Moderator – Landon Swanson
Landon Swanson is the Head Brewer for Pueblo Vida Brewing Co. and has been a professional brewer since 2009. Landon received a Bachelors degree in the Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences from South Dakota State University. After dropping out of graduate school he left his government job to start brewing professionally which eventually helped him migrate to Arizona four years ago. He lives in Tucson, AZ with his wife where they mostly ride bikes, brew, and grow food.
Panelist – Ben Vernon
Yo, Benjamin Vernon, Co-Founder and Head Brewer at Crooked Tooth Brewing Co. I’m a Wildcat with a BA in Soil and Water Chemistry. Mostly I’m just a husband, father, hard-working SOB, OCD, sleep deprived, well caffeinated, being with a lot to share, and loves beer! Tucsonan for life, loves my city community, most people, always questions authority, rarely conforms and generally tries to be a good human being.
Panelist – Alya Kapahi
Ayla Kapahi is the head brewer for Borderlands Brewing Company. She previously brewed for the nano-experimental brewery Public Brewhouse in Tucson, AZ. Ayla has 4 years of commercial brewing experience and has received training from UC Davis.
Panelist – Gabe Wilson
Gabe Wilson, Head Brewer at SanTan Brewing Company, is an ASU Chemical Engineering grad who turned focus to craft beer. After completing the UC Davis Master Brewers Program in 2004, worked as a brewer in Sacramento, built a brewery in Costa Rica, then returned to AZ and started at SanTan in 2010. Since 2010 Gabe has helped the company navigate from large brewpub status to regional brewery and the largest craft brewery in the state.
Panelist – Spencer Tielkemeier
Spencer Tielkemeier is the East Division Lead for Yakima Chief Hops. He spent 9 years in as a production brewer in Austin, TX, specializing in hop-forward and continental lager styles. Since joining YCH Hops, Spencer has been a key part of their Technical Solutions team, developing new products, honing best-practices for product usage, and providing tailored customer support in challenging product application scenarios. Additionally, he provides market insight and a grower-to-brewer feedback channel to brewers in Eastern North America, enhancing the value-added supply chain for YCH customers. Spencer lives in Chattanooga, TN with his wife and dog. You can reach him at: firstname.lastname@example.org