A native Charlottean, yes there are some, has been crafting mead, cider, and beer since 1994. He has won several hundred awards in competition including CBOY Mead and Cider Maker of the Year for North Carolina with 12 top 3 placements (4 of them 1st).
He is a Beer Judge Certification Program (BJCP) National Judge (one of about 835 holding that rank or higher) and also has the BJCP Mead Judge Endorsement. Kevin has served as President of the Carolina BrewMasters, a local homebrew club which was also Radagast Homebrew Club of the Year during his tenure, VP of Education, and on its board from 2014-2017.
As an IT professional (MCSE, Unified Communications) transitioning to the professional world of Cider and Mead making, the logical and process driven grind coupled with the creative animus of bringing true craft beverages to life is a “best of all worlds” scenario!
Away from the Cidery, spending time with friends and family, reading, watching football or boxing, participating in church activities and dividing the world into things that can be fermented versus those that cannot take up his time!