This brew’s for you Kate!

Final Kate Label front

When Kate Rebholz celebrated her 90th birthday recently, her family surprised her with a very fitting and special tribute…her own beer! Son Chris explained that their family lives in Milwaukee and has been indirectly involved in the beer industry their entire lives.

Final Kate Label back

Kate’s story.


Bill and Chris with Brewer Kirby Nelson on brewing day.


Mike McGuire (left) and Patrick Rowland measure hops.

Chris and Bill, Kate’s grandson, were at Rowland’s Calumet Brewing Co., right up the street from Briess in Chilton, Wis., where “Kate’s Devil’s Brew” was brewed.

Kirby Nelson, brewmaster for Wisconsin Brewing Co., Verona, Wis., oversaw the brew, assisted by his ops manager Mike McGuire and Calumet Brewing Co. brewer Patrick Rowland. The Rebolz family is partners in Wisconsin Brewing Co.

Chris said the family wanted to make this special beer for their mother using “Made in Wisconsin” ingredients, which included Briess malts.

“Kate’s Devil’s Brew” is an English-style Ale developed by Kirby. What a nice tribute to this mother of 12.

Happy 90th Kate!

About Penny Pickart

Penny PickartPenny is a trusted and highly-sought advisor to the brewing industry. Her passion for the brew industry and continued education through Siebel Institute of Technology as well as MBAA courses have helped her develop expertise in malt and beer sensory over her 20 years of experience. Penny is always willing to jump in with both feet with brewers to troubleshoot brewhouse performance issues and her customers seek her out due to her malt characteristic expertise to assist in recipe formulation. Further, that expertise has led her to be a judge at competitions nationwide including GABF and World Beer Cup.

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