1. A Conversation with Lee Chase


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    The Craft Brewers Conference is in town, so who better to talk to for our Digital Conversation Series than Lee Chase! Chase started homebrewing with a couple of friends. They were inspired by a 'punk rock ethics and vegetarian cookbook' called Soy, not OI, and in particular, a recipe which espoused "screw the man, make your own beer!" And so they did... After a few years of discovering the vast array of flavors to be had in homebrews, and being enthralled with the science behind the process, Chase realized his calling and attended UCDavis to study Malting and Brewing Science. Over the next nine months, his studies helped him pass the prestigious Institute of Brewing's Associate Membership Examination, a 2-day, 9-hour long essay exam covering all facets of the malting and brewing process. With less that a 30% pass-rate world-wide, those that successfully complete the test are recognized as Brewmasters. Over the 9+ years that Chase was with Stone Brewing, the brewery grew from a small time brewery to an Internationally-recognized icon of craft brewing, culminating in the construction of a $13M brewing facility, and being distributed across 19 states nationwide. Stone was recognized for it's bold beers, bold attitude, high-quality, and tremendous growth. Lee is now Partner in Tiger! Tiger! and Blind Lady Ale House Restaurants as well as the head brewer at Automatic Brewing Company.

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