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Merlin and Mimi come from entrepreneurship and marketing backgrounds. Both also have creative passion for brewing, cooking and baking, so it was inevitable that the passions and expertise would eventually become their next venture together.

After only two years brewing under his belt Merlin knew he wanted to start a brewery. It took three more years of planning, testing, saving, and drinking before it came to fruition. Along the way Merlin became a Certified Cicerone and Recognized BJCP Judge to building a deeper understanding of classic styles and food pairings. Mimi also trained her palette to identify winning recipes from the flops, and now plays a crucial role in quality control and is the curator of the Wartega coffee project.

Nearly a year from signing the lease and building out the space, Wartega became a reality.

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