Ken Schramm grew up around Detroit. He developed a strong love of good beer in his early alcohol-consuming years, and was a dyed-in-the-wool “beer snob” by the time he graduated from Eastern Michigan University in 1981. He got interested in homebrewing when his brother, Mike, gave him a brewing kit for Christmas in 1987. In less than a year, he had joined the AHA, befriended meadmaking and brewing savant Bill Pfeiffer, and joined the Ann Arbor Brewers Guild. Things snowballed. In 1992, he co-founded the Mazer Cup Mead Competition, the world’s oldest and largest mead-only competition, with Dr. Dan McConnell and “Brewguyver” Mike O’Brien. In 1993, they co-founded the Michigan State Fair Homebrewing competition. He has presented at brewing, meadmaking and winemaking conferences from Delaware to Alaska over the past 20+ years, kicked off in 1994 with the first “Mead Matrix” with McConnell: twelve meads from one recipe: six from the same honey using different yeast strains, and six with the same yeast strain using different varietal honeys. Ken loves to grow great varieties of cherries and apples in his orchard. He ended up writing “The Compleat Meadmaker,” which was published by Brewers Publications in 2003. It has been an important part of the mead revolution that is sweeping across the country. If you want to meet and drink with Ken, your best bet is to take him flyfishing on some really good trout water. Ken lives in Troy, Michigan.