Craig Welch – Head Brewer
Let’s say it’s December 11, 1977. Craig, nearly 6 years old, is sitting on his father’s lap in their favorite chair watching the Green Bay Packers QB, Lynn Dickey, lead their beloved Pack to yet another embarrassing loss to the Chicago Bears. Holding on to his dad’s bottle of Blatz Beer, Craig took a taste…and it was all uphill from there.
From his first sip of Sierra Nevada Pale Ale in 1992 and his first taste of Celebration Ale in 1993 (which is still Craig’s favorite beer), Craft beer became his passion. As so many in the brewing industry, Craig began home brewing in 1999 brewing up ideas and continuing to learn more about the craft. He joined the Stone Cellar Brewpub staff as a part time pint slinger and beer aficionado on the lunch shift in September 2008. In spring of 2012, Craig became part of the Stone Arch Brew House team as a brewery assistant where making “good beer” became his drive. With that pursuit and his passion for the craft, Craig began to pick up some commercial brewing knowledge through books ,seminars and on the Job training. In June of 2013 He completed a two day microbiology for brewers coarse offered through UW Stevens Point and in August of 2015 Craig completed the Concise Course In Brewing Technologies through the World Brewing Academy and Siebel Institute of Technology in Chicago, IL. He is now the Head Brewer at Stone Arch Brew House. Having fun and loving every minute of it!
On the rare occasion that Craig is allowed to leave his brewery cage, he is an outdoorsman who loves to Winter camp with a nice Russian Imperial Rye Stout to keep him warm, kayak with his friends and some All Day IPA’s in the summer, sip on a Sierra Nevada Nooner after a long days hunt with his brother in the Fall, indulge in a Badger State Green Chop IPA at La La La Lambeau field in December or just R-E-L-A-X on the couch with a Stone Arch Sessions Pale Ale, his wife and their dingo, anytime he can.