Brewing beer to help skiers
Age: 28 Hometown: South Lake Tahoe, CA Occupation: Senior Scientist and Microbiologist at Fremont Brewing, Seattle, WA
Growing up skiing at Heavenly, California, Krystin Norman always envisioned herself getting a PHD in cancer research. Instead, she found her calling in brewing beer. Last year, Norman handcrafted the Snowpack Pale Ale, a limited-edition brewski for Fremont Brewing that became the Seattle-based brewery’s most successful beer release to date.
They sold out of 2,000 tall boys and 14 kegs in two days and donated $3,000 from proceeds to support avalanche education scholarships through Shejumps, an organization Norman has worked with for three years.
When she’s not in the lab monitoring fermentation levels to improve beer quality (the Lord’s work), Norman can be found leading freeride courses with Shejumps or coaching youth ski clinics at Crystal Mountain Resort. —Interview by Jillian Queri
Early ski memories:
We were at Mammoth for vacation. It was super windy and snowing really hard. All I wanted was hot chocolate.
I worked in a fossilized plant lab at the Desert Research Institute in Reno right after high school.
How I got into brewing:
I had been home brewing for fun and I was really interested in the microbiology of beer. At the time, I was working at a cancer research center, but found an opening at a beer lab. I liked it so much that I went to full time.
What I do at work:
I basically move very precise amounts of liquid (beer) and cells (yeast) around with fancy instruments and glassware.
Why I sold a beer to benefit Shejumps:
A lot of women in the Pacific Northwest are in the backcountry, which is awesome, but many can’t afford avy courses. I wanted to help provide affordable avy education for my peers.
Advice I’d give my 15-year-old self:
Learn how to do backflips.