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With a strong thirst for good beer and a penchant for experimentation, it was practically inevitable that he try brewing his own beer. And so, in 2002, he and a friend brewed a batch of beer together. It was terrible. Never one to give up, Cole brewed a second batch which was mind-blowingly awesome. Needless to say, he was hooked. For the past ten years, Cole’s tinkered and obsessed over the craft of brewing beer. From an early start as a homebrewer, he focused on quality control, counting yeast cells and maintaining consistent fermentation temperature. One of his favorite beers to brew is a dunkel because it’s brewed using a triple decoction mash which gives it a perfect balance of malt and melanoidins.
Despite his upbringing in the flatlands of Nebraska, Cole took to the mountains at an early age. He summited his first peak in Colorado at the age of three with his alpine-savvy parents and he learned to ski in Iowa as a child. At age 14, he began telemark skiing in leather boots, even though modern plastic ski boots were readily available. Upon moving to northwest Montana, Cole took to telemark ski racing and has competed both nationally and internationally. A modern day Renaissance man, Cole still fires his coal burning forge to blacksmith, plays his classical guitar, and when prompted, especially after a few pints, can recite Old English verse.
Please note: her parents really are good people and wouldn’t subject a child to beer consumption at an early age, but it did make for a funny picture (besides, it was the early 1980s).
Maggie grew up on the shores of Lake Michigan in a small northern Michigan town. Her parents strapped skis to her feet when she was two years old and ever since, she’s been a ski bum. She’s also cultivated a taste for beer with her first job high school working for a small brewery in her hometown. Her main loves are skiing, writing, wander lusting and beer. She moved to northwest Montana in 2004, fulfilling her lifelong dream of living in the mountains. If you go ski or paddle with her, chances are she’ll have a cooler stocked with craft brews in the back of her car. Maggie is a big fan of celebrating all of life’s moments, be they big or small, with a beer.
Maggie’s been the official taste tester for Cole’s brews for years and she swears it’s the most horrible job on the face of this beautiful planet. She’s a jokester, too.