From Michigan to Marrickville – The Grifter head brewer Karli Small: S8E8

With a background in sensory science, Karli Small began her brewing career as a lab technician at West End Brewery in Adelaide, South Australia.

She held a series of brewing roles at West End before relocating to North America, where she was hired by Bell’s Brewery.

Bells is the Michigan-based company behind Two Hearted IPA, voted ‘best beer in America’ four years running since it unseated Russian River Brewing Company’s Pliny The Elder Double IPA in 2017.

Karl spent almost five years at Bell’s, finishing as brewing manager in September 2019.

She’s back in Australia now, based in Sydney as head brewer & production manager at one of my locals, The Grifter Brewing Company.

The Grifter Brewing Company head brewer Karli Small
The Grifter Brewing Company head brewer Karli Small

I started by asking Karli how it was that she found her way from Michigan to Marrickville.

Nose Dive author Harold McGee on ‘smell echoes’ in drinks: S8E7
Pilsner: How the Beer of Kings Changed the World – S8E2
Vegan beer, sake and wine hybrids with Yulli’s Brews: S5E2

Author: James Atkinson

Journalist specialising in the food, drink, travel and hospitality arenas. Australian International Beer Awards 2017 Media Award Winner and Certified Cicerone®.

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