What’s your current position at your brewery, and how did you get started in the craft brewing industry?
I am the owner of Odin Brewing Co. in Seattle. I worked a couple of years at Miller Brewing Co. in Milwaukee, but this project really started when I became a “corporate refugee” during this recession. I gathered up as much of my own money as I could along with money from the “friends and family” plan and put the business plan into action in the spring of 2009.
What’s new at Odin?
We just started selling five months ago, so the short answer is everything. We just entered a distribution agreement to ship our beers to the rest of Washington. So far, we’ve stayed close to Seattle Metro.
What’s the best part of being a part of the craft brewing community?
Meeting folks who are rapidly becoming good friends. That goes for retailers, other breweries and especially consumers.
What do you like to do in your time away from the brewery?
I like trying to elevate my guitar playing ability from “absolute novice” to “barely mediocre.”
What’s your favorite food and beer pairing?
Probably Odin’s Gift [a ruby ale brewed with juniper berries] with Beef Wellington.
What’s your biggest accomplishment unrelated to your job?
Getting my fiancee to say “yes.”
What’s your favorite beer that your brewery does not produce?
Epic Ales Solar Trans Amplifier—not for everyone, but I really love this beer from my favorite “nano-brewery.”
What’s the most exotic travel destination at which you’ve had a chance to sample the local beer?