What’s your current position at your brewery, and how did you get started in the craft brewing industry?
I own Sinistral Brewing Company in Manassas, Va. and am also our head brewer. I got my start in the craft brewing industry about 20 years ago when I started homebrewing. What started as a hobby from my passion for good beer has turned into a career where I am able to provide our community with a place to enjoy the beer I make.
What’s new at Sinistral?
In addition to our five signature beers, we aim to give our customers a rotating variety of seasonal selections so that there is always something new for them to try. Some of our recent releases have included a brut IPA, a hoppy lager, a magic bar-inspired milk stout, and a Belgian strong ale brewed for our first anniversary. We are just getting into canning and have a couple of special bottle releases planned for 2019.
What’s the best part of being a part of the craft brewing community?
The friendships I’ve made along the way. We ran into a few roadblocks before we even opened our doors (our original equipment vendor went out of business and our deposit money went with them, leaving us with little funds and no equipment to brew on). The Northern Virginia craft beer community really embraced us to help me get beer made and our doors open. They’ve supported us, promoted us, and been true friends every step of the way.
Name a favorite food and beer pairing.
Tacos paired with our Jackson’s Fish Taco Lager. It’s our most popular beer for a reason!
What do you like to do in your time away from the brewery?
Sinistral is barely a year old so there really isn’t any time away.
What’s your favorite beer from another brewery?
Anything from Cascade Brewing Company.
What’s the most memorable travel destination at which you’ve had a chance to sample the local beer?
Bend, Ore. Good beer and good people in a beautiful little community.