From humble beginnings, Brian Watson has come to be known as one of the world’s most celebrated BrewMasters.
Globally respected among his brewing peers and craft beer aficionados, Brian boasts a resume that includes 60 international medals.
Brian has served as judge for many prestigious beer competitions including the World Beer Cup in the US, the New Zealand Beer Awards, and the Australian Beer Awards since 2003.
A native of New Zealand, Brian as a young man became fascinated by the intricacies and complexities of beer. He trained at DB/Heineken Breweries when craft brewing was at its infancy – eventually becoming Head Brewer at Monteiths in Greymouth. Soon thereafter, Brian received his Brewmaster certification from the globally recognized Institute of Brewing and Distilling in the UK.
That was just the beginning. With a focus on understanding not just the science but the history and culture of “beer”, Brian fostered his obsession by traveling the world to master his passion. That commitment and experience allowed him to understand the unique contributions that every ingredient can make in every style imaginable. This experience has since allowed Brian to understand and source the best ingredients to create extraordinary beers.
Brian has since become a recognized personality in the global brewing industry, with his expertise demanded at breweries throughout Europe, Asia, and the Americas over the past two decades. As a Brewing Consultant for DME Brewing Systems of Canada, Brian has managed brewery installations all around the world. He has also been consulting with breweries to create the many award-winning recipes. Among his many accomplishments, Brian established Ireland’s first craft brewery. He played an integral part in the set up of Australian Independent Brewers. Brian acted as Managing Director for St. Arnou Brewing, and is the Brewing director of Good George Brewing in New Zealand, one of New Zealand’s fastest growing breweries.
Today, Brian works on expanding the Long White Cloud brand which has just become available in the US, with Portland being the first city where it is available.