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My name is Thomas 'Tom' Cizauskas.

Among my interests, one which holds my profound attention is beer. I might say that I have a love affair with beer: not simply its tastes - as delicious, complex, and varied as they may be - but its history, science, lore, and evolving creation.

In the good beer trade since the early 1990s, I have been a brewer, a brewery manager, a brewpub owner, a brewery consultant, a restaurant manager, a beer writer and blogger, guest speaker on beer, and a beer and wine salesman.

Beer may be my profession, but cask ale —the beauty of beer at its freshest— is my mission.

2008 - present: Select Wines, Inc.

I am a salesman with Select Wines, Inc., a wholesaler located in Chantilly, Virginia. Despite the name of the company, my sales portfolio consists of both wine and beer.

The wines include an extensive selection from Bordeaux and Burgundy, Italy, Austria, Australia and New Zealand, Argentina, California, Oregon and Washington, and elsewhere.

The beers include those of American craft breweries Abita, Heavy Seas [formerly known as Clipper City], Oliver Breweries, Stoudt's, and others, as well as imports from Belgium, Germany, the U.K., and elsewhere.

Here's where I've been for 'good fermentables' this year: Adventures in 2015. [For prior years: select date at top of page.]

2008 and Prior

Clipper City Brewing Company

From 2004 through July 2008, I was southeastern US Territory Manager for the Clipper City Brewing Company of Baltimore, Maryland [as of 2010, known as Heavy Seas Brewing Company]

Legends, Ltd. From 2001 through 2004, I was a representative for Legends, Limited, an importer of Scottish and British ales, and a distributor of beer and wine in Maryland.

Sisson's In early November 2000, I purchased Sisson's, a venerable brewpub in Baltimore, Maryland, as part of a quartet of investors. The brewpub no longer exists.

Local Brewing Company, dba Wallaby's In a grand reach, I was the brewmaster (that is, the lead brewer and plant foreman) for Local Brewing Company, a brewing and bottling beer production facility in Westlake, OH, from its planning stages and construction in 1996/7, through operations into late 1998. Begun with a potential of twenty thousand barrels per year, the brewery has since closed.

Manayunk Brewing Company In 1996/1997, I was the original head brewer for the Manayunk Brewing Company, a brewpub still thriving in Philadelphia, PA.

lecture at Smithsonian In November 1995, I lectured at the Smithsonian Institution on American beer styles. I continue to offer lectures on beer to numerous organizations [and am available to speak to yours].

Oxford Brewing Company From 1993 through November 1995, I was a brewer and then brewery manager at the Oxford Brewing Company. Founded in 1988 - then the British Brewing Company - it was the first post-Prohibition micro-brewery in Maryland.

Washington DC, July 1999
Enjoying my once-a-year smoke,with a stein of Bitburger:
Washington D.C., 1999.

I learned my craft in the early 1990s
by taking extensive coursework at the
Siebel Institute of Brewing Technology.

In the summer of 2001, I brushed up via an online course, Intensive Brewing Science and Engineering, offered by the American Brewers Guild, then of Woodland CA.


  • Brewer at Wallaby's Brewpub in Westlake, OH.

  • Brewer at Liberty Street Brewpub in Akron, OH.

  • Restaurant manager at Two Quail Restaurant in Washington, DC: 1985-1992, 1999-2000.

  • Radio deejay.
Cizauskas at Manayunk Brewing Company, 2006

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5 Apr 2015

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