Golden Valley Brewery: Mark Vickery leaving, new brewer Jesse Shue coming on

Golden Valley BreweryBig news to come out of McMinnville’s Golden Valley Brewery this week: Brewmaster Mark Vickery is leaving to start his own brewing venture, and Hair of the Dog brewer Jesse Shue will be coming in to replace him. Here’s the press release:

Golden Valley Brewery in McMinnville, Oregon, is very pleased to announce that we have hired Jesse Shue as Brew Master to replace current Brewer Mark Vickery who is starting his own brewery later this year. A McMinnville Native, who worked at Golden Valley in the kitchen in 1994, Jesse Shue will be taking over the brewery operations at Golden Valley in late May. Jesse will be leaving his current position as brewer for Hair of the Dog Brewing Company in Portland May 19.

Jesse also worked at Nick’s Italian Café from 1991-1996 while attending high school. After graduating from McMinnville High School as senior class president in 1993, Jesse attended Califoirnia Institute of Technology then transferred and graduated in 1999 with a Bachelors of Science in Biology from Oregon State University cum Laude.

Jesse started his brewing career working for Darren Welch at Pelican Brewery in Pacific City in 2000 and has been brewing ever since. Over the past 13 years he has been developing his beer knowledge by brewing at the following breweries;

Pelican Pub, Pacific City, Assistant brewer
McMenamin’s Light House Brewpub, Lincoln City, Oregon, Head brewer
Rogue Ales, Newport, Oregon Shift Brewer
Silver City Brewery, Silverdale Washington Head Brewer
Hair of the Dog Brewing, Portland Oregon Lead Brewer

In 2010 he won the Glen Falconer Foundation Brewing Scholarship and attended the World Brewing Academy (Siebel Institute in Chicago, Illinois)

Jesse and his wife are excited to move back to the McMinnville area where both their parents live. Jesse brings a lot of great brewing experience and new ideas to his new position at Golden Valley and we are excited to welcome him to the Golden Valley Team.

It will definitely be interesting to see what Jesse brings to Golden Valley. AND what Mark Vickery will be up to!