Farm-Brewed Craft Beer
Irena Wise has been brewing professionally for 9 years, since August of 2011. She started out by volunteering a craft brewery on the bottling line while she was still working on her BA in Chemistry from Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon. Upon completion of her degree, she was hired at that same brewery. There, she started cleaning tanks and filling kegs and worked up to brewing.
Originally from Detroit, Irena decided to return to the East Coast in 2014. She took a job at Victory Brewing and eventually worked her way up to on-shift manager at their Parkesburg facility. During her time with Victory, Irena learned about equipment installation. She also learned how to brew with each new year’s crop of malt and hops, agricultural products that vary slightly from harvest to harvest, sometimes having a big effect on the resulting brew! In 2018, Irena took a hiatus from brewing professionally to become a certified master brewer. She attended a six month course at the Versuchs- und Lehranstalt für Brauerei in Berlin (VLB), where she studied with the most promising up-and-coming brewmasters from countries like the Ukraine, Greece, and Argentina. Topics of study there included in depth analysis of water chemistry, malting, and fermentation. And she finished first in her class!
Irena joined Wyndridge’s staff in January of 2019. She’s excited about developing a contemporary, exciting catalog of beers. She’ll use her background in classical German brewing technique to show just what this brew system can do!