Betty Bollas

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What’s your current position at your brewery, and how did you get started in the craft brewing industry?
I am the president and majority owner. I got started with a homebrewing husband and an interest in traveling and visiting craft breweries. When we realized this is something we could do in our own neighborhood to contribute something positive, we went for it.

What’s new at Fibonacci?
In addition to the brewery, we have added Airbnb rooms and an urban farm, as well as additional apiary equipment, chickens, a second taproom, and a beer garden. Due to COVID-19, we now offer drive-thru, delivery, and shipping.

What’s the best part of being a part of the craft brewing community?
One of my favorite parts of the community is working with local farmers to source ingredients. I really enjoy their craft and being able to combine it with ours. Every year is different depending on the weather and so many other variables. This year there was a late freeze that caused us to change a number of beers we were planning for the year since some fruit was not available. Farm visits are my favorite to pick up ingredients, tour what’s growing, and to get to take home ground cherries to snack on while I’m driving back to the brewery.

Name a favorite food and beer pairing.
I like going to a local cheese shop to get their suggestions and then pairing with beers.

What’s your biggest accomplishment unrelated to your job?
The neighborhood where I live and work at the brewery is a food desert. To try to help with the food oppression issues in our community, I started a monthly farmers market. The market also offers SNAP and Produce Perks assistance. There is still a lot of work to do to ensure people in our community are aware of the market and what we offer, but it always takes some time to build.

What’s the most memorable travel destination at which you’ve had a chance to sample the local beer?
I was in Europe for Christmas and New Year’s and it was absolutely amazing. In Belgium, the authentic maker markets, the architecture, the atmosphere, food, and the beer. There was something so special about being there at that time of year with street food, steampunk carousels, light shows, dining in an old cavern, beers at Westmalle, a tour of Cantillon, and so much more.

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