How agile could be used to make beer

luis cuellar guest craft brewer at belly love brewing purcellville va saison

Agileana is pleased to announce that one of our co-founders, Luis Cuellar, was featured as a guest brewer at Belly Love Brewing in Purcellville, Virginia.

Turns out that our friend has been working very hard on the side. By day, he writes code, manages projects, collaborates with colleagues, and works as part of a scrum team doing agile web development for government clients in Washington, DC. By night and weekend, he is hard at work perfecting his craft. Craft beer, that is.

Agile.

I have noticed that Luis uses the same agile approach to home brewing as he does to web development. He makes batches on a weekly basis. He sprints every weekend in his basement lab. He shares his beer with as many people as he can so he can seek their feedback, make adjustments to his formula, and iterate.

Of course, we had to drink some pretty crappy beer in the beginning.  But now, probably five years later, Luis is becoming an award-winning home brewer.  So good, in fact, that he was invited to guest brew at Belly Love Brewing.  They even featured him on their menu.

Howl saison beer by Luis Cuellar

When Luis first started, he was brewing only a gallon a week, very small batches. Now he is brewing kegs a time. Sometimes, in fact, he brews several different kinds of craft beer batches in parallel. He is, in fact, using the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe Agilist) method of performing multiple sprints in parallel.

We look forward to his continued success. Heck, one day we might just exit from software development and just focus 100% on craft brewing.