PETE KRAEMER //
CHIEF GLOBAL BREWMASTER, 5TH GENERATION BREWER AND MIKE'S TWIN
Chief Global Brewmaster, Pete, is responsible for overseeing the production of over one-quarter of the world’s beer. In addition to the pressure that comes with his job, he comes from a multi-generational family of brewers, so there is plenty of legacy for him to live up to. His busy travel schedule doesn’t allow him to partake in all of the tastings in Room 220, but when he’s there – he’s feared.
JANE KILLEBREW //
GLOBAL VP OF BREWING AND QUALITY
As the Global VP of Brewing and Quality, Jane is arguably the highest profile female brewer in the world. You can’t find anyone who doesn’t respect Jane down to their core. She’s been an all-around brewing legend for decades and she’s the heart and soul of Room 220.
MIKE KRAEMER //
GLOBAL BUDWEISER BREWMASTER, 5TH GENERATION BREWER & PETE'S TWIN
Pete’s twin brother, Mike, oversees the production of Budweiser – wherever it is brewed around the world. Unlike his brother, Mike is quick with a smile – and has an almost-permanently jolly disposition – which makes him the Brewmasters’ favorite Key Taster in Room 220.
SUMMER ANDERSON //
MERRIMACK, NEW HAMPSHIRE
The reigning champ, Summer is a relentless competitor whose technical knowledge of brewing is truly impressive. In addition to her competitive spirit, the Merrimack brewery has a rich history of producing award-winning Brewmasters, which serves as an additional motivation for her to remain on top. When her boyfriend, Chad (an avid homebrewer) claimed that he could easily brew an American Lager just as good as hers, she called his bluff and made him brew it. The results are priceless.
YONGHUA LIU //
After years of hard work, Yonghua climbed his way up from an entry-level worker to Brewmaster. His determination is matched only by his quirky sense of humor. His wife works in packaging at the brewery and his daughter is studying logistics — so, between the three of them, they joke that they could start their own brewery someday: brewing, packaging and logistics. No brewery outside of America has ever won the Global Brewmaster Cup – and China is eager to win – so the pressure of an entire nation rests on his shoulders.
JEFF JONES //
Losing isn’t an option for Jeff. He refers to “Second Place” as “First Loser.” As our only Millennial in the competition, he is the youngest Brewmaster flirting with the title. He’s an intense, hands-on, data-driven brewer who is obsessed with brewing the best beer possible. Because of this, he’s unwilling to let minor events – like wedding-planning or a massive hurricane – derail his quest for the cup.
TIM SEITZ //
FORT COLLINS, COLORADO
An army combat veteran, Tim flew helicopters in Iraq before shifting gears and pursuing his lifelong passion of brewing beer. His military background colors his leadership style, which can aptly be described as “tough love.” He’ll be the first person to point out your mistakes, but he’ll also be the first person to champion your successes. He likes to describe himself as, “The nicest asshole you’ll ever meet.” While his stern military approach works well as a Brewmaster, his tough outer shell cracks anytime he’s around his adorable daughter, Hadley.
NATALIE JOHNSON //
Unfortunately, it’s not possible to describe someone as energetic and enthusiastic as Natalie on paper. Her brewing career began as an intern, right after high school – and she hasn’t looked back since. She loves brewing so much that she married a fellow brewer. Her passion for brewing stems from her childhood love of chemistry – which was instilled in her by her mother, who was a chemist. This lineage of scientists continues with Natalie’s daughter, who is an avid coder. Being an African-American female Brewmaster, she’s run into plenty of obstacles – but she’s met each one of them with grace and fortitude. Natalie is not the only member of her family to make it to the silver screen – her cousin is the much-loved actor Sterling K. Brown.
ERIC CARTECIANO //
A born-and-bred Canadian, Eric is usually the smallest guy on the hockey rink – but that doesn’t stop him from outperforming his larger teammates. The same goes for his brewery, which is one of the smallest in North America, but turns out some of the best beer in the world. Eric’s real superpower as a Brewmaster is his heightened sense of smell. He can sniff out bad food in his refrigerator from the other room. This allows him to detect the slightest imperfections in a batch of beer that most people would never even notice.