Jeff & JoAnne


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.


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JoAnne Carilli-Stevenson, the owner of AspenGold marketing and event services, has over 23 years of experience in the brewing and distilling industries. She was the previous Marketing Director at the Brewers Association;  Sales & Marketing Director at White Labs and founded the Colorado Distillers Guild.  She has spoken at numerous beverage and fermentation conferences worldwide including the Craft Brewers Conference; World Beer Cup; Big Beers, Belgians and Barleywines Festival; American Homebrewers Association Conference; Bio World Industrial Congress; American Distillers Institute Conference, White Labs Distillation Class & The Society of Microbiology RAMC.  In addition, she has created and worked on unique events including Gear & Cheer,  CBC Dodgeball Tournament, ABC Learn to Climb Day & V16-The Next Generation Youth Bouldering Competition. She lives in Boulder, Colorado with her son, Cody and when not in the kitchen can be found out trail running, climbing or traveling to the next adventure.