Walking Man Brewing in Stevenson Announces New Head Brewer

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Stevenson, Washington — Bringing over a decade of industry experience as a true journeyman, Ryan Blasquez joins Walking Man Brewing.  Beginning in the cellar at Three Creeks Brewing, Blasquez’s career led to four years as Lead Brewer at Bend Brewing Co., to large-scale production during his time with Sierra Nevada Brewing. Ryan’s path ultimately returned him to the Pacific Northwest, where a stint at Double Mountain led to the opportunity to become Walking Man’s Head Brewer.  

In his new role, Blasquez will continue crafting Walking Man’s award-winning classics, including their flagship, Walking Man IPA, Homo Erectus Imperial IPA and the fan-favorite Cherry Stout in addition to developing and brewing his own recipes. With small-batch, hands-on production, focused primarily on producing beer for the Stevenson brewpub, Blasquez will manage brewhouse operations, from procuring raw goods to having finished beer ready to be enjoyed. 

“I hope to honor the legacy of the brand,” Blasquez shares, “while focusing on my love for hoppy, west coast IPAs, well-crafted lagers, and classic Pacific Northwest and English-style pub beers.”  

Walking Man Brewing began with the vision of founder and original Brewmaster, Bob Craig.  He wanted to create a place that embodied the old-world essence of a small community brewpub. Beginning with a three-barrel batch of what became Pale Strider Pale Ale in 1999, Walking Man Brewing became the first microbrewery in Washington State’s Columbia River Gorge.  

International recognition donned in 2006 when awarded two World Beer Cup Gold Medals, including one for Walking Man IPA.  Industry awards continued and popularity of the brand grew, making Walking Man a destination for beer enthusiasts. Walking Man remains the quintessential small-town pub for locals and visitors to enjoy. 

“Over the last twenty-four years, we’ve seen the craft beer industry change tremendously.  While we continue to adapt and evolve, Walking Man remains true to its roots. We’re a small pub in a small town with a small team, striving to craft great beer and create an atmosphere where everyone feels welcome to share what we do.  We are thrilled Ryan is joining us on this journey,“ said Tabatha Wiggins, Co-Owner of Walking Man. 

WALKING MAN BREWING opened the Stevenson brewpub and beer garden to guests in the fall of 2000.  With a 17-barrel brewhouse they produce small batches of hand-crafted beers to serve to guests and distribute in Washington and Oregon.  Open year-round, the pub offers a full menu, seasonal events and a welcoming atmosphere for families, friends and travelers from around the globe. 

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