Summer Brewers, Part one

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As the southern gateway to Yellowstone park (which receives 3 million visitors a year!),  Jackson Hole gets extremely busy in the summer. For the last few years we’ve had an intern program to beef up our crew during the crunch times and to help train some enthusiastic new brewers. (Intern is a bit of misnomer, these are full paid but temporary positions.)

For 2011 we have two noobs in the brewhouse, today I’d like to introduce Acacia Baldner. Acacia came to us from baldnerStanding Stone Brewery in Ashland, Oregon where she served an apprenticeship last summer under the tutelage of Brewmaster Larry Chase. (Thanks for training us up a great employee Larry!)

Acacia, 23,  is a 2011 graduate of Southern Oregon University with a BS in Chemistry. Hailing from Bend, Oregon and then Ashland, Baldner purports to be a true Northwest Hop head but also enjoys the Belgian Sours. She claims her desert island beer would be a nut brown ale.

With a hop-growing homebrewer father, Acacia caught the brewing bug early on and after starting a pre-med program,  she decided brewing was more to her liking. Acacia’s long term goal is to return to Oregon to open her own brewery. In the meantime, she is enrolled at UC Davis for the Master Brewers Program this fall. And when that program ends she’ll be gettin’ hitched next spring. Congrats!

Acacia will be exploring the Tetons as much as possible this summer. She enjoys mtn. biking with her fellow brewers (!), hiking in the mountains and floating the rivers.

Acacia has been cranking out lots of brews for us this summer and we hope to give her a well-rounded background in cellar ops and packaging as well.

Thanks A and welcome to the team!!

Acacia’s all over the blogosphere! Check her out here and here

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