Don decided to go "pro" in 1982 when he became a champion homebrewer and president of the New York Homebrewing League. His family ancestry spurred an interest in spirits starting in college while an exchange student in Scotland. He served an apprenticeship in English ales and graduated in 1986 from the Siebel Institute of Technology in Chicago. He traveled all over the the United States, Australia and Germany as a certified brewmaster. He won gold, silver and bronze at Great American Beer Festival, wrote numerous articles, reviewed books and conducted seminars at craft-brewing tradeshows nationwide. Don came to Cincinnati in '88 to open the city's first brewpub, Wallaby Bob's.
He met his wife, Linda, in Cincinnati. He settled down, launching a commercial consulting/equipment business geared to start-up brewpubs, microbreweries, wineries and microdistilleries.
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