Sebastian is the founder and Director of Malting and Roasting Operations at Epiphany Craft Malt in Durham, NC, with the mission to provide an integrated regional supply to brewers, distillers, and other sprouted grain ventures. Born and raised in Germany, Sebastian started out his carrier at Ayinger Brauerei. In 1999, Sebastian earned his certification as a brewer & maltster in Munich. Continuing his brewing career in the U.S., from 2006-2013 Sebastian was Director of Brewing Operations for the second largest craft brewery in North Carolina. As a founding member of the NC Craft Brewers Guild in 2008, he continues to be very involved in the affairs of the small brewers in the region, staying active in the NC Craft Brewers Guild as well as the MBAA, Craft Malsters Guild, and other organizations. In his quest to round out his knowledge and the industry he works in, Sebastian added a certificate in distilling from IBD, London in 2012. Sebastian joined Capitol Broadcasting Company in 2014 establish the Rocky Mount Mills Brewery Incubator. Besides his day to day work at the malthouse, Sebastian is passionate about malt and brewing education, believing that exceptional beer starts with exceptional malts. It is from this belief that Epiphany Craft Malt originated its motto The Foundation of Fermentation.
Find out how Sebastian learned about brewing’s tie to malting early on.