Brewers Teri Fahrendorf and Jon Graber to Wed
May 27, 2003 - Well known industry veterans Teri Fahrendorf and Jon Graber recently announced their engagement to be married. An intimate wedding ceremony is planned for╩summer of 2005 on the beach in San Diego, Calif., with family and a few close friends invited. Subsequent celebrations will be held in Eugene, Portland, and on Mt. Hood in Oregon; in Munising, Mich., and in West Bend, Wis.╩ A honeymoon in Italy is being planned.
Teri is currently the Corporate Brewmaster for Steelhead Brewing Company of Eugene, Oregon and Jon is the Brewmaster at Mt. Hood Brewing Co. in Government Camp, Oregon. Both have been active proponents and supporters of the craft beer category and have been instrumental in the education and awareness of good beer. Teri and Jon are well known in the industry through their contribution as speakers, instructors, beer judges, event planners, and in fund raising.
"Teri and I have known each other for about ten or eleven years and met either through our associations with the Oregon Brewers Guild,╩the Oregon Brewers Festival, AOB Conferences, or just possibly via partying with other friends in the business...╩ we don't remember!" said Jon.╩"We had our first 'date' last╩August at Jamie Floyd's (head brewer at Steelhead/Eugene) wedding party where we camped out near the Oregon Coast...and have been inseparable since."╩ Jon proposed to Teri in March.
They are both maintaining their current jobs in Eugene and on Mt. Hood, and probably will for quite some time.╩ "We see each other on weekends only; long weekends whenever possible, but talk on the phone every night," Jon said.
Jon is having a ring custom-made for Teri - 18K gold with hop leaves sculpted╩in the ring, white gold hop cones and vines, their birthstones and a diamond.
When I inquired if their wedding was a 'first' in the industry between brewers, Teri came forth with a great 'six degrees of separation' story. "The only other brewers I know of that married each other are Judy Wildman, brewer at Tremont Brewery in Boston, and Jim DeBoer, brewer at Boston Beer Company," she said. "I don't know if these folks are still brewers, or if they still work at these breweries, but I ran into them while they were on their honeymoon in September 1999. We crossed paths at the Snake River Brewing Company in Jackson Hole, Wyoming."
The bride-to-be is the daughter of Pete and Laurie Fahrendorf of West Bend, Wisconsin. Jon is the son of Ken and Tina Graber of Munising, Michigan.