Rich Partain is a former sales manager for Straight To Ale and Yellowhammer Breweries and is currently the General Manager of Das Stahl Bierhaus in Huntsville, Alabama. An active member of Free The Hops since 2004 and a Certified Cicerone®, he has been a scholar of and advocate for craft beer for over 15 years. He has taught classes in beer history, beer flavor and evaluation and beer and food pairing as well as other craft beer related topics.