King County Library wants to help you get brewing

by Nate Muller – Senior Homebrew Correspondent

Are you a beer lover who would like to start homebrewing? Did you buy a homebrewing book, but you still haven’t found the energy to open it?
Believe it or not, King County Library is looking to help you out. They are sponsoring a series of beginning homebrewing classes at various libraries around the county. They have partnered with a friend of mine, Steve Antoch. He’s a master beer judge and a fantastic teacher. The classes are targeted to people who have never tried homebrewing, but there will also be plenty to learn for a novice. The classes will cover everything you need to know to brew your first batch: ingredients, equipment, and process.

The class schedule and teacher bios are below.  As you can see, I’m one of the teachers. I hope to see you at one of the classes!


Updated 2/19/2011

  • Federal Way 320th Library,  4/6/2011, 7pm,  Mike Hausenfluck
  • Mercer Island Library, 4/20/2011, 7pm,  Nate Muller
  • Maple Valley Library, 4/20/2011,  7pm, Steve Antoch
  • Des Moines Library, 5/8/2010, 2pm, Peter Twigg
  • Fairwoods Library, 5/10/2011, 7pm,  Mike Hausenfluck
  • Fall City Library, 5/12/2011, 7pm, Steve Antoch
  • Shoreline Library, 5/19/2011, 7pm, Nate Muller

Homebrewer Instructor Biographies

Dan O’Leary –  Dan has been brewing for just over 6 years. Dan is the Treasurer of Kent’s Impaling Alers Homebrew Club. He has won several 1st place medals for various beers in competitions between Minnesota and Washington. Most notably, Dan took 2nd Place at the National Homebrew Competition in 2010 for his American Wheat beer. Dan generally brews true to established styles but is dabbling into Sour Ales and some collaborative barrel aging projects.

Dan is a commercial airline pilot for Horizon Air, based out of SEA-TAC. He has been flying for Horizon for over 10 years.

Mark Emiley –   Mark Emiley has been homebrewing since 1998, when he cooked up his first batch of Porter. With over 225 extract and all-grain batches under his belt, he has won numerous beer-making awards and his recipes have even been brewed commercially many times. Mark has passed the Institute of Brewing and Distilling’s General Certificate in Brewing & Packaging examination through UC Davis. As the Executive Chair of the Washington Homebrewers Association and President of the Boeing Employees Wine and Beer Makers Club (BEWBC), he has taught dozens of homebrewers how to start brewing, both individually and in group classes. He has brewed beers from every style in the BJCP’s (Beer Judge Certification Program) style guidelines and is a BJCP judge, holding the rank of Master.  Mark is a former US Air Force officer and analyst for The Boeing Company.

Mike Hausenfluck – Mike began homebrewing in 1994.  He is a Past President of Kent’s Impaling Alers Homebrew club.  Mike has won numerous awards in homebrew competitions over the years.  He is a Certified BJCP Judge, and loves brewing all styles, but particularly enjoys brewing Belgians such as Saison. He is a graduate of the American Brewers Guild Craftbrewer’s Apprenticeship Program.  Mike is a high school Spanish and French teacher in the Issaquah School District. Teaching others is among his passions in life.

Nate Muller –  Nate has been brewing since 2004.  He is the Treasurer of Kirkland’s Cascade Brewer’s Guild homebrew club.  He’s a BJCP Certified beer judge, which has taught him to appreciate just about every style of beer.  He recently won best-in-show at the Seattle Weekly homebrew competition with his Belgian Dubbel named OmmeKNate, earning him the opportunity to brew his recipe at Big Al’s professional brewery. The beer was on tap around Seattle, as Big Al’s Local Hero #9. His latest brewing interest has been trying to perfect a flavorful session beer. He’s still working on the perfect recipe.  Nate is a Product Manager at Microsoft.

Peter Twigg – In 1996, Peter purchased a basic beer kit for his father for Christmas. Over the next 14 years, the hobby has become more his own than his father’s and the simple kit has expanded into a good portion of the garage and basement. He brews at least monthly and shares anything he deems acceptable with as many people as he can find. Peter has won numerous awards for his beers including Best of Show at the NovembeerFest Competition in 2009 with a fantastic English mild. He took the BJCP exam in the fall and is anxiously awaiting his final exam results. Peter is a Technical Project Manager (PMP certified) and currently works as an independent consultant.

Steve Antoch – Steve began home brewing since 2002 when he was given a “Mr. Beer” kit as a Christmas present. He is one of the founders of the Mt. Si Brewing Society, which meets in Snoqualmie, and is one of the Charter members of the Washington Homebrewer’s Association, holding the position of Education Focal. He has won several awards for his beers in various homebrew competitions around the Puget Sound area.  He is a BJCP Judge holding the rank of Master, teaches the BJCP Certification classes to train other BJCP Beer Judges, and is a BJCP Exam Grader. Steve is a former US Army Officer and works as a Computing Research Engineer for FTI Consulting.


  1. I checked with the organizer about the King County Library homebrewing classes. The classes are free to the public and they do not require registration. You can check out the full list of KCLS events here:


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