Beer Birthday: Dick Cantwell

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Today is Dick Cantwell’s 58th birthday. He’s the former head brewer and co-founder of Elysian Brewing in Seattle, Washington. In addition to brewing, Dick’s a great writer, too, and his work frequently appears in numerous beer magazines. Cantwell’s the co-author of Barley Wine and the soon-to-be-published Wood & Beer: A Brewer’s Guide, with Peter Bouckaert from New Belgium Brewing. He was also on the BA’s board of directors and headed both the Communications and Pipeline committees. More recently, he’s taken a job as the Quality Ambassador for the Brewers Association. Join me in wishing Dick a very happy birthday.

Award-winning Portland beer writer Lisa Morrison and Dick at an Elysian event during OBF.

Dick, with an English volunteer, and Sam Calagione, from Dogfish Head Brewing in Delaware, enjoying themselves at the Elysian Booth during the Alaska Barleywine Festival in 2008.

Enjoying a pint at the Falling Rock in Denver with Portland Brewing co-founder Fred Bowman during GABF week.


Kim in costume with Dick Cantwell at Elysian’s annual pumpkin festival in 2013. [Note: This photo purloined from Facebook.]


  1. says

    Dick is one of my favorite brewers. Throughout his tenure in the brewing world, he has been a class act.

    Happy birthday, Dick, and many more!

    Ben Holmes
    Kansas City

  2. Judy Ashworth says

    Hoppy Beerthday Dick Cantwell. I wish you much success in your endeavors. I have always had the utmost respect for your brewing and convictions concerning the craft beer world. Thank you, Judy Ashworth, former Publican of Lyons Brewery.

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