Simply put, Ron Raike knows beer and has been brewing it for more than 20 years. This Certified Cicerone -- an expert beer guide, one of only a handful in Florida -- is the brewmaster at the soon-to-open Cask & Larder. His dedication to the craft recently earned him a "Best of Show" award at the 11th annual Best Florida Beer Championships 2012.
Raike began brewing while earning a master's degree in computer engineering from the University of Central Florida. He soon translated this hobby into a career and was the brewmaster at Shipyard Brewing Company for a decade. Raike has toured Belgium to gain more knowledge of that region's unique brewing styles. And he continues to educate others on the wonders of beer by teaching graduate-level courses on brewing at the Rosen School of Hospitality Management.