Steve doesn't claim to be a beer expert but he absolutely loves craft beer and has lots of experience tasting (drinking) it. Having lived and been of legal drinking age before craft beer existed, he greatly appreciates the wonderful gift that craft beer has become. He had his first beer in 1962 and his first craft beer in 1989 shortly after moving to Seattle. Of course he has his favorite beers, beer styles and favorite breweries but both lists are always growing as he enjoys trying new beers at every opportunity. He is an avid home brewer and by the end of this year expects to have completed the training and testing required to receive his BJCP certification.
Lee can trace his love of craft beer to a precise moment in time. Though he had dabbled in craft from time to time, it wasn’t until DEBC b1 Wealth and Taste that he realized the world of flavors and high alcohol content were out there for the sampling. Since then, Lee has volunteered as the volunteer captain at the entry for all 7 years of Big Texas Beer Fest. He even has the logo tattooed on his leg. In his spare time, he enjoys traveling to craft beer destinations around the world. He has traveled to such destinations as De Garde, Russian River, Hill Farmstead, Tree House, Trillium, Cycle, Funky Buddha, and even the world’s oldest continually operating brewery in Praha,Česká Republika. On a given weekend, you can find him at your local Whole Foods watching middle aged drinkers hit on each other, chasing hops at Turning Point Beer in Bedford, or at one of his monthly meetups with a craft beer group for parents he founded called Babies and Beers. His passion for all things craft beer is as limitless as his ginger beard is awe inspiring. In addition to travel and beer, Lee enjoys long distance hiking, fishing, learning new languages, collecting tattoos, and hardcore punk.