What’s your current position at your brewery, and how did you get started in the craft brewing industry?
I am the CEO and brewer for Scarlet Lane Brewing Co. [in McCordsville, Ind.]. I lived in Oregon for seven years and traveled the state with my husband. We visited several breweries during our travels and really fell in love with the spirit of the industry. We visited Bend Brewing Company and had a coconut stout brewed by Tonya Cornett. I was immediately hooked. My husband bought me a homebrewing kit and I left my job to focus on brewing and attend the American Brewers Guild program.
What’s new at Scarlet Lane?
All of it. We hit our one-year anniversary on May 2. The newest acquisition was three 30 bbl fermenters to join our previous three 30 bbl fermenters we started with. We finished our first full year of production with more than 1,000 bbls of beer produced. Our newest beer is a braggot beer called Eirik Bloodaxe that comes in at 11 percent ABV.
What’s the best part of being a part of the craft brewing community?
The camaraderie and friendly competition between breweries coupled with the industry-wide commitment to community engagement.
What do you like to do in your time away from the brewery?
Sleep or hang around with my dogs and husband while watching Game of Thrones, House of Cards, or The Walking Dead.
What’s your favorite food and beer pairing?
I love foods that bring out the spice notes of a well-made IPA. I recently had a pairing of firecracker chicken with wide egg noodles and basil paired with a Northwest IPA that was very fun and interesting.
What’s your biggest accomplishment unrelated to your job?
I managed to snag the coolest husband anyone could ask for.
What’s your favorite beer that your brewery does not produce?
Tricerahops from Ninkasi Brewing Company in Eugene, Ore.
What’s the most memorable travel destination at which you’ve had a chance to sample the local beer?
Portland, Maine a few years ago. We fell in love with Baxter Brewing and several other local beers from Allagash and Maine Beer Company.