Earth Rider Brewery announced today that Allyson Rolph and Tim Wilson will be their lead brewers when they open in Superior, Wisconsin, in October. Earth Rider is the brainchild of Fitger’s Brewhouse founder Tim Nelson and craft brewery consulting group, Bev-Craft. According to a press release, both brewers were selected for their extensive experience and balanced skill sets.
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Rolph has been the head brewer at Thirsty Pagan Brewing in Superior since 2012. She has completed professional brewing courses with the Siebel Institute of Technology, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, and Hop Union. During her time at Thirsty Pagan, Rolph earned a reputation as a creative brewer and launched a successful sour-beer and barrel-aging program.
Wilson got his start in brewing at Fitger’s Brewhouse in 2012. He has been at Bent Paddle since 2014 as their lead cellerman. According to a press release, Wilson is a process specialist particularly adept at training and establishing procedures.
Bev-Craft Director of Brewing Frank Kaszuba, another Fitger’s expat, will oversee Earth Rider’s brewing production. Kaszuba has 21 years of brewing experience and is a Great American Beer Festival medalist.
“I think we have assembled a dream-team of brewers,” Kaszuba said in a press release. “The balance of Allyson’s and Tim’s hot- and cold-side skillsets will make Earth Rider’s beers consistent and of the highest quality.”
Earth Rider Brewery will be located near the High Bridge at 1617 N. 3rd Street (the former home of Leamon Mercantile Co.), with plans to service the Twin Ports, and the South and North Shores of Lake Superior.