BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Hollie Stephenson, the head brewer at Guinness Open Gate Brewery in Halethorpe, is leaving.
“While we will miss her greatly, we are very happy for Hollie. She played a big role in our success story to date, and her passion for her craft and community is downright infectious, ” said Brewmaster Peter Wiens. “We’re rooting for her as she goes on to build her skillset in a new capacity in the Diageo family.”READ MORE: COVID-19 In Maryland: More Than 1.1K New Cases & 15 Deaths Reported Sunday
WJZ spoke to Stephenson in March 2020 about blazing a trail for women in the brewing industry.
“What a head brewer does entirely depends on the brewery that you’re at and the size that you are,” she said then. “I manage the schedules. I manage the tap list that we have here in the taproom.”READ MORE: MVA's Bus Driver Day To Streamline Process For Applicants To Get Commercial License
It’s one of the most important jobs in a traditionally male-dominated industry.
“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.MORE NEWS: Ocean City Promises "Zero Tolerance" For Lawbreakers At Unsanctioned H20i Car Event
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.