Germany: VLB appoints new head of Beer and Beverage Research Institute

Jan Biering, a research associate, lecturer and consultant at VLB since 2012, has been officially appointed as new responsible head of the VLB Research Institute for Beer and Beverage Production (FIBGP) with retroactive effect from January 1, 2022. He had been operationally managing the institute for a year after his predecessor Dr. Roland Pahl left the VLB at his own request in January 2021.(, 10.2.2021)

Not only his name qualifies Biering for the new job. The trained and studied brewer - born 1976 in Hildburghausen, Germany - began his professional career with an apprenticeship as a brewer and maltster at the Kulmbacher Brauerei Aktien-Gesellschaft. He graduated from Technical University of Berlin (TU Berlin) with an engineering degree in biotechnology specializing in brewing. In 2003, he moved back to Thuringia, where he led the business of Schlossbrauerei Schwarzbach as operations manager until 2011.

In 2012, Biering returned to Berlin, where he made a name for himself as a research assistant, lecturer and consultant, especially in the international environment of the VLB Berlin. Since 2019, he has been deputy head of FIBGP and has taken over the operational management of the institute in February 2021. The new responsibility also included personnel management and budget responsibility.

"Jan Biering took on additional responsibility last year under difficult conditions. Since then, he has proven that he is committed and competent in taking up this important management position at VLB and that he has an exemplary approach to customers and his staff,” the two VLB managing directors Dr. Josef Fontaine and Gerhard Andreas Schreiber were quoted in a media statement.

“We as the management have therefore expressed our full confidence in him retroactively to January 1, 2022, and entrusted him with the overall management of our FIBGP. We look forward to a further successful cooperation," the statement ends.

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