Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Bryan Keilty: StarChefs Rising Star

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Lompoc Brewing's Bryan Keilty takes top honors
at StarChefs Rising Stars Artisan Awards

PORTLAND, Ore. - Dec. 7, 2011 - Bryan Keilty, production manager and brewer at Lompoc Brewing, has received the "Rising Stars Artisan Award for Brewers" from, an online magazine for culinary insiders. Keilty received the honor at the 2011 Portland Rising Stars Tasting Gala and Awards Ceremony Dec. 5 at The Nines Hotel.

The Rising Stars awards traditionally recognize up-and-coming chefs, pastry chefs, sommeliers, and mixologists from around the country that represent future leaders of the national culinary scene. Portland's pioneering spirit motivated the magazine to include another four categories: baker, brewer, distiller and coffee roaster.

"The artisan spirit of Portland inspired us to add four exciting new awards to our existing group of culinary and restaurateur awards," explained StarChefs CEO/editor-in-chief Antoinette Bruno. "The last three highlight the outsize national influence, DIY spirit, and serious ambition of the Portland craft beverage community."

Keilty won out of a list of influential brewers in the Portland craft brewing scene that included Alex Ganum of Upright Brewing, Alan Sprints of Hair of the Dog, Ben Love of Hopworks Urban Brewery, and Ron Gansberg of Cascade Brewery.

"I'm humbled to be accepting this award," states Keilty. "I was honored just to be included as a finalist among this talented group of people, and I'm so proud to be a part of this amazing brewing community in Portland."

Keilty is a graduate of The Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY. He spent several years cooking at various restaurants throughout the country. It was while cooking in San Diego that he developed a series of successful wine and beer dinners and began homebrewing. He caught the beer bug and decided to start brewing professionally. He moved to Portland, eventually landing at Lompoc Brewing, where he initiated the brewery's barrel-aging program. He ages Lompoc beers in Bourbon and wine barrels, creating inventive and complex beers and opening up a whole new slew of possible flavor profiles.

This was the first time included Portland in its annual awards. The city joins the ranks of rising stars in New York, Chicago, Houston and Washington DC.

Rising Stars are up-and-coming chefs and culinary professionals who represent the vanguard of the contemporary American dining scene. They have strong, compelling culinary philosophies, are able to see beyond the four walls of their restaurant, and are committed to fostering a culinary community by sharing their knowledge with fellow professionals. Ultimately, creativity, ambition, exquisite presentation and, most important, delicious food wins a chef the designation of StarChefs Rising Star. They are the future of American cuisine.

For a complete list of winners, visit

* thanks to Chris Crabb, Media Relations Specialist for Lompoc Brewing, for keeping us in the loop with the above information! Cheers!