R.L.K. and Company, operators of Mt. Hood Brewing Co. and Timberline Lodge, appointed Bryan Borgmeier as Head Brewer of the Mt. Hood Brewing Co. in fall 2016. He joins longtime Mt. Hood Brewing Co. brewer Jeff McAllister in the brewery. Bryan grew up in Oregon City, and completed his Bachelor of Science Degree in Economics from Linfield College in McMinnville, OR. It was at a Linfield class on homebrewing that he was introduced to the magic of brewing beer. He earned an Associate Degree in Brewing Technology from Siebel Institute of Technology in 2014. Over the course of the last several years, Bryan has traveled through Oregon and the Lake Tahoe area of California, gaining valuable experience at several reputable breweries.
Brewer Jeff McAllester has been at Mt. Hood Brewing Co. for 16 years following 16 years of working in various capacities at Timberline Lodge. Jeff has a Bachelors degree with Honors in English Literature from Lewis and Clark College, where he also studied Chemistry and Biology and always enjoyed the lab portions of his studies. While working at Timberline in Purchasing in the early 90s, Jeff became friends with Mt. Hood Brewing’s first Head Brewer, John Graber. Jeff spent a lot of time at the brewery comparing notes on styles, flavor components and the competition. When John left Mt. Hood Brewing in 2002, Jeff was hired as a Mt. Hood Brewing Co. brewer.
“Mt. Hood is an icon, as is Timberline, and to be able to represent this icon as a brewer is an amazing opportunity,” states Bryan, “In addition to updating the core lineup of beers, I’d like to develop special projects, maybe 3-4 caged bottles that we release every year. And of course I’d like to make a fresh hop beer and continue to work on the barrel-aged beer program that Timberline Chef Jason Stoller Smith helped start. I think that Mt. Hood, the brand, being an icon, has a ton of potential that most don’t have. A rare opportunity. In the NW we’re blessed with really fresh hop yards, malting facilities, a world-class yeast lab. And of course we have a glacier-fed well of pure, pristine and plentiful water.” ~Brewer Bryan Borgmeier