Peter M. McFarlane April 17, 2017
Peter graduated from Northern Arizona University with a B.S., Resource Management. For several years he worked as a Paramedic, flight medic, and emergency room technician and as a professional ski patrol, slope medic, avalanche control expert and explosives expert in snow slope stabilization. Peter lived above the Arctic Circle in Alaska for nearly 3 years where he was a bush pilot, backcountry and river guide. He has been an avid technical rock climber, ice climber and high elevation mountaineer and scaled the highest point in North America, Denali Mt. in Alaska. Peter began his brewing career by brewing his 1st batch of beer on a wood burning stove in the north woods of Alaska and has been brewing every year since. In 1983, Peter founded the 1st homebrew club in Northern AZ. In 1989 he was a class officer and graduated from the Siebel Institute of Technology Diploma Course for Brewing Engineering. After completing internships at several national breweries, he took a position at Hops! Bistro & Brewery in Scottsdale AZ, as a Brewer and eventually becoming Head Brewer designing & installing four additional brewpubs. He co- founded the Arizona Craft Brewers Guild and held positions as President and as Treasurer. In 1994 Peter was Co-Founder and Master Brewer at McFarlane Brewing Company, a 5000 bbl/year micro-brewery in Phoenix, AZ. From 2000 to 2003 Peter was Master Brewer and the sole employee of Leinenkugel's Ballpark Brewery (Miller Brewing Co.) maintaining all aspects of the brewery. Peter consulted with Rogue Ales for one year as Production Manager, Efficiencies Expert and new bottle plant designer. Peter then moved to Napa, CA. to work in small wine production and spent 5 years making small batch, artisanal wines holding positions as Cellar Master, Assistant Wine Maker, Lab Technician and Manager of Packaging. Currently Peter is the Master Brewer, VP Production and Co-Owner of the Pedernales Brewing Company in Fredericksburg, TX. Peter is a 23+ year, Veteran Judge, at the Great American Beer Festival and is an active member in the following organizations: MBAA, ASBC, BA, and TCBG. Peter continues to enjoy the great outdoors and after 25 years of fly fishing he still ties his own flies and travels the waters of North America looking for those elusive trout.