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24 Mar 2014

Labas!

My name is Thomas 'Tom' Cizauskas.

Among my interests, one which holds my profound attention is beer.

I might say that I have a love affair with beer: not simply with its flavors —as delicious, complex, and varied as they may be— but with its history, science, lore, and evolving creation.

Cizauskas and Legend-ers
After a successful cask tapping, at Legend Brewing Company, Richmond, Virginia. 20 February 2013.
Part of an ongoing guest cask program in celebration of Legend's 20th anniversary.
l-r: Cizauskas; Aaron Sanders (Legend cellarman); John Wampler (brewmaster).


About Me

  • I am a representative for Select Wines, Inc., a wholesaler of wine and beer in northern Virginia. My wine portfolio features 'new world' and 'old world' wines, with an emphasis on France, Italy, Austria, and sustainable 'New World' wines. My beer portfolio includes beers from several American East Coast craft breweries and other imported beers.

  • In the beer trade since the early 1990s, I have been a brewer, a brewery manager, a brewpub owner, a beer and wine salesman, a restaurant manager, and a brewery consultant.

  • Beer (and wine) may be my profession, but cask ale —the beauty of beer at its freshest— is my mission. I maintain a website —CaskAleUSA— which contains useful information and links to resources. I offer consultation on cask ale production and service.

  • Within the mid-Atlantic region, I consult on brewery start-ups and restaurant operations (including wine and beer lists), conduct beer training and beer seminars, and tutor beer tastings. Contact me for bookings, rates, and information.

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Never Forget

In the early 20th century, both my father's and my mother's families emigrated from Lithuania. Alone among his five siblings, my father, Albert Cizauskas, retained his given surname. (At the top of this page, "Labas" is Lithuanian for "hello.")

Throughout his life, he remained an appreciator of good books - the words in them and the binders that hold them. Consider contributing to a library of your choice.

At the end of his life, he suffered from Parkinson's Disease ...


... as did the late beer and whisky writer Michael Jackson, who died on 30 August 2007.

I've linked my home computer into a worldwide distributed computing effort - called Folding at Home - run by researchers at Stanford University to better understand protein folding errors, believed to be a cause of Parkinson's, Alzheimer's, and other neurodegenerative diseases.

There is no cost, except hope for a cure.





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This website I dedicate to my father - Albert Charles Cizauskas - and to Lilian.
May their legacies give me the fortitude to abide.