What’s your current position at your brewery, and how did you get started in the craft brewing industry?
I am the owner/head brewer of Barrier Brewing Co. in Oceanside, N.Y. I got started homebrewing about five years ago. What started as a hobby became a passion and turned into a career. I then worked at a commercial brewery in Brooklyn for two years as a brewer.
What’s new at Barrier?
Aside from the brewery? Everything! This marks the third week of being officially open for business. Barrier is currently brewing six different beers (Ruthless IPA, GreenRoom Pale Ale, Lights Out Stout, Beech St. Wheat, Bulkhead Red and Belgian1) and all are being received well by the public.
What’s the best part of being a part of the craft brewing community?
Everyone is very helpful when it comes to answering questions and troubleshooting problems. I think that everyone realizes (for the most part) that if one of us succeeds, we all do. This kind of thinking will lead the craft brewing industry toward infinite sustainability.
What do you like to do in your time away from the brewery?
I like to hang with my wife and my two dogs, and play music with friends. Surfing, hiking, snowboarding and mountain biking are also very enjoyable.
What’s your favorite food and beer pairing?
Ruthless IPA and a chicken chimichanga with Spanish rice and beans
What’s your biggest accomplishment unrelated to your job?
Somehow getting my wife to put up with all my shenanigans!
What’s your favorite beer that your brewery does not produce?
Righteous Rye from Sixpoint Craft Ales, one of the best American rye beers made. Hops and rye play off each other perfectly, and the malt backbone is solid with hints of chocolate, toffee and toast. Yum.
What’s the most memorable travel destination at which you’ve had a chance to sample the local beer?
Burlington, Vt. is a great beer city and it is there, during college, that I developed my appreciation for craft beer