Dr. James Shellhammer is a brewer and the QA/QC Scientist at DC Brau Brewing Company, DC’s first production brewery since 1956. James began homebrewing in 2013 during graduate school where he studied how yeast metabolism changes in response to environmental stress conditions. He spent two years living in Dublin, Ireland and has traveled Europe experiencing different beer cultures and learning about beer history. James began his professional brewing career in 2019 as QA/QC Program Manager at Silver Branch Brewing Company, where he set up and ran the quality and sensory programs. In early 2022, he began working at DC Brau where he brews on the 30-barrel brewhouse and is working on expanding the lab program. James has led forums for homebrewers about yeast and fermentation, and is an active member of the DC brewing community.