BALTIMORE (WJZ) — It’s a name wrapped in 260 years of tradition; Guinness and its iconic Irish stout.
In August 2018, Guinness opened its only brewery in North America, just 10 miles from downtown Baltimore.READ MORE: ‘Our Numbers Are Up About 500%’ Maryland Pushes To Vaccinate As Covid Delta Variant Spreads; Still No Plans For Another Mask Mandate
Hollie Stephenson is the head brewer at Guinness Open Gate Brewery.
“What a head brewer does entirely depends on the brewery that you’re at and the size that you are,” Stephenson said. “I manage the schedules. I manage the tap list that we have here in the taproom.”
It’s one of the most important jobs in a traditionally male-dominated industry.READ MORE: Bouncing back: Ledecky finally wins gold at Tokyo Games
“I mean it’s definitely a growing demographic, because of people putting serious effort into it, but yeah, we’re still a very small percentage,” Stephenson said.
In 2019, Stephenson was named Imbibe Magazine’s Beer Person of The Year, and for good reason. In just a year and a half, she’s helped Open Gate welcome more than 600,000 guests.
“I mean I don’t wake up in the morning and say, ‘Oh, wow. I really feel like blazing a trail today,'” Stephenson said. “It’s just what happens when I go to work.”
Stephenson, who got her start in the beer industry 10 years ago, is now helping develop what American Guinness is going to be.MORE NEWS: 'Our Jaws Dropped': Essex Daycare Teacher Caught On Camera Yanking Child To The Ground
“There were a lot of women that came before me in the industry that has done a lot to form building blocks so that each generation has been able to do a little better than they did and so I just hope that I can continue to uphold that for the next generation,” Stephenson said.