Dustin Kellner HEAD BREWER
The Background Stuff
Dustin Kellner began his brewing career in 2005 at Seabright Brewery in Santa Cruz, CA in the fall of 2005. In 2006, Dustin and his wife Heather moved to Portland, Oregon where he worked as a cellarman at BridgePort Brewing. From 2007 to 2012, he was Head Brewer at Laurelwood Brewing on Portland’s East Side. He also attended the Siebel Institute of Technology to learn what he needed to learn. The Kellners have a son, Harrison.
In Kellner’s own words: “What gets me pumped up about working for Worthy is the opportunity to create a completely new beer lineup from scratch. Brewing seasonals is what keeps a brewer going when so much of what we do involves extreme repetition. Fortunately for me, ‘in the details’ is where I live. Even when doing the same thing I’m questioning whether there’s a better way. Yes, I’m a fan of consistency but I don’t let that turn off my pursuit of perfection, which of course should forever remain a quest and not a destination.”
“Whether we’re talking about a beer recipe or the brewery process, I’m a firm believer there’s always room for improvement. Every brewer dreams of being able to reboot, to get a fresh start. A blank slate. This is it: A state of the art brewhouse. A seasoned brew crew. A sophisticated management team. For me, this is that moment you daydream about.”
Hops are the Juice
“It’s also exciting to have a tight connection with Indie Hops, with their passion for aroma varieties, and Oregon State, where they’re breeding new and exciting hop flavors. With our access to Willamette Valley hops and experimental varieties, I’m like a kid in a candy store!
Crafting on Worthy’s Pilot System
On the subject of perfecting styles that will open doors and blow minds, Dustin’s champing at the bit to start tinkering on Worthy’s 3.5 barrel pilot system.
“This is where the beauty of a pilot system comes into play. The ability to experiment on a small system is paramount when trying to stay relevant in this ever-changing industry. For many production brewers, tinkering is more of a dream than a practice – it’s hard to justify unfettered freedom to toy and dabble on a 60 keg system when chances are you wont get it right the first or even second time and have to pour the batch down the drain. I like that saying ‘wasting time is not time wasted’ if it’s in the service of getting it right. It’s far less expensive to tinker on a small system and plus you get more reps.
“With the scarce availability of many of the most popular hop varieties, brewers have been forced to get out of their comfort zone. We’ve had to introduce new combinations and interpretations, and this is what makes coming to work fun and exciting. Worthy not only wants to experiment, it’s a mandate. Worthy knows the Pacific Northwesterner’s palate is sophisticated -- they demand and deserve a fresh perspective, on a weekly if not daily basis! With Chad at the helm, I want to help take this Worthy vessel to new and unchartered territory.”