Director of brewery production and quality assurance at The Lost Abbey
Holy shit, this woman. Most brewers take their job for granted. No seriously, most of you (um brewers, still talking to you) have no clue what actually happens during fermentation. It might come as a shock to some, but one of the leading scientists in the beer industry is a chick. Personality + good looks + world-class microbiologist = just blew your mind, right? Got an infection in the brewery? Gwen can find the source in T-minus -- oh, she already found that shit while you were trying to configure your watch. She also knows more about your palate than you know about your palate. Conversing with her will hurt your brain, but in a good way.
Co-owner, Falling Rock Tap House
Calling Cheryl Black “The Rock” has a double meaning. Cheryl is the co-owner of one of the best, if not the best, craft beer bars in the world, Falling Rock in Denver. But, more importantly, she is one of the strongest humans that I’ve ever met, a woman who looked cancer in the eye and literally said “fuck you.” She is a rock, yes a rock, for most of us in the craft beer industry. She grounds us. She humanizes us. But more importantly, Cheryl gives us a foundation and strength, and inspires us (me) to keep on moving on even when shit gets real.