Brewer Magazine Q&A: Daniella Majerus, Lift Bridge Brewery

This is a part of a continuing series of Q&As with brewers from across the U.S.
Brewer Magazine will share business and personal insights from Brewmasters, Head Brewers, Brewing Managers and others each weekend to help you, a fellow brewer, Brewmaster or brewing manager get to know each other better in the industry and learn more to better develop your own brand.

Daniella Majerus, QA/QC Lab Technician, Lift Bridge Brewery — Stillwater, Minnesota

BREWER: What is a lesson learned within your position that sticks with you to this day?
MAJERUS: Double check all clamps.

BREWER: Who is your mentor in the industry and why? What have you learned from them?
MAJERUS: Gerri Kustelski, because she is a badass. She introduced me to the QA/QC department. We share a great passion for the science behind beer and I am constantly learning awesome things from her.

BREWER: What have you added to your brewery lately that’s unique or making your business more successful?
MAJERUS: I’ve started the sensory training program in which we train our team on the pickup of off flavors and the development of descriptors. Also, the Alewife project is the development of an educational brewing day in honor of female brewer ancestors. Proceeds from the beer brewed that day goes to non-profit female empowering organizations.

BREWER: In today’s business climate for craft beer, how will your brewery grow?
MAJERUS: The brewery’s plan for expansion is going to bring new opportunities to be creative and increase production capability.

BREWER: What sort of innovations in craft beer excite you?
MAJERUS: I found fascinating the world of sour beers and it excites me to know more about the science behind the development of those funky-great flavors that involve both bacteria and wild yeast strains.

BREWER: If you had one strategy that you could implement to better the craft beer business, what would it be?
MAJERUS: Quality before quantity: It’s better to have a few AMAZING beers than 50 so-so ones.

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