We recently discovered some interesting news regarding a few new breweries in the Portland/Columbia Gorge region. Walking Man brewmaster Dan Munch has announced that he is leaving to pursue a brewing position with Craft Brew Alliance (CBA) in Portland. Following in the footsteps of his Walking Man predecessor, Jacob Leonard who is currently with CBA where Widmer, Redhook, and Kona beers are brewed. Munch took over the lead brewing responsibilities last February after Leonard departed for Portland. Munch is a graduate of Siebel Institute of Technology‘s Brewing Technology program and is sure to bring a lot to CBA’s ever-growing brewhouse.
Replacing Munch at Walking Man will be Bolton “Bolt” Minister who has served as assistant brewer at the Rock Bottom Brewery in Portland since March 2009. Before his time with Rock Bottom, he served as head brewer at Astoria Brewing at Wet Dog Cafe in Astoria, OR for two years. Minister starts his position at Walking Man on July 2, four days before Munch departs. Both brewers are excited about their new positions and so are those who have enjoyed their beers. Congratulations to both and best of luck to them in the future!