Horst Dornbusch

Horst Dornbusch is an internationally known authority on beer, an award-winning beer author and brewer, a multi­lingual beer raconteur, and the owner of Cerevisia Communications , a PR agency servicing international and American companies and associations in the beverage industry.

He is a frequent contributor to print and on-line publications on two Continents. In 2002, his article on Sahti, the Finnish Ale, was awarded the Golden Quill and Tankard Award of the North American Guild of Beer Writers as the best feature on brewing that year. Media appearances have included spots on NPR and the BBC.

Dornbusch is fluently bilingual in English and German and knows enough French and Spanish to get himself into trouble. He has given countless public speeches and held tastings in venues large and small, including the Culinary Institute of America, the Boston Learning Society, the Association of Brewers National Craft Brew Conference, the BeerAdvocate Boston Beer Fest and Belgian Beer Fest, the Association of Brewers National Homebrewers Conference, the historical Old South Meeting House Museum in Boston, the German-American Business Council, the Goethe Institute, the Rotary Club, the Union Club in Boston, and the Weyermann Specialty Malting Company International Beer Tasting in Bamberg, Germany.

His publishing career spans three decades and has included positions as radio news editor for the Canadian Broadcasting corporation, editor of a horse magazine, book editor for the Reader's Digest, and technical publications manager for Siemens Medical Electronics. He has also been a microbrewery owner in the 1990s. His brewing awards include a Bronze Medal at the 2000 Great American Beer Festival. He has written three books on beer: Prost! The Story of German Beer as well as the Classic Beer Style volumes Altbier and Bavarian Helles.

Horst Dornbusch was born in Düsseldorf, Germany, where he earned his Abitur (the classic German high school diploma). He then attended Ruhr-Universität in Bochum, where he became a Fulbright Scholar. After immigrating to the New World in 1969, he received a B.A. from Reed College in Oregon and an M.A from Brandeis University in Massachusetts. He makes his home in West Newbury, Massachusetts.

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