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 in late 2013. The business relationship has been fortuitous. Tom’s many years of brewing experience and knowledge of the craft brewing industry and Julie’s work as a Project Manager helped get the enterprise off the ground.

Postdoc Brewing is also exceptionally lucky to have some great contributors on staff. Jason Heitt runs a tight, yet entertaining ship in the taproom. Brian Donohue brings some great brewing experience as our Lead Brewer. Cole has studied tediously under Tom and Brian’s direction and is invaluable as our assistant brewer. John Lees does a great job keeping the beer moving out our doors as our Sales Manager. 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.

Brian Donohue

Lead Brewer

Brian Donohue

While earning his degree in Microbiology, Brian became fascinated with the art and science of brewing. He joined Postdoc in the taproom and worked his way through the business to become our lead brewer, pushing ideas and process with an understanding and respect of the complex, beautiful science behind beer.

John Lees

Sales Manager

John Lees

Having ran the wine and beer department at Whole Foods for many years, John has a firm grasp on the craft beer market in in the Pacific Northwest. His strong relationship with bar and restaurant owners keeps your favorite Postdoc beer on tap wherever you are!

Cole Ridley

Assistant Brewer, Marketing & Social Media Manager, Football Fanatic

Cole Ridley

Cole joined our team after achieving a Craft Brewing degree from CWU. He chose the beer industry for its authenticity and togetherness. Cole is the biggest FC Barcelona fan you’ll meet. Consult your bartender or a taxi service if your conversation about football with him lasts more than four hours.

Jason Heitt

Pinball Wizard, Gene Simmons Impersonator, Taproom Manager

Jason Heitt

Jason comes from a retail management background. His strong leadership skills and knack for moving product keeps the taproom running smoothly. In partnership with the rest of the taproom team, Jason aims to make a visit to Postdoc a positive one each and every time.