What’s your current position at your brewery, and how did you get started in the craft brewing industry?
I’m one of the owners of RJ Rockers [in Spartanburg, S.C.]. I got started selling bottles to craft brewers in 1994. I was living in Milwaukee and getting to visit all the craft brewers in the country.
What’s new at RJ Rockers?
New things turn up frequently’new tanks, new barrels, new recipes. Come visit us and we will share a pint!
What’s the best part of being a part of the craft brewing community?
It’s fun to be part of a community that believes we can grow the pie and that things aren’t a zero-sum game.
What do you like to do in your time away from the brewery?
Anything around the water: waterskiing, sailing, driving around in a boat, swimming.
What’s your favorite food and beer pairing?
Cooking a brisket and smoking it over (and drinking it with) Good Boy Stout.
What’s your biggest accomplishment unrelated to your job?
Tutoring children to read.
What’s your favorite beer that your brewery does not produce?
Russian River Supplication.
What’s the most memorable travel destination at which you’ve had a chance to sample the local beer?
When I was living in Milwaukee I went to Schell’s Brewing in New Ulm, Minn. I locked myself out of my car and remember how pleasant it was simply having a beer and thinking, ‘Oh well.’