Claudia Faulk

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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 a founding member and partner at Aztec Brewing Co. in Vista, Calif. My husband, John Webster, and our youngest son, Tristan Faulk-Webster, said one day, ‘What if we start a craft brewery?’ I said, ‘Sure, let’s do it!’ I’m proud to be part of such an amazing business.

What’s new at Aztec Brewing?

We, like many of our peers, are reaching that crowded state where we need to expand. We’re working on figuring out the best way to do that for us.

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

What a great community to be a part of. Sure there is competition, but it drives us all to be better at what we love to do’fill the world with great craft beer and educate people to appreciate it.

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

Sleep. Actually I love going to events and connecting with the public’hearing one person say, ‘I love this beer because” and then hearing the next person say, ‘Hmm, I like this one better.’ With such a broad flavor palette to choose from, there should be a beer to match everyone’s taste buds.

What’s your favorite food and beer pairing?

Being from southern California, Mexican food is something I could eat almost every day. Beers that go with tacos or burritos are the beers I like best. I love our Chipotle IPA paired with any Mexican food out there.

What’s your biggest accomplishment unrelated to your job?

I teach at a local community college. Sharing what I know and helping people learn a technique to give them an extra tool for their job search makes me feel good. Of course I have been translating that into craft beer too. Educating people who visit our brewery (or at events) about our beer and craft beer in general gives me a lot of joy. I also really enjoyed leading a panel discussion at the Washington, D.C. Craft Brewers Conference.

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

I love kriek beers. Sour, fruity, light, and so refreshingly easy to drink.

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

I love to visit Denver (our oldest son lives there). Every visit is a chance to experience more Colorado beers. Whether the brewery is small or large, I am that person on the tour always asking questions about what’s going on, what’s working, how do they deal with this issue’and people share. What can I say? Gotta love that community.


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