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Brendan Kingston
Having taught beer classes all over the Northeast, Brendan Kingston, a native of Wethersfield, CT joined the B. United family in 2006. Since then, he has spent countless hours learning about beers through research and his travel to breweries in both the US and around the globe. Outside of work, he home brews and hosts a podcast about beer history.
Jon Lundbom
Having taught beer and cheese classes all over NYC, Jon Lundbom joined the B. United family in 2008. Jon’s enthusiasm for beer dates back to college, when he ventured into the world of home brewing and beer appreciation. Since then he has worked for Artisanal Premium Cheese Company in NYC furthering his studying of world-class cheeses, food and drinks. Now with B.United International, Jon travels the world on his never-ending quest to learn even more about the world’s best beers, cidres, sakes, and meads. In his spare time, Jon is lead guitarist, composer, and bandleader of the "Jon Lundbom & Big Five Chord".
Benjamin Neidhart
Benjamin Neidhart has worked for B. United International Inc. since 2005. He initially started his career in advertising, but soon realized that beer was his passion. He loves to drink and learn about great beers and cidres so he regularly travels to great beer and cidre producing countries to learn about their culture- such as Germany, Belgium, UK, France, Switzerland, Austria, Italy, and Japan. Ben has spent time working at Domaine E. Dupont (France) & Aecht Schlenkerla (Germany) helping in operations while learning about the production technique. In his spare time, Ben is a cyclist and an amateur home-renovator on his own house.
Guest Instructors
Jerome Rebetez, Brewmaster of Brasserie des Franches-Montagnes (BFM)
Brewmaster and owner of Brasserie des Franches-Montagnes (BFM), Jerome Rebetez's brewery has been one of the pillars of the Swiss craft beer renaissance being one of the first to start barrel aging. Originally having studied enology, he changed to beer brewing because it allowed for more creativity. He always works to produce the best- raw materials are carefully chosen and he always focuses on quality ingredients, always original and difficult to integrate. Thus, his artisan ales are individualistically crafted with strong character, revealing lots of body, complexity, and finesse. Jerome is raw, comical, and extremely passionate. An afternoon spent with Jerome is not to be missed!
Giovanni Campari, Brewmaster of Birrificio del Ducato
Giovanni Campari, as head brewmaster of Birrificio Del Ducato, has led the brewery to become one of the most awarded in all of Italy. With a great sense of humor, Giovanni has a wide range of brewing technique and is capable of brewing a multitude of different styles of beers. He originally did not intend to be a commercial brewer but since he graduated with a degree in Food Science and Technology, he was always fascinated by the magic of fermentation. So it was not long before he decided to become a professional brewmaster. Before he made this leap, he entered into a brewing apprenticeship under the watchful eye of Brewmaster Agostino Arioli at Birrificio Italiano (one of the oldest Italian craft brewery). With Agostino Arioli’s assistance, Giovanni was able to develop solid recipes that allowed him to combine the influence of German traditionalism with American Weft Cost liberalism to create magnificent beers. Giovanni is always using creative combinations of malts, spices, and hops to create inviting flavors and aromas that make his beers one of the best in the world.
Hans-Peter Drexler, Brewmaster of Schneider Weisse (G. Schneider & Sohn Brewery)
Hans-Peter Drexler has been brewmaster of the Schneider Weisse Brewery for the past 25 years. Along with Georg Schneider VI, Hans-Peter has built upon the brewery's legacy with the creation of Schneider Edel Weisse, Aventinus Eisbock and Schneider-Brooklyner Hopfenweisse (A collaboration with Brooklyn Brewery's Brewmaster Garrett Oliver). Hans-Peter Drexler is the foremost expert of wheat beer and is extremely knowledgeable on all facets of the brewing world.
Etienne Dupont, Cidre-Master and Current Patriarchal of Dupont Cidery
Etienne Dupont, third generation of cidre master, and current patriarchal of the Dupont Family Estate in Normandy, France (Pays d’Auge region). The Dupont family in the Pays d’Auge region in Normandy goes back for more than 3 centuries to 1703. Etienne Dupont took over the reins of the family estate in 1980, succeeding his father, Louis. He extended the estate, concentrating it activities around cider and calvados production. The old orchards were redeveloped and ten further hectares (24 acres) of low growing apple trees were planted. He went to Cognac, France to immerse himself in the best techniques of double distillation. Etienne Dupont is behind the creation of the appellation controlee A.O.C Pays d’ Auge.
Matthias Neidhart, President of B. United International Inc.
The man that is revolutionizing the way fine beer, cidre, mead, sake, and spirit is imported. Matthias Neidhart defines what it means to have passion in ones work and is constantly innovating and redefining. His newest unique creation is the Zymatore brand. He transfers old classics into completely new products by destroying the conventional boundaries between beer & wine through aging extraordinary beer in extraordinary wine barrels. Matthias is a storyteller. Every beer has a story and he cannot wait to tell it to you!
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