The Smoked Beer Revival

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The Judges

This competition will be judged by professional beer judges, hand picked from all over the world, all of which have special knowledge of beer tasting and smoked beers. 



Finn Knudsen -

Finn B. Knudsen, graduated with an M.Sc., Ch.Eng., from the Royal Techn. University of Denmark in 1966, and has more than 40 years experience working in the Brewing and Beverage Industry from various research and management positions at Tuborg Breweries, Rainier Brewing Company, Molson Breweries of Canada, Danbrew Consult Ltd. (100% owned subsidiary of Carlsberg Breweries A/S at that time), Coors Brewing Company, Procordia Beverages AB (BBH), and Pripps Breweries.  Plus much more...
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Melissa Antone -

Melissa's passion for beer began while studying Biology at the University of Delaware and working for Iron Hill Brewery and Restaurant.  After 5 years and many hats worn with Iron Hill, she relocated to Colorado and joined the Quality Assurance Department at Avery Brewing Company where she developed and managed their sensory program.  Currently, as Business Development Specialist with Cara Technology Ltd and AROXA® and Certified Cicerone®, Melissa provides support and training in sensory to American craft brewers. She considers herself an ambassador for quality beer and enjoys sharing her knowledge of brewing science, best practices, and flavor chemistry.  Mel’s happy places are the Colorado wilderness and her kitchen.

James Kunz -

James Kunz is a distiller at Laws Whiskey House in Denver, Colorado. Formerly a trained brewer of fine German-style lagers, he received a certificate in Applied Craft Brewing at Regis University and is a recognized BJCP beer judge. 

Alex ALexander -

Alex is a manager at Laws Whiskey House in Denver, Colorado. 

*(Please do not try and contact the judges about the competition.  Any attempt to contact the Judges regarding this competition will result in disqualification)