Will Kemper has worked as brewmaster for such breweries as Thomas Kemper, Aviator Ales (Seattle), Norwester Brewing (Portland, OR), Orange County Brewery (CA), Mile High Brewing (Denver), Dock Street Brewing (Philadelphia), Capital City Brewing (Washington DC), Lowell Brewing Company (Lowell, MA), Red Bell Brewing (Philadelphia), as well as several others. For most of these breweries he engineered and supervised construction, startup, and created recipes , then trained the brewer to take over production after a predetermined time.
Will is a Diploma member of the Institute of Brewing and Distilling based in London, England as well as an active member of the MBAA (Master Brewers Association of the Americas). He holds a BS in Chemical Engineering, is an alumnus of the Siebel Institute of Technology in Brewing Microscopy and Microbiology, and completed the first Masterbrewers Program from the University of California at Davis. He taught brewery engineering for the American Brewers Guild in Davis, California for several years in the 1990s and his video lectures are still used by the Guild for their professional training courses.
The Kempers' moved to Mexico in the late 1990's to start the first two Sierra Madre Brewpubs in Monterrey, Mexico. In 2001, Mari and Will left for Istanbul,Turkey to start Turkey's first brewpub, "Taps". The Kempers were then asked to return to Istanbul several years later to build the first small craft brewery in Turkey. While overseas they traveled extensively throughout England, Belgium, and Germany visiting breweries and attending several brewing trade shows and conferences gaining new information for their repertoire of food and beer that they now share with their Northwest Washington community.
Chuckanut Brewery & Kitchen is passionate about being a sustainable member of our community and taking care of our environment. Since opening our doors in late July 2008 we have gone towards Zero Waste, recycle our spent grains with a local farmer, and with our computerized brewery system, conserve electricity, water, and people power! Chuckanut supports over 100 non profits in our region and continues to be a responsible neighbor to our enviroment and community. Supporting Chuckanut Brewery & Kitchen is supporting our sustainable culture and excitement about serving the best Beer & Food we can make. Thanks for joining us!