What’s your current position at your brewery, and how did you get started in the craft brewing industry?
I’m currently working in the production and packaging side at Maui Brewing Company [in Kihei, Hawaii]. I got my start by learning to homebrew while working as a wildland firefighter. I spent an off-season in a mail-order homebrew shop. I was soon offered a job at the local brewpub and the adventure began.
What’s new at Maui Brewing?
At our recently opened facility here in Kihei, it seems like everything is new. We are in the midst of an expansion only a couple years into this building. We are installing a still, a new racking line, new cold storage, and tons of solar panels. We have new staff members, our staff members have new babies, etc. The only constant around here is change!
What’s the best part of being a part of the craft brewing community?
The community itself. Despite being on a small rock in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, I still get the sense that I am a part of something bigger. Most everyone is welcoming and enjoys the products we all create.
Name a favorite food and beer pairing.
Lorenzini IPA and a chilled jabong [pomelo fruit]. It’s an amazing citrus adventure.
What’s your biggest accomplishment unrelated to your job?
Being a part of Arizona’s early downhill skateboarding community.
What’s your favorite beer that your brewery does not produce?
Duchesse de Bourgogne.
What’s the most memorable travel destination at which you’ve had a chance to sample the local beer?
Freemont Brewing in Seattle. I was in a rush to try some local beer on my way to the airport. After bringing me more small pours than I could handle in the 20 minutes I had allotted, the server returned with a few more samples from current barrel projects. The craft community is so full of generous, beer-loving people!
What do you like to do in your time away from the brewery?
I love to hike in the local mountains and swim in the waterfalls with my dogs, Barley and Saaz. I also enjoy spearfishing, diving (with and without tanks), body surfing, and post-beer naps on the hot beaches of South Maui.