Alison Bishop

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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 a lab tech at Lone Pine Brewing Company in Gorham, Maine. I do the microbiology and other quality control/assurance monitoring. I left the science field for a few years and a brewery lab was a fun way back in!

What’s new at Lone Pine?

We just got five new 80-bbl fermenters, nearly doubling our production capabilities.

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

Having a science job that people actually understand. It used to be that I would try to describe my job in different labs and people would look blank. But everyone can understand beer!

Name a favorite food and beer pairing.

Tacos and a fruity sour beer.

What’s your biggest accomplishment unrelated to your job?

Learning how to snowboard (and letting my husband teach me how…).

What’s your favorite beer from another brewery?

Dirigo Brewing makes a Berliner weisse called Champagne du Maine. They make different flavored syrups to go with it to keep it fun.

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

Explore outdoor places with my dog.

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

I drank a lot of Victoria in Oaxaca. It was easy to fall in love with Mexican lagers in Mexico. They aren’t the same here! I came back loving Corona and got funny looks from friends.

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