Meet Our Officers
Robert Larsen | President
I have been enjoying craft beers since the early 1990's! My favorite styles are Belgian Ales. I attended my first beer festival in 1994 and shortly thereafter I started brewing. Over the years I have worked to improve my process and quality. I enjoy traveling and attending different festivals and breweries to get new ideas and meet other craft beer enthusiasts. I have been a member of the DEA for two years and I have learned so much through home brew competitions as a steward and judge.
Grant Anderson | Vice 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 just over a year ago and am closing in on my 20th 5 gallon batch. I have built my own keezer, fermentation chamber and stir plate, and love tinkering to (hopefully) improve the finished product. My first love are IPAs (and better yet double IPAs)! However, I’m also branching out to other ales, ESBs, porters and stouts. My first two entries in a sanctioned competition yielded two ribbons – I look forward to more entries (and hopefully more ribbons) in the future!
BJ Willming | Social 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.
Kathryn Glenn | Sargeant At Arms
As a new member of the DEA, my background is truly in wine. I've been enjoying wine and travels through my twenties and now. It wasn't until our business decided to carry craft beer that I even began to understand the similarities beer offered to wine. The DEA group has allowed me to learn and I've truly enjoyed the process. Not yet brewing, but maybe one day I'll get my own batch going.
David Mitchell | WebMaster
I have been brewing for about 4 years. I am mostly self-taught from online classes, reading books (John Palmer, of course), magazines and blogs. I progressed from extract brewing to BIAB to all-grain and have lately been working on fermentation temperature control and experimenting with the various sparging methods. I have also been kegging for over a year and will need to add some new kegs to my inventory soon. I have served as the Sergeant-At-Arms (secretary) and as President for the DEA and the raffle coordinator at the Summer Sizzler Competition. My favorite brew so far is a Kolsch which I have done several times now. My most popular brew was my BMW (Belgian/Mandarin/Walnut) which was served at the BrewBern festival a few years ago.