Mitch Steele is the brewmaster for Stone Brewing Co. Since graduating from UC Davis in 1984 with a fermentation science degree, he has brewed at some of the largest and smallest breweries in the world. After starting on a 14 bbl system at the San Andreas Brewing Co. in California, Mitch joined Anheuser-Busch in 1992, managing brewhouse and fermenting operations in three breweries, and managing new beer development as part of the Anheuser-Busch Specialty Brewing group in the mid-1990s.
An active homebrewer during his time with Anheuser-Busch, Mitch joined Stone Brewing Co. in 2006 and has overseen the brewing and packaging operations at Stone as the brewery has grown from a 48,000 bbl operation to 148,000 bbls in 2011. Mitch is an avid IPA fan, and is also the author of the upcoming Brewers Publications book, IPA: Brewing Techniques, Recipes and the Evolution of India Pale Ale.