont mid-December.
Cheers to Shane Watterson, the new Brewmaster of Laurelwood Brewing Company!
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