Jeff Mendel is a partner in Left Hand Brewing Company and a judge at the Great American Beer Festival. He has been involved in the craft brewing industry for over 27 years as Director of the Institute for Brewing Studies and the National Microbrewers Conference and Trade Show, co-founder of Tabernash Brewing Company, co-founder of the Colorado Brewers Guild, co-founder of Indian Peaks Distributing Co. and now as co-founder of Sapere Aude. Jeff’s goal is to provide his clients with a high-contact drink and food experience so they may gain a passion and joy for supporting our local producers and providers of artisan foods and craft beverages. Jeff lives in Boulder, Colorado with his wife Daphne and dogs Nola and Karma. When he’s not eating and/or drinking, Jeff enjoys golf, hiking with his dogs and riding his bike.