Dr. Wolfgang Stempfl
Dr. Wolfgang Stempfl has been Managing Director of the internationally renowned Brauakademie Doemens and the “intellectual father” of its Beersommelier training program since 2001, also bringing forth the Savor Academy – the place where all consumer experience-related topics around beer and mineral water are conveyed. He is a lecturer and head of theory and practice for Beersommelier education. He is also an expert in brewing and beverage technology in the consulting and training world, as well as organizer and judge at various national and international beer competitions (European Beer Star, Japan Beer Grand Prix and World Beer Cup). Stempfl, a doctor of food chemistry, has been working for Doemens Academy since 1987.
Since 2010, Petra Westphal has been leading the project group IV at Messe München, Inc. In addition to drinktec, the world’s leading trade fair for beverage and liquid food technology, she is also responsible for “drink technology India” in Mumbai as well as “food & drink technology Africa” in Johannesburg. In addition, the China Brew & China Beverage (CBB) in Beijing is co-organized by Messe München under her leadership. Petra Westphal has had many years of experience in event management. The qualified hotel manager has been working for Messe München since 1993, six years as project consultant and ten years as project manager of drinktec. Together with her entire project team, she learned to brew beer at Doemens and even created her own beer brand: “Orange Spirit made by drinktec Biermanufaktur”. Petra Westphal also has experience as a juror: Since 2001 she has served in this capacity at the prestigious European Beer Star competition.
Dr. Christina Schönberger
After studying brewing and beverage technology at the Technical University (TU) Munich-Weihenstephan, Dr. Christina Schönberger submitted her thesis titled “The Importance of Non-Volatile Flavoring in Beer”. Until January, 2005, Schönberger was an instructor for the German Brewery Association in Bonn in the areas of raw materials, technology and the promotion of science. Since 2005, she has been responsible for international customer technical consultation as Technical Sales Manager at Joh. Barth & Sohn. Dr. Schönberger’s specialties are biosensorics and hops research and she has been a regular contributor to numerous trade journals.
Sommelier Johannes Einzenberger is the owner of the wine trading company wein4senses, has been in the wine business for 20 years and consults for the specialist restaurant trade. He has also been a lecturer and dean for the sommelier diploma program at WIFI Salzburg (Austrian Federal Commerce Development Academy) for the past 20 years as well as a lecturer at the Secondary Education College of Austria. He has been a certified authority for the wine and spirits trade since 2006. With his in-depth knowledge and years of experience, he is one of the most popular and sought-after speakers in the country on the topics of cheeses & wines.
Steffen Jost is an historian and historical monument educator and, since 2011, has been responsible for the Munich food and travel blog “Feed me up before you go-go” (www.feedmeupbeforeyougogo.de) along with his wife, Sabrina Kiefer. Recipes, culinary travel reports and the latest trends from the world of eating and drinking are shared with their readers. On several journeys through the USA, Steffen Jost enjoyed the wide variety of craft beer styles first-hand, searching for the most exciting beers, even those that did not adhere to the Beer Purity Law of 1516. At beer tastings he has been organizing, he likes to present unusual beer styles, he writes regularly on the blog about a variety of beer issues and even prepares meals using beer.
Christoph Kämpf has been Managing Director of the Karmeliten brewery since 2008 and President of the Verband der Diplom Biersommeliers (Association of Beersommeliers) since 2013. In that year, he received the Federal Prize for outstanding innovative services in craftsmanship of the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology for the project “Energy-Efficient Brewery with Optimal Use of Raw Materials”. He is currently implementing the concept of energy-efficient breweries in the Karmeliten brewery and has thus already reduced his CO2 footprint by 40 percent. The brewery currently produces 20 different beer styles and has eight barrel-ripened beers, all brewed according to the Bavarian Beer Purity Law of 1516.
Simonmattia Riva has been a beer lover ever since a Chimay Grand Reserve changed his life on a memorable summer’s night in a remote mountain village. It was 1995, when the difference between the dark, frothy beer that smelled of dried figs, dates and dark chocolate and the light, thirst-quenching beverage he had become used to, prompted him to say: “If these two drinks are both beer, I’d like to try all kinds of beer.” While studying philosophy at the University of Milan, he traveled to Belgium, the Czech Republic, England and Germany to get to know the local beer styles and beer cultures. In 2007, he graduated from Unionbirrai in Italy, then in 2014 completed his training as Beersommelier at Doemens Academy. Since 2012, Simonmattia has been organizing tastings and taking part in Italian home-brew competitions. In 2015, he won the Sommeliers’ World Cup in São Paulo. Since then, Simonmattia has been a member of the Board of Directors of MoBI – Movimento Birrario Italiano and participated in tasting contests at numerous competitions (such as European Beer Star, Brussels Beer Challenge, Mondial de la Bière, Birra dell’Anno, Concurso Brasileiro da Cerveja). He gives advanced courses for the Doemens Italia, MoBI, Fermento Birra and Unionbirrai Tasters and writes for well-known beer magazines and guides in Italy. Mostly. however, he is a lover of great beers and can found every day tending bar and brewing beer at the Beer Garage Pub in Bergamo.
Cilene Saorin is from Brazil, where she studied food engineering as graduation and marketing as post graduation. In addition, she completed her training as a master brewer at the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid – Escuela Superior de Cerveza y Malta in Spain and her education as beer sommelier at the Doemens Academy in Germany. She has more than 24 years of professional experience in beer production, supplier development, brewing research, beer tasting and sensory management, having worked to some of the world’s major brewing companies. She has worked for Brahma, Petrópolis, Antarctica and AmBev in Brazil (1992-2001) and FlavorActiV in the UK (2001-2006). Currently, she is an independent brewer and beer sommelier and works in consulting. Since 2002, she teaches sensory management in the brewing industry at the Escuela Superior de Cerveza y Malta in Spain. In addition, since 2008, she serves as a representative for the Doemens Academy in Latin America and Iberian Peninsula, which offers beer sommelier training. She is a jury member at both the World Beer Cup in the USA and the European Beer Star in Germany.