Thomas Volke is one of the charter members of the Museum of Beer and Brewing. He brings a wealth of background knowledge about the brewing industry to the museum. Tom graduated from UW La Crosse with a degree in chemistry. He worked for Paul-Lewis Labs in the production of beer and cheese additives prior to serving in the army. After his service, he worked for Pfizer (which had purchased Paul-Lewis) in the beer analysis and pilot lab using Pfizer’s hop products.
Tom grew up in Milwaukee, graduating from Whitefish Bay High School and UW LaCrosse. He has been married to wife Marjorie since 1962 and they have raised three children in Mequon. Tom was as active as his children participating in the Thiensville-Mequon Youth Baseball Association. In 1976 he also co-founded the All American Youth Football League for 5th-8th grade boys. While family has always been important to Tom, activity within the brewing industry also remained in the forefront. In 1966 Tom joined the Master Brewers Association of the Americas and the American Society of Brewing Chemists in 1969.
He is a partner in BrewCity LLC, which publishes The Brewers Bulletin and is the former owner of the Brewers Digest. Adding one more layer of diversity to his experiences, Tom was a partner in T.J. Whitney’s Pub and Brewery. From chemical composition to publishing to business, Tom brings a wide array of experience and talent to the museum and a willingness to work.