Bart Whipple was a beer enthusiast and drawn to what Sierra Nevada was doing over thirty-five years ago when he applied for a job in the bottle shop. Perseverance for achievement and long-term endurance for the ever-changing craft brewing industry has paid off as Bart has worked his way up to the position of Assistant Brewmaster – Supply Chain Manager, Brewing Raw Materials. When not at the brewery, Bart enjoys fishing and the outdoors.
Dustin Camphouse is an Experienced Field Representative with a history of working in the malt barley industry. Currently, he assists with contracting barley and wheat to be used for Great Western Malting. Also, manages logistics of delivering small grains in a “just in time” environment utilizing 8-14 hopper bottom trucks and railroad capabilities.
EPISODE 8: AT THE TABLE WITH SIERRA NEVADA
TOBY TUCKER – DIRECTOR OF SALES, COUNTRY MALT GROUP
BART WHIPPLE – ASSISTANT BREWMASTER – SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGER, BREWING RAW MATERIALS, SIERRA NEVADA
DUSTIN CAMPHOUSE – GRAIN FIELD REPRESENTATIVE, GREAT WESTERN MALTING
Key Points From This Episode:
- The story of how Bart got into craft beer and landed a spot at Sierra Nevada 36 years ago.
- What it is like buying the raw ingredients and having to present them to the brewers.
- Hear about Bart’s ability to determine the quality of malt just by opening the railcar.
- Their processes for checking the quality of a load and why you have to trust your suppliers.
- What smaller breweries can do to ensure that they are sourcing good quality malt.
- How malt quality and consistency have changed over time and how Sierra Nevada maintains its standard.
- The outreach program they launched to help the victims of the California wildfires.
- Learn about Sierra Nevada’s commitment to environmental sustainability.
- Bart talks about Hazy Little Thing – their hop-forward pale ale that became the benchmark.
- The shift toward session and non-alcoholic beers and what Bart likes to drink nowadays.