“2020, the year of COVID-19, hit several industries hard, including craft brewing. We used limited taproom operations as an opportunity to invest time into restructuring our team, including seeking to fill the position for a Head Brewer that would excite beer fanatics with phenomenal beer offerings,” said Eric Schmidt, Co-Founder & Director of Operations.
“Our 2020 goal was to come out swinging in 2021. Having a great team in place making great beer was our top priority. Sean Carnahan is the perfect fit to lead our brew team. He is a brilliant brewer who has been a key contributor to the tremendous growth at BlackStack brewing. Before Blackstack, he was at Fair State Brewing Cooperative, and prior to that he was with the long-time respected Town Hall Brewery. Sean is known for his fantastic beers and quality brewing. We are looking forward to a year of great beer in 2021,” said Tony Hessburg, Director of Sales & Marketing.
In addition to working with multiple highly respected Minnesota craft brewers, Sean is currently in a three year program to earn a Diploma in Brewing from the Institute of Brewing and Distilling (IBD). IBD qualifications are the most widely recognized brewing qualifications in the world. “Brewing has been a passion and lifestyle for me for over a decade now, and I’m ecstatic to be able to bring that energy to the next phase of Insight Brewing. Creatively and stylistically, Insight has always been extremely cohesive to my brewing style, and I’m looking forward to applying that cohesion on both a large-scale as well as in the taproom,” said Sean Carnahan, Head Brewer.
Insight Brewing was founded in 2014 with a mission to brew the world’s finest beers and has built strong consumer loyalty with year-round brands, including Troll Way IPA, and seasonal offerings. With Sean leading the brew team, Insight is excited to announce Hop Spin, a limited release IPA series. This series will bring consumers a rotation of exciting new IPA profiles, and for retail partners, Hop Spin will be a new year-round facing with one SKU and one price for the entire series.