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2010 Press Release
December 20, 2009
Laura Lodge

Vail Experimental Brewing Panelists Announced

VAIL, CO – The Big Beers, Belgians & Barleywines Festival and White Labs Yeast Company are excited to announce the panelists for their 2010 Experimental Brewing Seminar titled “Brewers Gone Wild!”.  Celebrating its 10th Anniversary January 7 – 9, 2010 at the Vail Cascade Resort & Spa, this small but highly acclaimed international festival will be featuring beers from over 70 different breweries in various formats; Brewmasters’ Dinners to Seminars and more. In addition, 21 breweries will be unveiling commemorative brews and new releases over the course of the weekend.

 Sam Calagione, Founder/President of Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, John Mallett, Production Manager for Bell’s Brewery, Kevin DeLange, Owner & Operator of Dry Dock Brewing Co., and Steven Pauwels, Brewmaster of Boulevard Brewing Co. will be sharing the podium on Saturday morning, January 9 at 10am. The group will be speaking to the topic “Generations of Brewing”, discussing the evolution of the brewing industry throughout their individual careers from a myriad of perspectives. Underwritten by White Labs Yeast Company, this will be the third annual Experimental Brewing seminar at the Big Beers Festival. An extremely prestigious collection of Brewmasters have spoken at this trio of events, and the seminar has been full to capacity each year. To reserve your seat, see

During his decade at Boulevard Brewing Company, Steven Pauwels has overseen all aspects of brewing and quality control as the regional craft brewer’s sales have more than tripled, to over 140,000 barrels in 2009.  Pauwels grew up steeped in the brewing industry. His first stint in the business came with summer work at his hometown brewery, Eeklo’s Brouwerij Krüger, where his father held a job. After receiving degrees in Biochemical Engineering from KaHo Sint-Lieven and in Business Administration from Mercator, both in Ghent, Belgium, he held positions at the Domus brewpub in Louvain and at RIVA brewery in Dentergem.

Kevin DeLange is the owner and operator of Dry Dock Brewing Co. and The Brew Hut, sister businesses in Aurora, Colorado.  After earning a Masters degree in History from Iowa State University, Kevin spent a number of years in corporate America before diving into entrepreneurship in 2002 with his purchase of The Brew Hut, an existing business selling homebrewing equipment and ingredients.  After only three years, he decided to make the leap into craft brewing, opening Dry Dock Brewing in 2005. Built almost solely on word-of-mouth advertising and quality beers, Dry Dock has garnered some of the most prestigious awards in the industry, including the Great American Beer Festival Small Brewing Company of the Year award for 2009. 

John Mallett has been the Production Manager for Bell's Brewery in Kalamazoo MI since 2001 where he manages all brewing operations. John has served in numerous capacities over his 20+ year brewing career; he was head brewer of Boston's Commonwealth Brewery, Brewmaster at the Old Dominion Brewing Co in Ashburn VA and founder and President of SAAZ, an equipment and service provider for breweries both large and small. John serves on many technical committees including Master Brewers Association of the Americas, the Brewer's Association and the American Malting Barley Association, Inc. In 2002, he was the recipient of the Institute for Brewing Studies Russell Schehrer Award for brewing innovation.

When Sam Calagione opened Dogfish Head in 1995 it was the smallest commercial brewery in America making 10 gallons of beer at a time.  Today Dogfish Head is among the fastest growing breweries in the country.  Featured in a wide range of press coverage and representing the craft brewing industry on a number of fronts including the recent “Beer Wars” film, Sam has also authored several books, including “Brewing up a Business”, “Extreme Brewing”, and “Beer or Wine?” (co-written with female sommelier Marnie Old).  Sam has been named Small Business Man of the Year by the SBA as well as Entrepreneur of the Year by Delaware Today Magazine and The State Chamber of Commerce. He sits on the Board of Directors for The Brewer’s Association and the Delaware Restaurant Association.

The Big Beers Festival is pleased to be working with White Labs Yeast Company for the Experimental Brewing Seminar, and proud to feature Calagione, Mallett, DeLange and Pauwels for their Tenth Anniversary celebration. “Innovation in the brewing industry has been literally ‘going wild’, and these are people who continue to shape its future,” commented Laura Lodge, event coordinator. “ ‘Out-of-the-box’ is the entire focus of our event, and this panel lives and breathes that concept.” For more information about the event or its beneficiary, the Vail Valley Charitable Fund, see the festival website at


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