Neal Cameron has a level of experience and qualification that few in the industry can match. A degree in chemistry and a corporate career in operations and supply chain management for Johnson & Johnson and Smith & Nephew, followed by a post Grad in Brewing Science. He then worked in the wine and food industry for a number of years in product development and change management.
His first role in brewing was to start William Bull Brewery for De Bortoli wines as Head Brewer/Brewery Manager before moving to Sydney to start the Australian Brewery in 2010. The Australian Brewery has been a highly successful venture, being the first craft brewer in Australia to package into cans. With many medals and trophies, national distribution and export to many countries, a focus on quality and innovation has allowed rapid global expansion.
As well as being a founding director of The Institute of Beer, Neal is also Director of Brewing for Beer Farm WA and Walkers Brewing Co. He also has vast experience working with many Australian breweries and cideries on diverse projects encompassing brewery build project management, product development and quality improvement. Neal is also Technical Director for Brewtique, specialising in brewing equipment installs around Australia and Asia and is the teacher at TAFE NSW for the newly developed Certificate III in Microbrewing.
He is a regular judge around Australia and was appointed Chief Judge at the Royal Sydney Beer & Cider show in 2013. He is a taste panellist and regular writer for Beer & Brewer magazine and has been a major contributor to the Beer Buyers Guide, Ultimate Cider Guide and is the Technical Editor for Explore Beer.