This interview is part one of two.
The Guinness Open Gate Brewery & Barrel House opens its doors officially to the public on Friday, August 3, marking the return Guinness brewing to American shores for the first time in 64 years.
With this milestone just around the corner, I thought it would be a good time for us to take a trip in the wayback machine to a fun conversation I had with Hollie Stephenson, head brewer at Guinness Open Gate Brewery — who is equal parts badass and super sweet — as she was looking ahead to what 2018 would bring.
Oliver Gray of Guinness with Hollie Stephenson
Following brewing school in England, Hollie’s brewing career began on the ground floor of Stone Brewing in San Diego (“literally,” as she put it, scrubbing floors) as an assistant brewer. As time went on, she worked her way up through various roles, ultimately becoming the brewery supervisor.
She would leave, however, to return to the east coast to become the brewmaster of Highland Brewing in Asheville, North Carolina — she’s credited with revitalizing their beer portfolio during her tenure there. Now, Hollie oversees the day-to-day operations of the Guinness Open Gate Brewery & Barrel House has their head brewer, working alongside Guinness brewmaster Peter Wiens.
But becoming a brewer wasn’t always the plan.
Peter and Hollie.
Get to know Hollie — and learn more about her “mystery dubbel” — in this episode of the Pintcast.
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- Carolina Beer Guy: Highland’s head brewer leaves Asheville for Guinness’ Maryland brewery
- Guinness US on Twitter & Guinness Open Gate Brewery website
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