Meet Our Officers




Grant Anderson | President

I began home-brewing with extract kits many years ago but succumbed to young kids and life’s demands.  My interest was re-kindled by my younger brother, who was brewing all-grain back in upstate NY. I assembled the necessary equipment in 2016 and am closing in on my 60th 5 gallon batch.  I have built my own keezer, fermentation chamber(s) and stir plate, and love tinkering to (hopefully) improve the finished product. I also enjoy woodworking, and make a variety of beer-related trinkets such as openers, flight paddles and tap handles.  My first love are IPAs (and better yet double IPAs)! However, I’m also branching out to other ales, ESBs, porters and stouts. A 5 gallon used oak bourbon barrel is the newest addition to the brewhouse. My first two entries in a sanctioned competition yielded two ribbons – I look forward to more entries (and hopefully more ribbons) in the future!


May-Lei Waske | Vice President 

Bio and picture coming soon…


Ken Hilton | Social Coordinator

I have been a home-brewer for almost 30 years, and cannot think of a better hobby. Well, except maybe travelling and exploring by bicycle...often to search out the world's greatest beers. On one trip to Belgium, we averaged 9.95 mpb (miles per beer). It was a glorious trip.

I love to make cheeses, sausages, kombucha, yogurt, and other fermented foods to pair with my home-brew.

Although a retired engineer by avocation, I prefer to use the left brain more as I move toward Geezer-hood, throwing the beer and food recipe books in the trash, and just "winging it" and creating good stuff.

I have been lucky enough to have won Carolina's Brewer of the Year and Carolina's Mead-Maker of the Year twice. But, my most treasured accomplishment in brewing has been to help our home-brew club, the Down East Alers, achieve Southeastern Homebrewers Association Club of the Year.


BJ Willming | Summer Sizzler Coordinator 

 I have been brewing off and on for about 6 years. I brew all grain recipes I've gotten from online and tweak them. My favorite beers are barrel aged imperial stouts so I am working to make my own. I have a small 10g setup that I use. My next step in my brewing life is to build a kegerator out of a chest freezer. I am looking forward to 2018 to enter my first competitions and attend many events. If you have a love for brew come join us, have some fun and drink a delicious home brew!





Brian McVeigh | Treasurer 

I have been with the Down East Alers for over 4 years. I have been brewing for approximately 9 years and started after my younger brother brewed his first batch. I switched to all grain after my first extract brew. I have built an all electric indoor 1/2 barrel brewing system in a shed in my backyard. I even figured out how to run underground 220 volt electricity from my house to the shed. (Thanks Youtube!) My favorite style is IPA with Belgians as a close second. I am trying to branch out from my usual brews and try out some unfamiliar styles. I have entered a few competitions and have won a blue ribbon for my session IPA, and got a third place in the regional AHA National Homebrew Competition in 2016 for my Sweet Stout.



Diane Bartz | Sargeant At Arms

I have been a member of the Down East Alers for many years, enjoying social events, tasting different beers and stewarding at Homebrew competitions.  I just started brewing, with help, this year.  I am looking forward to continuing to learn from the more experienced brewers in the club. I enjoy traveling with Ken Hilton and trying beers in the US and Abroad.


David Mitchell | WebMaster 

I am mostly self-taught from online classes, reading books (John Palmer, of course), magazines and blogs. Like most brewers, I started with extract brewing, moved to BIAB and then to all-grain. Then I progressed to fermentation temperature control, experimenting with sparging methods and water chemistry. I have served as the Sergeant-At-Arms (secretary) and as the 2017 President for the DEA as well as the Raffle Coordinator for the Summer Sizzler Competition. I am also the owner/operator of BruBuddies - Greenville’s only lhbs operating inside Jarvis Street Bottle Shop at 211 S. Jarvis St.