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From an outstanding group of talented applicants, Leanne Beyel of Cloudburst Brewing (Seattle, WA) has been named recipient of the 2022 American Brewers Guild scholarship. Leanne will be attending ABG’s Intensive Brewing Science & Engineering course that runs from January to July 2022. The Intensive Brewing Science & Engineering course is a 22-week distance education program with a final week of residential instruction in Middlebury, VT. The course covers all the fundamentals of beer production and quality assurance with a special emphasis on practical issues.  
Leanne Beyel has worked in a number of capacities at Cloudburst Brewing and previously at Ghostfish Brewing, both in Seattle, WA.  After college, Leanne spent several years as a mechanical engineer but decided to seek a new path heartily embracing a career in craft brewing.  “Leaving an existing career to pivot into a new one in brewing takes a lot of courage and a lot of confidence,” noted a Selection Committee member. Click here to read more>>

About the Glen Hay Falconer Foundation

The Glen Hay Falconer Foundation is a non-profit organization created to commemorate and celebrate the life, interests, and good works of a well-loved and leading Northwest brewer.

Glen Falconer toasting with his craft brewed beer at the Wild Duck Brewery.

The mission of the Foundation is to contribute to the Northwest craft brewing community by providing opportunities for professional and aspiring brewers to further their knowledge and expertise.

In 2021, the Foundation is offering two educational scholarships to the World Academy of Brewing at the Siebel Institute and one to the American Brewer's Guild.

The Falconer Foundation has awarded 49 brewing scholorships since 2004.

Brew Am Golf Tournament

The Glen Hay Falconer Foundation produces the Sasquatch BrewAm, a golf tournament designed to appeal to all levels of golfers and beer lovers. The Fifteenth annual Sasquatch BrewAm will be held at McMenamins Edgefield in Troutdale, Oregon on July 29, 2022.  Sign-up now for the Sasquatch BrewAm.

The Foundation also receives donations from participating pubs in the Sasquatch Legacy Project where scholarship recipients join together to brew a specially crafted beer.  Finally, private donations and independent fundraisers provide an important source of support for the Foundation’s brewing scholarship program. 

For more information on the Foundation or how to become involved in realizing its goals, please contact us.

About Glen Hay Falconer

Passion, dedication, and creativity defined Glen Falconer's beers and his entire approach to life.

Glen began his brewing career as an avid homebrewer and dedicated member of the Cascade Brewers Society, a clan of skilled homebrewers based in the Eugene area. As a professional brewer, Glen remained engaged and committed to his roots, providing sagely advice, recipies, and ingredients to his homebrewer community.

Glen assisted many professional brewers that relocated from Eugene, Oregon to areas throughout the United States as they began their professional brewing careers by making himself available as a human database of brewing techniques.

Glen Falconer 'pulling mash' at the Wild Duck Brewery.

In 1990, Glen followed his dream and pursued a professional brewing career, beginning at Steelhead Brewery in Eugene. Glen completed the Siebel Concise Course in Brewing Technology in 1994. Glen then refined his skills at the renowned Rogue Ales in Newport, Oregon, working side-by-side with his close friend and mentor John Maier, one of the most celebrated and respected professional brewers in the country.

In 1996, Glen became head brewer at the Wild Duck Brewery in Eugene, providing six regular beers on tap as well as a wide variety of specialty ales and lagers each season, until his untimely death in 2002.

The memorial service held at the Wild Duck to honor Glen attracted hundreds of brewers and friends from all over the country, amazing even his close friends and family at the amount of people his life touched and affected, all of whom were willing to travel vast distances at short notice to pay tribute to such a singular individual.

Enlarging on the tradition of brewing, laughing heartily and embracing adventure fully represented Glen's life. While Glen won numerous professional craft brewing prizes and accolades, perhaps his finest accomplishment was the back-to-back Gold Medals received posthumously for his Auld Gnarly Head Barley Wine at the 2002 and 2003 Great American Beer Festival.

Glen had a virtually insatiable thirst for adventure, traveling extensively and experiencing cultures in Southeast Asia, Central America, Europe and the Caribbean. Glen enjoyed the outdoors with interests that included scuba diving, camping, and cycling.

Glen was a great soccer fan, coaching young people in the sport for many years in Eugene. Glen could also be found each year at the annual Oregon Country Faire in Veneta, Oregon with a gleam in his eye, surrounded by old friends, family and new acquaintances during a festival created to celebrate the idiosyncratic nature of life.

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