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Golden City Brewing
Westword: What is your brewing experience?
Sarah Henderson: Nearly three years as the assistant brewer at Golden City Brewing before becoming head brewer last fall; six-week internship at Avery Brewing in Boulder; four years of homebrewing.
What is your brewing education and regular education?
American Brewers Guild in 2010; graduated Colorado School of Mines with a degree in engineering, mechanical specialty.
What do you like about brewing?
I love brewing because I get to produce a great product that everyone enjoys. It's like being a chef, but I'm making great beers. I love cooking and food and beers that go along with the food as well. It's so much fun to have total control over making exactly the beer that I want and then sharing it with everyone.
Whats the most challenging/rewarding parts of being a woman in the brewhouse?
The most rewarding part of being a woman in the brewhouse is producing something everyone loves that they haven't tried before. The hardest part is being short, haha. The brewhouse was built for someone over six feet, and I am not that tall!
Favorite beer styles to drink and brew?
I love to mix unique spices and ingredients into the beers. I'm looking forward to getting more into sours and barrel-aged beers as well.
What is your ultimate goal in the industry?
I think my ultimate goal would be to implement my major into my career by consulting breweries on design and efficiency.