What’s your current position at your brewery, and how did you get started in the craft brewing industry?
My official title is owner/brewer [of Roadmap Brewing Co. in San Antonio, Texas], which ultimately lends itself to a longer title of janitor, bartender, accountant, engineer, and essentially everything in between. I got my start in the homebrewing world while I was teaching middle school and was able to chase the dream with some support from family.
What’s new at Roadmap?
We’ve been open for just under a year and things have been moving fast. We just introduced a few new fruited kettle sours to our lineup and are excited to bring our take on “newer” styles to Texas.
What’s the best part of being a part of the craft brewing community?
The ability to give my fellow brewers in town a call at any time for help or advice…or just to go grab a beer! It’s the only industry I can find where direct competitors are also amazingly close friends.
Name a favorite food and beer pairing.
I am a huge fan of buffalo wings and a nice classically bitter IPA does just the trick with them.
What’s your biggest accomplishment unrelated to your job?
Graduating with a master’s in education and pursuing my first dream of teaching.
What’s your favorite beer from another brewery?
Bell’s Two Hearted really got me into beer and still is one of my top beers to drink.
What do you like to do in your time away from the brewery?
When we get time away from the brewery we enjoy traveling and seeing other places…which oftentimes means having a couple beers at other breweries.
What’s the most memorable travel destination at which you’ve had a chance to sample the local beer?
London is my favorite city in the world and the local casks that pour in every pub have influenced a couple of our beers at the brewery.