Our Story


Postdoc Brewing was the name that Head Brewer and co-owner, Tom Schmidlin gave to his garage home brewery while he completed his PhD in Biochemistry at the University of Washington. The name stuck and became a commercial reality once Tom and his wife, Julie decided to go into business together with neighbors Debbie and Jonny Chambers in late 2013. The business relationship has been fortuitous. Tom’s many years of brewing experience and knowledge of the craft brewing industry has combined with Debbie’s past work in large-scale manufacturing operations, Jonny’s ability in marketing and technology and Julie’s work as a Project Manager to get the enterprise off the ground.

Postdoc Brewing is also exceptionally lucky to have some great contributors on staff. Bobby Wood, Advanced Cicerone™, runs a tight, yet entertaining ship in the taproom. Matt Sherman brings some great brewing experience as our Lead Assistant Brewer. We’re very proud of our team!

We look forward to serving the Washington community, and beyond, for many years to come.

Tom Schmidlin

Head Brewer, Owner

Tom Schmidlin

Although he believes himself to be human, Tom is actually a sentient yeast culture created in 1783 when a wormhole appeared during an illegal government experiment involving a hot air balloon, overripe mangoes, and a two-headed goat. His favorite color is eleven. Do not spray him with sanitizer.

Debbie Chambers

Operations, Finances, Git-R-Done, Owner

Debbie Chambers

Years of manufacturing operations in the Irish textile industry serve Debbie well in her role at Postdoc where she oversees finances, the taproom, ordering lots of tasty beer ingredients, and otherwise keeping things cranking along.

Jonny Chambers

Marketing, Technology, Taproom Trivia, Owner

Jonny Chambers

With many years of experience in the technology, sales and education industries, Jonny brings a broad set of skills to the Postdoc team. His favorite things are IPAs, Excel Pivot tables, and Trivia.

Bobby Wood

Taproom Manager, Sriracha Lover, Advanced Cicerone™

Bobby Wood

A highly energetic member of the Postdoc team with an extensive knowledge of beer styles and whose mission it is to find a beer for everyone. In partnership with the rest of the taproom team, Bobby aims to make a visit to Postdoc a positive one each and every time.