Dave Thomas. Dave is Brewer Emeritus at Dostal Alley Brewpub in Central City, Colorado; Executive Brewing Consultant for several companies and a print journalist for The Brewer and Distiller International (London, England). During 32 years at Coors Brewing Co., Dave was R&D Director and Traveling Brewmaster in Korea, England, Golden, Memphis and Shenandoah breweries and malthouses.
He has written two books. The first, "Of Mines & Beer!" relates the history of 19th century Colorado breweries. His second book, "The Craft Maltsters Handbook", was written to capture much of Dave's malting experience for the 100+ startup craft maltsters in North America.
The industrial process of germination-which converts hard, insoluble cereals into friable, extractable grains for subsequent use as a food source for humans or yeast - is called malting. The Craft Maltsters' Handbook provides an in-depth understanding of the technical and scientific meanings of words and phrases used in malting and is an up-to-date reference on the many types of malts used in brewing and distilling today. The rise in craft micro-malting is a nod to the 19th century men and women who provided the malt for brewing/distilling and part of the growing trend of taking back an art from large multinational corporations who have come to dominate much of agriculture and manufacturing.