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  • Writer's pictureFrances Tietje-Wang

Woman Crush Wednesday: Jill Paluch

Updated: May 30

Jill performing sensory analysis by assessing the aromatics of a beer.

Craft beer isn't just about hops, barley, and yeast; it's about the dedication, curiosity, and constant pursuit of excellence exhibited by individuals like Jill Paluch. As the quality control manager at Central Machine Works in Austin, Texas, Jill's journey into the world of craft beer is an inspiring tale of self-discovery, learning, and empowerment.

Jill's path to becoming a pivotal figure in the craft beer industry wasn't a traditional one. With a background in political science and teaching, she didn't anticipate finding herself knee-deep in beer brewing equipment. However, her innate curiosity and thirst for knowledge led her to embrace the challenges and opportunities presented by the world of craft beer.

Her journey began when she joined Central Machine Works, initially working in the front-of-house running food. As the brewery began to take shape, Jill found herself drawn to the intricacies of beer production. Her inquisitive nature led her to ask questions, observe, and learn from experienced brewers, eventually earning her a role in quality control.

Despite not having a formal background in science or brewing, Jill's analytical mindset and willingness to learn propelled her forward. She dove headfirst into the world of quality control, mastering tasks like propagation, monitoring fermentation, and maintaining equipment. Her dedication to her craft led her to seek guidance and knowledge from industry peers, constantly striving to improve her skills and understanding.

One of the pivotal moments in Jill's journey was when she visited Real Ale Brewing Company and had the opportunity to learn from other women in quality control. This experience not only expanded her technical knowledge but also highlighted the importance of collaboration and mentorship within the craft beer community.

Jill's role extends beyond the confines of Central Machine Works. As a chapter lead for the Pink Boots Society in Austin, she actively promotes education, collaboration, and networking opportunities for women and non-binary individuals in the beer industry. Her passion for sharing knowledge and fostering community underscores her commitment to making the craft beer world more inclusive and diverse.

Jill performing cellaring responsibilities.

In her day-to-day work, Jill faces challenges and uncertainties, but she approaches them with resilience and determination. Whether it's analyzing fermentation data, troubleshooting equipment issues, or organizing educational events, she tackles each task with enthusiasm and a thirst for learning.

Looking ahead, Jill sees endless possibilities for growth and innovation in the craft beer industry. She dreams of continuing to push boundaries, experiment with new brewing techniques, and contribute to the vibrant community of brewers and beer enthusiasts.

Jill Paluch's journey in craft beer is a testament to the power of passion, perseverance, and lifelong learning. Her story inspires us to embrace the unknown, challenge ourselves, and pursue our passions with unwavering dedication. As she continues to make her mark on the world of craft beer, one thing is certain: Jill Paluch's impact will be felt far beyond the confines of the brewery walls.



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