What’s your current position at your brewery, and how did you get started in the craft brewing industry?
I am owner/sales for Liquid Hero Brewery in York, Pa. We got started by the good old trial and error homebrewing methods. We just kind of took it to the next level and decided to start selling our product.
What’s new at Liquid Hero?
We just released two new IPAs dubbed Hop Hero #6 and Hop Hero #7. We never made many IPAs at home but when we opened up our brewery we were asked by many to make one. As with any new style of beer, it takes many renditions to determine where we want to go with it. The 6 is a DIPA with a healthy dose of various hops but it is also very pleasing to the palate and won’t wreck your taste buds. The 7, on the other hand, will make you feel like you just ate a Citra hop. Other than that, we are working toward one of the three of us actually doing this full-time. Our startup has been way more successful than what we originally thought.
What’s the best part of being a part of the craft brewing community?
Our customers, bar none. You will meet the most interesting, funny, down to earth people in the craft brewing world. It’s not about competition…it’s about good beer and good times.
What do you like to do in your time away from the brewery?
I have my day job as a sales manager for a plastics engineering company. Other than that, I like to spend time with my wife and family. When I have some time to myself, I am a huge movie guy.
What’s your favorite food and beer pairing?
Eggs, bacon, and a nice stout. For breakfast, of course.
What’s your biggest accomplishment unrelated to your job?
Actually settling down enough to get married. I would not be where I am today if it weren’t for my wife, Amy.
What’s your favorite beer that your brewery does not produce?
Dogfish Head Burton Baton. Boom!
What’s the most memorable travel destination at which you’ve had a chance to sample the local beer?
My favorite place mostly because of the brewer and the awesome beer he makes would be St. Boniface in Ephrata, Pa. He has his beer on point and I respect what he is doing—full time with a wife and children. That is downright respectable. I wish him the best of luck. I would love to do a collaboration with him at some point.