What’s your current position at your brewery, and how did you get started in the craft brewing industry?
Currently I am the assistant brewer at Odyssey Beerwerks in Arvada, Colo. I started homebrewing early on in college when I was going to school for Hotel/Food Service management. The man who taught me how to brew was supposed to be the head brewer at a new brewery and was going to offer me an internship. Unfortunately, that all fell through and I ended up working in corporate finance. After a few years of that and many, many hours spent homebrewing and winning awards, I decided to make the jump.
What’s new at Odyssey Beerwerks?
We just opened last May and had cans on the shelves within weeks. We are already looking to increase our fermentation capacity and have plans to put more beers into stores. Our tap room is seeing growing business and we put out a rare keg of beer every week to help fuel our creative side.
What’s the best part of being a part of the craft brewing community?
Definitely the people. Everyone in the community is very nice and usually willing to help each other out whenever they need a hand.
What do you like to do in your time away from the brewery?
I love going out and doing things in nature like hiking, kayaking, biking, etc. But it does get cold here in the winter and I like to spend my inside time homebrewing and gaming (I grew up a nerd).
What’s your favorite food and beer pairing?
Green chili and any good IPA.
What’s your biggest accomplishment unrelated to your job?
The hard work I put forward to reunite with my significant other after being apart for more than two years. Convincing her to move to Colorado and getting her here was not easy, but everything has worked out great in the end and we both couldn't be happier.
What’s your favorite beer that your brewery does not produce?
My favorite beer is the next one. One beer I always come back to is Lagunitas Brown Shugga, my favorite this time of year.
What’s the most memorable travel destination at which you’ve had a chance to sample the local beer?
Touring breweries in Southern California has probably had the largest influence on the way I brew. Stone Brewing Co. in particular—the place is just beautiful, and the food and beer on tap are outstanding. Though Portland and Munich were also amazing...