Aaron Brodniak

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

I’m the minister of beer quality at Diamond Knot Craft Brewing in Mukilteo, Wash. Years ago, I started volunteering at craft breweries, and Diamond Knot was one of them. Soon after, I transitioned from the Coast Guard and began my first job at Pyramid Breweries as a cellarman.

What’s new at Diamond Knot?

In the past year we have created more than 20 new beers and improved how we brew. We have a group that meets regularly about R&D. Our quality has also continuously improved through the use of our dissolved oxygen meter, supportive suppliers, and the dedication of our brewing team.

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

I enjoy the camaraderie and commitment to craft beer of those in our industry. Some of my best friendships are with fellow craft brewers.

Name a favorite food and beer pairing.

One of my favorites is IPA with my homemade carne asada.

What’s your biggest accomplishment unrelated to your job?

My fantastic family!

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

I’ve always enjoyed Mirror Pond from Deschutes.

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

I’ve had the pleasure of attending several beer dinners at Blue Hill Stone Barns. Each dish was created using locally sourced foods (some from the surrounding farm) and paired with unique beers from New York breweries.

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

I love to spend time with my wonderful wife and two sons.

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