Founder & Brewmaster, Sixpoint Craft Ales (Brooklyn, NY)
The son of a carpenter and do-it-yourself mother, Shane C. Welch was raised in a house his father built and wore the clothes his mother sewed growing up. These formative years of inventiveness, resourcefulness, and nuclear love propelled and supercharged Shane to entrepreneurship in later years. An early interest and inclination in chemistry and the physical sciences put Shane on the fast track to collegiate studies, but he dropped out when he was 19 and followed his heart to pursue fermentation science. After completing a three year apprenticeship as a brewmaster's assistant, and then backpacking around the world and visiting over 100 breweries, Shane distilled these experiences into the idea of Sixpoint Brewery. Sixpoint refers to the ancient six-pointed brewers' star, which has symbolically adorned breweries since at least the Medieval period. Shane believes that in our ultra-interconnected modern world it will be generosity and authenticity that will take businesses to soaring heights in an inspirational new paradigm.