Philter Brewing names new head brewer, Max Hämmerle

Philter Brewing head brewer Max Hämmerle

Philter Brewing has announced the appointment of Max Hämmerle as its new head brewer, with founder Sam Füss departing the business.

Originally from Bavaria, Germany, Hämmerle studied Brewing & Beverage Technology at Weihenstephan University before cutting his teeth at Riedenburger Brauhaus.

He joined Philter as lead brewer in 2021 following a five-year stint as senior brewer at Australian Brewery in Western Sydney.


“He’s proven himself the king of consistency, delivering brew after perfect brew,” Philter said in a statement.

“Max’s first recipe formulation for Philter was made to celebrate our 5th Birthday – the Cold IPA. We can all agree it is an exquisitely balanced banger of a beer.”

Co-founder Sam Füss – a previous guest on the Drinks Adventures podcast – will finish up with Philter at the end of May.

“While she remains a shareholder, Sam is leaving the hard yakka of the brewery in Max’s capable hands and will be taking the time to see the world and spend time with family,” Philter said.

“She’s incomparable and beloved by us all.”

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