Meet the Instructors
Jeremy Myers, Curriculum Coordinator
Myers, former owner and co-founder of Neshaminy Creek Brewing Company, served as head brewer from 2010 to 2019 where he earned Philly Beer Scene Brewer of the Year from 2016 to 2018. He created the Mutual Respect Brewers Co-op, a collaboration of smaller breweries that share resources while also maintaining their individual brewery brands. Currently Myers is also a consultant to the Braumanufaktur Bachs in Neunkirchen, Germany, training German brewers in American craft brewing techniques. His brewing credentials include certificates from the Sibel Institute, HACCP Level 2 Food Safety, and qualification as a recognized judge by the Beer Judge Certification Program.
Joe Hertrich, Instructor (Malts)
Hertrich is the retired Group Director, Brewing Raw Materials at Anheuser-Busch, Inc. His responsibilities included the operation of the company’s malt plants, rice mills and hop farms, and the supervision of all facilities that produced and handled brewing raw materials for Anheuser-Busch products worldwide.
Prior to joining Anheuser-Busch, Hertrich held various positions in brewing with The Stroh Brewery Company, the Pabst Brewing Company, and the Christian Schmidt Brewing Company. In retirement, he continues to consult, teach, write, and speak on his observations over 55 years in the U.S. brewing industry.
Hertrich served as the former President of the Master Brewers Association of the Americas (MBAA) and received both the MBAA Award of Honor and the MBAA Distinguished Life Service Award. He is a member of MBAA, American Society of Brewing Chemists, Brewers Association, and the Craft Maltsters Guild.
Erik Walp, Instructor (Yeast)
Walp is an alumni of Penn State University, earning a BS in Biology in 2005. He worked in medical research for nearly a decade at respected facilities around the country including USA Cancer Research Institute, WRAIR, Emory University and CHOP. He began his professional brewing career at Neshaminy Creek Brewing in 2013 and was integral in their growth from 1500 to 20,000 bbls/yr. He served as lead brewer prior to establishing their quality control lab where he spent his final three years. Walp also co-created Croydon is Burning, a classic Rauchbier that has won numerous GABF medals. Walp most recently served as Head Brewer and Director of Operations for CoHops Brewery & Cannery contract brewing facility and was instrumental in transforming a small, failing brewpub into a respectable regional contract-brewing facility. Walp's brewing-specialization includes training in Siebel Brewing Quality Control and MBAA Packaging & Technology.