Search Underway For Steve Dresler’s Replacement At Chico, CA Brewery
What do you call it when a brewmaster retires – he hangs up his beer mugs?
He’s finished fermenting, is hopping away from the hops?
Whatever is may be – and with a few beers it’s possible to think of a few more cute phrases – that’s what Steve Dresler is doing at the end of next year. The longtime brewmaster of Sierra Nevada is leaving the brewery in 2017.
Dresler has been in charge of Sierra Nevada’s brewing program since the early 1980s and joined Sierra Nevada in 1983.
Under Dresler’s direction, Sierra Nevada won eight World Beer Cup awards and 31 GABF medals. He has overseen the development and production of almost all of their new beers for more than 30 years.
Last year, the Brewers Association awarded him the Russell Schehrer Award for Innovation in Brewing, an honor selected by a committee made up of members of the BA’s advisory board. Sierra Nevada is the first and only two-time winner of this award.
“It’s bittersweet,” said Sierra Nevada founder Ken Grossman. “Steve is an iconic figure in our brewery and in the industry. His talent and personality are legendary, and he has set the tone in our production department for years.
“I wish him all the best in this much-deserved retirement.”
Although Dresler will work into 2017, Sierra Nevada will post the Chico head brewer position immediately in order to allow time for an extensive search, as well as for Dresler to help train his replacement.