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Jonathan Aronson - Beer Coach


Jonathan Aronson’s craft beer experience and knowledge began when he experienced drinking his first Guinness Irish Stout during his college years. He almost instantly became enthralled that there was beer that could taste this good. While working on board cruiseships he was able to sample beer from all over the world in the native countries where they were brewed. Most recently he has returned from the Belgian Beerfest in Brussels, drove across Southern England, and has visited many Craft Beer specific taverns and restaurants.

1995 is when Mr. Aronson got his first home brewer’s kit, became a home brewer, and took his passion for international and domestic craft beer further. Since that time he has brewed approximately 600 gallons of craft beer and 100 gallons of mead.  His accomplishments include various first, second, and third place metals from many home brewing competitions, including gold medals and Best of Show (Mead) award and Best of Show (Mead) Honorable Mention at the Colorado State Fair.

Aronson is the founder and Competition Organizer for the annual Rocky Mountain Homebrew Club Competition. About twenty homebrew clubs from the Rocky Mountain Region participate in the competition which judges over 400 beers for aroma, appearance, flavor and mouthfeel.

He has belonged and participated in three homebrew clubs and recently has been the President of Foam on the Range, one of the largest homebrew clubs in Colorado, with over 60 members. He is an active member of the National Home Brewers Association, and a Steward for the Great American Beer Festival. He is a paid judge at the Colorado State Fair and recently was selected to become a judge at the Great American Beer Fest.

In 2009 Aronson began facilitating live BJCP study groups to help others prepare to take the Beer Judge Certification Exam.  In 2011, Aronson converted these live in person courses to an online version called Better Beer Scores. Ten classes were conducted over the next year, helping over 200 students prepare for the exam.  In 2012, Aronson reorganized this program into an expanded “Craft Beer University”, expanding the course catalog to meet the demands of the new BJCP exam formats. Future course catalogs will include Cicerone prep courses, various homebrewing classes, as well as other style classes for the craft beer enthusiast.  Craft beer travel opportunities will also be offered.  Aronson also keeps an extensive library of books on home brewing and craft beer.

Dana Siegmund - Director of Consumer Content

Dana Siegmund has been in the field of education since 1999, and he has worked with many different types of students. He has spent the latest of his years in the field working on e-learning and distance learning platforms were he has been privileged to help pilot new electronic learning tools as well as design and use some of his own. In 2008 he earned his Education Specialist degree from the University of Georgia, conducting his research on the use of social networking for instructing at-risk students.

Dana brewed his first batch of beer on the day before his twenty-first birthday in 1995, and has not shown any sign of slowing down. Since that day many years ago, Dana has won a handful of awards for his homebrews, and he has become a BJCP certified judge. If you were to ask Dana why he is so passionate about beer and brewing, he’d say something to the tune of: “Where else are you going to combine history, art, science, and drinking into one?”

Lately, Dana has been most interested in replicating historic styles like Pre-Prohibition American Pilsner or brewing sour and wild ales, as well as other traditional German and Belgian styles. Though he is more a purist at heart, Dana can also pull off a batch of bent brew that does not fit a traditional description. “Creating something that is not available on the market that perfectly caters to my specific tastes was one of the main reasons I got into brewing in the first place . . . that, and the fact that high-gravity beer was illegal in Georgia at the time,” he says. Dana is one of the founding members of Athens League of Extraordinary Zymurgists (A.L.E.Z.) in Athens, Georgia, and has the sole honor of creating the name the club chose to use.

Outside of the beer world, Dana chases his wonderful kids around and enjoys the company of his loving wife (without whose support he would not be the brewer / instructor he is). Dana also enjoys listening to music (almost any genre that is actual “music”), watching sports (Falcons, Hawks, Braves, Bulldogs), enjoying the outdoors, or anything else he can do better with a beer in his hand.