Mark Fesche

What’s your current position at your brewery, and how did you get started in the craft brewing industry?

I am the head brewer at Boylan Bridge Brewpub in Raleigh, N.C. My first job in the industry was in 1992 at the Deschutes Brewery in Bend, Ore. as a keg scrubber.

What’s new at Boylan Bridge?

For the first time this summer we have made lagers: a pilsner released in August and an Oktoberfest to be released in September. We also have a new pub menu featuring new dishes cooked with our beer.

What’s the best part of being a part of the craft brewing community?

I love making a product that people enjoy with their friends and that helps them celebrate good times.

What do you like to do in your time away from the brewery?

I like shopping at the North Carolina Farmers Market and cooking at home.

What’s your favorite food and beer pairing?

Maryland blue crabs and cold beer.

What’s your biggest accomplishment unrelated to your job?

I have a J.D. from the University of Baltimore School of Law, and passed the Maryland bar exam.

What’s your favorite beer that your brewery does not produce?

Deschutes Brewery Jubel Ale.

What’s the most memorable travel destination at which you’ve had a chance to sample the local beer?

In the summer of 1991 I traveled through northern California and Oregon visiting breweries and brewpubs. That’s when I decided I wanted to move to Oregon and work in a brewery.


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