Terry Foster was born and educated in London and holds a Ph.D. in organic chemistry from London University; he moved to the U.S. in 1977.
He has worked in several areas of the chemical industry, but spent the most time in the application of chemicals to mineral beneficiation, finishing up as Global Technical Director for Mining Chemicals at Cytec Industries. This means he traveled all over the world and got to drink all kinds of beer in all kinds of different places.
Terry started writing about home and commercial brewing in various magazines in England and published his first book Dr. Foster’s Book of Beer in 1979. In the U.S., he gave many presentations on technical and practical aspects of brewing, wrote for several magazines and was also on the Editorial Advisory Board of Brewing Techniques.
He initiated the Association of Brewers Classic Beer Styles Series with Pale Ale in 1990. This was followed by Porter, another in the series, and in 1999 by a revised and much enlarged second edition of Pale Ale.
Terry is presently writing a regular “Techniques” column for Brew Your Own; and regularly consults for and brews with Jeff Browning, an English-style craft brewer at Bru Rm@Bar, in New Haven, Conn.