Mastering the Craft: Ray Daniels of Cicerone

Without a doubt, Ray Daniels is one of the leading lights of the beer world. From his influential 1996 homebrewing tome Designing Great Beers to his work with the Brewers Association, Ray has tirelessly preached the gospel of a proper brewery-to-glass experience – and the latest step on the journey is with his Cicerone Certification Program, one of the world’s most prominent beer industry certifications.

The Journey: Rich Higgins, Master Cicerone

In 2010, Rich Higgins became just the third person to earn the prestigious Master Cicerone distinction. In Hong Kong for a series of masterclasses as part of Landmark Men’s Appreciate the Craft event, Rich sat down with Coaster to chat about his passion for educating people about beer.

Punks Not Dead: James Watt of BrewDog

From two men and a dog in 2007 to a globally renowned craft beer brand and an employer of 750 people today – not to mention its crowdfunding army of 50,000 “Equity Punks” – Scotland-based brewery BrewDog has always marched to the beat of its own drum.

Carved in Stone: Greg Koch of Stone Brewing

Outspoken and a major figure of the craft beer movement, Greg Koch co-founded Stone Brewing in 1996 in San Marcos, California, just north of San Diego. Refusing to compromise on taste like so many others did, Stone pioneered the West Coast-style IPA and has consistently brewed in-your-face beers.

Behind the Pint: Thomas Lau

Thomas Lau is a hard man to track down. One week he’s in Scotland training with the BrewDog team, and the next he’s in Japan discussing the reception of Coedo Taproom in Hong Kong.

Behind the Pint: Martin Wies

The Marco Polo German Bierfest, which celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2016, is always a highlight on the party calendar and something we look forward to as the weather turns cooler. Martin Wies, the co-founder of Germany’s ultra-fun Die Notenhobler (The Notenhobler), which has been the festival’s official band since 1994, chats with us about the rise of Oktoberfest in Hong Kong.