We have some big brewing news coming out of Cellar Dweller today.
Head Brewer Steve Shaw announced this morning that he is leaving Cellar Dweller and will join the new Wiedemann Brewing project in St. Bernard.
Here is his initial release, we have some Q&A with him after the jump:
I want to share with family, friends and coworkers that I have made the very difficult decision to resign from my position as Head Brewer for Valley Vineyards/Cellar Dweller Craft beers. My last day with Cellar Dweller will be October 6, 2017.
I would like to thank my sister and brother-in-law, Dodie Schuchter and Kenny Schuchter, the owners of Valley Vineyards/Cellar Dweller, for the opportunity to be their first brewer and the opportunity to grow in this business. I would also like to thank my niece, Tiffany Schuchter, for all the help and support she has given me in the growth of Cellar Dweller.
I would like to announce that I have accepted the Head Brewers position with the Geo. Wiedemann Brewing Company. I am grateful to Jon and Betsy Newberry for giving me this opportunity and trusting me to be the head brewer to bring the Geo. Wiedemann Brewing Company back to the Greater Cincinnati area. This new brewery is going to be a great addition to the growing beer scene in Greater Cincinnati.
I also want to thank my wife, Kim, and my two boys, Cody and Ryan, for all the support you have given me over the years to make my dreams of becoming a brewer a reality. Thanks to everyone who has supported me along the way in this journey of great local craft beer. Cheers!
Brew Minds: What does this mean for the Cellar Dweller brand?
Cellar Dweller will continue on under the leadership of Valley Vineyards. I don’t expect a big change up or disruption of the brand. I think its just a new beginning for everyone. – Steve Shaw
Brew Minds: Do you know who will take over brewing at CD?
I do not know for sure at this time. I will do everything I can to help find and train my replacement here at Cellar Dweller. Whether it’s from within or they hire from outside. – Steve Shaw
Brew Minds: What made you decide to join Wiedemann?
When I was approached with the opportunity I was impressed with the commitment from Jon and Betsy Newberry on bringing Wiedemann back home. After we sat down and I was able to see the plans and what they had envisioned I knew it was the same vision I was looking at for my future. – Steve Shaw
Brew Minds: Do you have an update on when production will begin at Wiedemann?
Construction has already started on the production area and the renovation of the tap room and event center. We are looking to start having equipment delivered mid-January with a projected opening the end of February first of March 2018. – Steve Shaw
Brew Minds: What beers are you most proud of during your tenure at CD?
I am most proud of our Eye Opener Hazelnut Coffee Stout and our Fruit Tarts that we have brewed. – Steve Shaw
Brew Minds will update this story as more information becomes available.