What’s your current position at your brewery, and how did you get started in the craft brewing industry?
I’m the owner and brewer at TRVE Brewing Co. in Denver, Colo. I got fired up about craft beer with literally my first beer: a Stone Arrogant Bastard.
What’s new at TRVE?
We’ve been introducing new beers as often as we can. It’s been a lot of fun trying to pinpoint what concepts our beers should convey. We just introduced Diotima, a saison in which we steeped Lapsang Souchong, a smoked black tea. We’ve taken the popularity of Prehistoric Dog—our salted wheat beer—as a sign that we did something really new and interesting. In some of our coming beers, we plan to build on two of the elements that make that beer so much fun: low ABV sessionability, and savoriness.
What’s the best part of being a part of the craft brewing community?
It’s kind of the stock answer to this question but I’ve really got to say it’s the people in and surrounding the industry. We set up our brewery with the specific intent of creating a great place for people to get together, and as a result I’ve met countless amazing people, from other brewers to folks who are completely uninitiated on craft beer.
What do you like to do in your time away from the brewery?
In the odd chance that we’re closed and all our fermenters are full, you can probably find me at home cooking or at one of the many amazing breweries and craft beer bars we have here in Denver.
What’s your favorite food and beer pairing?
Cheese is the main reason I’m not vegan. Pair it with beer and I’ll be damn content.
What’s your biggest accomplishment unrelated to your job?
Uprooting from Massachusetts and moving to Denver was huge for me. I knew no one and nothing about Colorado, and now I have an amazing circle of friends and acquaintances.
What’s your favorite beer that your brewery does not produce?
This was the summer of Ska’s Mexican Logger. I’ve been lucky enough to be sent some amazing brews from Breakside in Portland. Chad at Crooked Stave is some kind of beer wizard, as far as I can tell. The folks over at Great Divide have a great lineup in which there’s always something I’m craving.
What’s the most memorable travel destination at which you’ve had a chance to sample the local beer?
I was lucky enough to get out to San Francisco for the Craft Brewers Conference in 2011. It was amazing to visit some of the breweries out there, both tiny and huge.