Mitch Steele, the brewmaster of Stone Brewing for the past decade, announced today that he will leave the Escondido, California-based brewery effective June 30.
Steele is leaving to start his own brewery, Stone announced. “The [Stone] breweries are going to be fine,” Steele said in a video posted on Stone’s YouTube channel. “They’re going to be up and running. … I have no doubt that the beers are going to be excellent coming from these spots. I’m here to help for as long as I can.”
Steele, a respected brewer among his peers, graduated from the University of California, Davis in 1984 with a Fermentation Science degree. Prior to working at Stone, he worked for Anheuser-Busch, managing brewhouse and fermenting operations in three breweries, and he developed new beers as part of the Anheuser-Busch Specialty Brewing Group in the mid 1990s. Steele is also the author of IPA: Brewing Techniques, Recipes and the Evolution of India Pale Ale.
Steele said more information on his new venture would be announced in the coming weeks.
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