What’s your current position at your brewery, and how did you get started in the craft brewing industry?
I am the owner/operator of the Kretschmann Brewing Company [in Webster, Mass.]. For a long time, I’ve had a strong passion for homebrewing. Once my passion outweighed the ability of my family and friends to keep up with drinking the fruits of my passion, I decided to open a neighborhood brewery.
What’s new at Kretschmann Brewing Co.?
The whole brewery is very small and sales haven’t really ever left our own bottle shop, but recently I’ve started to bottle for sale in local stores and drinking establishments.
What’s the best part of being a part of the craft brewing community?
The best part for me is getting to know my customers. I brew, bottle, and sell the beer myself. Every Friday night my doors open and I personally fill growlers. It’s a great feeling to talk with my customers about their likes and dislikes. I have the opportunity to get feedback from where it counts.
What do you like to do in your time away from the brewery?
When I can get away I enjoy spending time on my boat or catching a movie with my wife.
What’s your favorite food and beer pairing?
That’s simple: Sam Adams Boston Lager and a good burger.
What’s your biggest accomplishment unrelated to your job?
Building a wonderful life with my wife, Lisa.
What’s your favorite beer that your brewery does not produce?
What’s the most memorable travel destination at which you’ve had a chance to sample the local beer?
Of all places, Des Moines, Iowa. I visited one time for business and was pleasantly surprised by the many great brewpubs in town.