Fal Allen started brewing professionally in 1988 for Red Hook Brewery in Seattle, Washington. In 1990, he moved downtown to Pike Place Brewery where he was the head brewer for eight years. In 1999, he was awarded the Brewers Association’s Russell Schehrer Award for Innovation and Achievement in Craft Brewing. In 2000, he took over as the general manager at Anderson Valley Brewing Company (AVBC) in Northern California. Starting in 2005 he did a five year stint as brewmaster for Archipelago Brewing (a division of Asia Pacific Breweries) in Singapore, he returned to AVBC as Brewmaster in 2010. He has been a beer judge at the Great American Beer Festival for many years and has judged several times at the bi-annual World Beer Cup. Fal’s writing credits include co-authoring Barley Wine (Brewers Publications, 1998), a four part series on Microbiology and lab work in Brewing Techniques and more than 40 articles in American Brewer, The New Brewer, Zymurgy, MBAA Technical Quarterly, Celebrator, Malt Advocate, and other publications.