Gwen Conley holds the position of director of quality at Cutwater Spirits here in San Diego. She is formerly the director of brewery production and quality assurance at Port Brewing / The Lost Abbey in San Marcos, CA. Her path to the craft beer world included being a biology teacher, environmental chemist, microbiologist and flavor panel leader at Ball Corporation in Broomfield, CO. Prior to moving to beautiful San Diego, Conley was the quality assurance / sensory director at Flying Dog Brewery in Frederick, MD. She has a bachelor's degree in biology with a minor in chemistry from the University of Colorado Boulder. She is a veteran judge at the World Beer Cup and the Great American Beer Festival. In addition, she is also an instructor for the American Brewer’s Guild.