After twenty-two years of dedication, hard work, and many, many beers, St. George Brewing Company said a tearful goodbye to Andy Rathmann, as Brewmaster of St. George. He retired at the end of 2021. Andy has been the vision behind so many of our stellar, award-winning beers.
Rathmann did an internship in Germany at Weihenstephan, for brewing, as well as studying in places from hop fields to malting houses. He then went on to earn a master’s certificate in brewing from the University of California at Davis, which is affiliated with the Institute of Brewing in London. He would become an award-winning Brewer at several US microbreweries as well as a consultant to nearly forty startup breweries worldwide before coming to be the Brewmaster at St. George in 1999. Many local brewers have come through St. George to work with Andy and learn the craft of brewing. It is a pleasure to be part of a great local brewing community.
St. George has won numerous awards over the years under Andy’s leadership in the brewhouse to include the English Ale Awards, United State Beer Tasting Championship, VEER, VA Craft Brewers Guild, and many more. He rounded out his award-winning career by being presented with the first-ever Lifetime Achievement Award from VEER at the 2021 Golden Tap Awards.
We at St. George, and anyone that has had the pleasure to get to work with Andy over the years, are sad to see him go, but we are excited for his next chapter. We know that he will be raising a beer with us many times more in the future!