It is with great sadness that we say goodbye to Dr. Paul D. Ogg, a beloved microbiologist, brewer, and mentor. Though only 46 years old, the talented man left an indelible mark on numerous lives in Colorado and beyond. He was an inspirational leader and dedicated teacher to those who shared his passion for beer brewing and microbiology. His enthusiasm for knowledge was imparted to anyone who sought his counsel, and their gratitude for his guidance will be remembered for years to come.
It is with a heavy heart that we announce the sudden passing of Dr. Paul D. Ogg, a beloved microbiologist, beer-lover, and esteemed brewer. He was 46.
Dr. Ogg was known far and wide in the scientific and beer-appreciation communities as a pioneering researcher and leader. He put Colorado - and particularly its beer brewing culture - on the map. He will be remembered fondly for his commitment to beer-lover education and better beer brewing.
A Colorado-native, Dr. Ogg earned his Ph.D. in microbiology from the University of Colorado Boulder in 2010. His research focused on beer yeast, which received awards from the American Society of Brewing Chemists, American Homebrewers Association, and the Master Brewers Association of America.
Dr. Ogg was a mentor to many beer-lovers, brewers, and scientists in Colorado and beyond. His knowledge of beer, yeast, and fermentation made him an excellent teacher. He frequently participated in brewery-sponsored classes on beer brewing, mathematics, and microbiology.
In 2013, Dr. Ogg was instrumental in launching the Denver Beer Collective, a popular beer education organization. He and his colleagues also presented research on beer yeast at 2019 and 2020 World Beer Conferences.
Dr. Ogg's death is a huge loss for the beer-loving and scientific communities. Those who were fortunate enough to know him personally can attest that he was a source of integrity, joy, and inspiration.
Dr. Ogg leaves behind his wife, two daughters, and countless family members and friends. His work has also left a lasting impression - one that will, no doubt, continue to inspire all who had the honor of working with him.
Dr. Ogg was a leader in beer education and his influence will be felt for years to come. Here are some specific takeaways that we can all strive to live by:
As we remember the life and legacy of Dr. Paul D. Ogg, let us take the opportunity to reflect on what we can all do to remain true to the spirit of his life’s work and dedication.
Though Dr. Ogg's passing is a heart-wrenching loss for the beer-loving, scientific, and brewery communities, his legacy will continue to shape the culture and beer-making of Colorado as well as the world. Here are just a few of the areas where Dr. Ogg has had a lasting impact:
Dr. Ogg's contributions to beer brewing research and culture will be remembered for generations. His death leaves a hole in the hearts of many, but his memory and legacy will live on through the lasting impact that he had on the beer community.