By Angelo De Ieso & D.J. Paul
Over the weekend we were privy to some sad yet positive news regarding the Portland area beer scene. As of Friday, Bolton “Bolt” Minister left his position as Brewmaster at Old Town Brewing in Northeast Portland.
This news caught us by surprise as Minister has been garnering some major national and international brewing awards over the past few years when he has been at the helm at Old Town Brewing. These have been various medals at both the Great American Beer Festival and World Beer Cup. Not too shabby of a resume for his short tenure at Old Town Brewing Co.
Now with Old Town Brewing in his past, Minister begins work in full to get things moving along with the opening of his own production brewery. No specific location has been found but he will open the brewery north of the Columbia River in Washington’s Clark County. This will allow him to brew his fabulous lower gravity beers closer to home
and his family outside of Vancouver.
Below you can read more about how Minister got into brewing and what lies ahead for one of Portland and the Northwest’s most personable brewers.
Where are you from originally?
BM: I was born, raised, and still live in Clark County Washington.
Tell us about your work history in the craft beer industry? Where did you work first? What got you into brewing?
BM: Finding brewing as a career was a funny route for me. I was a history major at Washington State University in Vancouver, where I wrote several papers on German immigration and the brewing industry. So it was a historical interest in the growth of the American brewing industry that first got me brewing beer with my wife at home. After that first batch at home I realized that I wanted to learn much more and soon became focused on pursing brewing as a career.
My first job was at Philadelphia’s in Sellwood where I brewed once a week, but mostly I was making cheese-steaks and reading any brewing book I could get my hands on. After Philly’s I moved to Astoria Brewing Company where I was able to work with some wonderful people and get a practical knowledge of how to helm a small craft brewing shop. From Astoria I went to Rock Bottom Brewing in Portland. It was at Rock Bottom where I really got a proper education in how to become a brewer by working for Van Havig and later Charlie Hutchins.
What beers have you won national awards for?
BM: The following medals have been awarded:
Gold – 2013 Great American Beer Festival – Cent’s & Censability Fresh Hop Pale Ale
Silver – 2014 World Beer Cup – I’d Like to Buy the World a Kolsch – Kolsch-style Ale
Bronze – 2014 World Beer Cup – Paulie’s NOT Irish Red – Irish Red-style Ale
Silver – 2014 Great American Beer Festival – I’d Like to Buy the World a Kolsch – Kolsch-style Ale
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This post was written by Angelo on December 8, 2014