It wasn’t Peter Kruger’s intention to become a sustainability expert at Bear Republic Brewery – but then, it wasn’t really his intention to get involved with the commercial craft brewing industry at all.
Back in 1992 when Kruger graduated from Lewis & Clark College in Portland, OR with a history degree, he had his sights set on a Master’s program in Archaeology at Boston University.
An avid home brewer with a keen interest in the emerging craft brewing movement, Kruger decided to take a year off from his studies and support himself through a job at Full Sail Brewing Company in Portland. When the “clock ran down,” as Kruger puts it, after his year deferment, he realized he very much wanted to stay in the beer business.
Kruger didn’t make his way to Bear Republic until 1997 after a series of positions with other brewing operations that included Head Brewer at Desert Edge Brewery in Salt Lake City. He stayed at Bear Republic for two and a half years, before taking what he calls a “six year hiatus” to do consulting.Read More