Neil Witte, one of only 13 master cicerones in the world, has founded Craft Quality Solutions, a Kansas City-based consulting business focused on ensuring beer maintains proper flavor and quality after leaving the brewery.

Witte, who made his bones over nearly two decades at Boulevard Brewing Co./Duvel USA, is offering thorough evaluations for breweries, including on-premise inspections of draft systems, inventory checks on date codes, examinations for packaging issues and strategies for warm versus cold storage.

Services won’t be limited to breweries but will extend to all three tiers of the distribution system and can also include training wholesalers’ sales teams and draft departments on how to properly install systems and clean lines. For retailers, Witte offers draught and package beer auditing services, including ensuring that draft systems are properly pouring beer and that out of code beer doesn’t remain on store shelves.