Michael Jordan, a man from Spokane, not the basketball player, lived in Portland and worked for the new defunct Nor’Wester Brewing Company. In an interview with SmartShanghai.com, he explains:
In 1995 I had part time classes in university and began working in a microbrewery in Portland called Nor’Wester Brewing Company. I began in the packaging (bottling) department and eventually was trained to do everything in the brewery. That was the start of my brewing career and I have enjoyed it enough to make it my lifelong profession.
Before accepting a position at Boxing Cat Brewery in Shanghai, Michael Jordan had been brewing in Denmark the last two years. According to his LinkedIn profile he also brewed at Widmer Brothers Brewing in Portland, and Grand Teton and Coeur d’Alene Brewing in Idaho. The job opening in China struck him as a unique and exciting opportunity.