Kim Collins: Owner, Head Brewer, Educator, Adventurer
After years of creative homebrewing, Kim earned her Brewing and Malting Certificate from the Master Brewer’s Association of the Americas. In 2012, Kim began her professional brewing career as a Brewing Apprentice with Tommyknocker Brewing. Through the years, Kim had the opportunity to brew for Boulder Beer, Epic Brewing Company – Denver, Barrels & Bottles Brewery, and Wynkoop Brewing Company. She became a Certified Cicerone in 2016 and uses her training and experiences to produce thoughtful, innovative pairings with our chef, as well as making drinkable, delicious craft beer. To better prepare herself to be a brewery owner, Kim earned a Certificate in the “Business of Craft Brewing” from Portland State University, during the spring of 2017.
When Kim is not brewing, she is playing in the Great Outdoors. She taught in the Outdoor Recreation Departments of Indiana University Bloomington (6 years) and Metropolitan State University of Denver (4 years), focusing on outdoor leadership through canoeing, outdoor ethics, whitewater paddling, hiking, backpacking, event planning, navigation, cross-country skiing, and more.
Why does Kim love craft beer so much?
Kim studied Outdoor Recreation at Indiana University. During her college years, while playing for the IU Women’s Rugby Club, she was able to play matches all over the Midwest and try a lot of different local brewery’s beers. Beer was the only thing to make the post-rugby match pain stop. Her first local craft beer was Upland Wheat, which she remembers fondly, as she and the rugby girls used to sit on the patio in Bloomington and drink pitchers on sunny days. From this, she learned that craft beer had a lot more flavor and depth to offer and she fell deep down the rabbit hole, seeking all different styles of craft beer.
Our other Awesome Staff Members are to be announced!
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The women of Guardian Brewing Company proudly belong to the Pink Boots Society, a non-profit organization that “assists, inspires, and encourages women beer professionals through education.”
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