Having grown up knowing how important my grandfather was to the Belgian and Texan craft beer industries — his old Celis brewery, opened in 1992, was Austin’s first brewery in almost 100 years — and when he passed away in 2011, I was looking for a direction and decided I wanted to fulfill a passion that my grandfather expressed so vividly. After helping my mother, Christine Celis, launch her Gypsy series I felt I was ready to explore my curiosity of beer and moved to Buffalo, New York to intern at Old First Ward Brewpub for a year. To gain further experience, I started working as a brewer at Uncle Billy’s Smokehouse & Brewery, where I worked in an environment that not only taught me the aspects of brewing for a brewpub but helped me develop my brewing knowledge for the distribution side of the business. During this time I became a member of the Pink Boots Society, which taught me a lot about female empowerment in the beer industry. In 2017 I started working at the new Celis Brewery where I plan to continue my Pierres' legacy and re-establish the Celis name in the craft beer world.
Made In Austin: Business of Brewing
Join us for night three of Made in Austin Week at Austin Beerworks with some of our favorite local breweries talking about the business of beer. The first 50 drinks are on us!