Kelly McKnight

Lead Research & Development Brewer

New Belgium Brewing

Kelly McKnight (she/her) studied pre-med and chemistry at Harvard and decided to become a brewer instead. She was the head brewer at a small brewpub in Boston before getting the call to move back to her hometown and brew for New Belgium Brewing in Fort Collins, Colorado. Ten years ago, she began brewing in production and then moved into the research and development (R&D) department where she has been the lead R&D brewer for the last five years. Kelly spends her time working with her team to create new small batch recipes on the 10hL pilot system that range from one-offs, collaborations with other breweries, base blends for the wood cellar, pure research, or versions of future large brands that will go to scale on the production systems.