A few weeks after Snohomish’s Lost Canoe Brewing took over neighboring brewery Sound to Summit Brewing, a big role change in the brewhouse of the purchased brewery has been announced.
Sound to Summit Brewing announced the hiring of former American Brewing brewer Adam Frantz as head brewer earlier this week. Former Sound to Summit Brewing head brewer Grady Warnock is no longer with the brewery.
“I’m passing the torch on,” Warnock said in a message. “I hope it stays around, but it’s not my project anymore.”
Warnock was hired by Sound to Summit’s previous owners, John and Stacey Sype, to run the brewery operation when it opened in 2014. Warnock’s Wild Willy Wee Heavy won a gold medal at the 2016 Washington Beer Award in the British Strong Ales category.
In a Facebook post earlier this week, Sound to Summit announced the hiring of Frantz, who was most recently head brewer at Belltown Brewing in Seattle. Before taking over for legendary Northwest brewer Skip Madsen at Edmonds’ American Brewing, Frantz was an associate brewer at Redmond’s Mac & Jack’s Brewing.
Will Hezlep, representing the four-person ownership group of Lost Canoe Brewing, said in an email exchange that the group preferred to “let the dust settle” before commenting on the changes at Sound to Summit.