BECOMING A CRAFT BREWER
MEET STEVE BRADBURY, 2021 PATRICK GANGWER BREWING SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENT
Meet Steve Bradbury of Jackson, Ohio. The first line of Steve's scholarship application read 'I am a husband, father, grandfather, and home brewer.' He has his priorities in order but, that was just the tip of the iceberg because Steve is many more things.
There are uncanny parallels with Steve's path of accomplishments which align with those of Patrick's. Nurse, home brewer and contest winner, avid host, fermentation explorer, etc.
Steve has been in nursing for 30+ years, currently serving as a registered nurse in ambulatory surgery. He is also an avid home brewer of eleven years with aspirations of becoming a professional brewer. A self-described beer nerd, Steve has built multiple brew systems, grows his own hops, and explores a variety of beverage and vegetable fermentations.
Steve will be starting classes at Hocking College this Fall.
ABOUT THE PATRICK GANGWER BREWING SCHOLARSHIP at HOCKING COLLEGE
Full tuition (4 semesters) to a qualifying high school graduate beginning with the Autumn semester of the 2021-2022 academic year enrolled in the Associate of Applied Science/Fermentation Science Brewing program in Nelsonville, Ohio.
MAKE A DONATION TO PATRICK'S ONGOING LEGACY
Help us send a brewing student to college every year by supporting our ongoing fundraisers or by making a donation directly to the Patrick Gangwer Brewing Scholarship and the Hocking College Foundation. Be sure to enter the text The Patrick Gangwer Brewing Scholarship in the optional "Add a note" field on the form.
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Checks can be made out to the Hocking College Foundation. Designate "The Patrick Gangwer Brewing Scholarship" as your gift in the memo line of the check. All checks can be mailed to this address.
Hocking College Foundation
3301 Hocking Pkwy
Nelsonville, OH 45764
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Patrick Gangwer was born in Fremont, Ohio in 1978, attended Fremont City Schools, played trumpet and tuba in the marching band and married his high school sweetheart, Lisa Wethington, and soon became a father of three.
Patrick's career trajectory reflected his intellect and diversity of passions. A firefighter, EMT/paramedic, registered nurse, and educator with Central Ohio Technical College before turning that twenty-year career in medicine to craft brewing. A regular participant at regional beer swaps and bottle releases, Patrick became close with most of Ohio's burgeoning craft brew family and craft fans. In 2010, along with three Fremont buddies, Patrick brewed his first home brew in a home-made five gallon system without the use of a brew kit. The trio sourced their own grains, hops, and yeast for this pale ale. His home brewing would later earn his first beer award winning the Fremont Homebrew Throwdown.
A particular fan of Jackie O's in Athens, Ohio, and their 'Calendar Days' bottle release lotteries and private tastings, Patrick began a relationship with Jackie O's brewer Brad Clark through their mutual passion of microbes and fermentation science. Brad invited Patrick to establish a yeast lab program at Jackie O's. Their friendship and working relationship would mark the beginning of Patrick's rapid rise as a distinguished craft brewer.
In 2015 Patrick took his first job as brewer with Kindred Brewing, a developing start up in Gahanna, Ohio. Patrick would later become barrel house manager, creating Kindred's respected sour and wild fermentation ales program.
Three Tigers Brewing Co in Granville, Ohio lured Patrick with a head brewer opportunity in 2017. Patrick jumped at the chance to define the emerging brewing program at this college town brew pub and to be closer to home and family after moving to Granville a few years earlier. Patrick quickly established his superior brewing skills at Three Tigers Brewing with a Best Tripel Runner Up for Tripel "OH" Seven Belgian Tripel in 2018 at the King Of Ohio annual beer competition organized by beer bloggers and writers in Ohio.
Patrick was a one-of-a-kind with an infectious smile, boisterous sense of humor, and passion for adventure. He loved being outdoors fishing, backpacking, and hunting. He was an awesome cook, voracious reader, and Bengal fan. He loved his wife and kids deeply.
Patrick D. Gangwer passed away Monday, June 3, 2019 at the James Cancer Hospital in Columbus. He was 41.