What’s your current position at your brewery, and how did you get started in the craft brewing industry?
I’m the head brewer at Levity Brewing Company [in Indiana, Pa.]. I started homebrewing in 2004 and have always had an interest in starting a business. I ran a construction company and was a biology teacher when it occurred to me and two other entrepreneurial friends and fellow homebrewers that the one thing our town needed was a brewery. We started honing our brewing skills immediately (sometime around 2013) and wrote a business plan. We opened our doors in early 2016!
What’s new at Levity?
We recently released our first lager called Spel Czech. It’s a Bohemian Pilsner with all Saaz hops.
What’s the best part of being a part of the craft brewing community?
The brewing industry is incredibly collaborative. Even as a professional educator, I didn’t experience this level of collaboration and knowledge sharing. In opening the brewery and taproom, I’ve been able to get to know so many more people in my hometown, and numerous friends from my past whom I haven’t seen in many years make it a point to come see what’s going on at Levity.
Name a favorite food and beer pairing.
Even though Saison Kick, our ginger-infused saison, is not my first choice in our lineup, I absolutely love it paired with sushi.
What’s your biggest accomplishment unrelated to your job?
I have an amazing wife of nearly 17 years with four beautiful children.
What’s your favorite beer that your brewery does not produce?
I’m in love with most things produced by Draai Laag out of Pittsburgh. The Plague is a particular favorite as is Relic and more recently Grimace. Fat Head’s Hop Juju is pretty spectacular. I also had a chance to sample Free Will’s Orchestrated Spontaneity recently and it was spectacular.
What do you like to do in your time away from the brewery?
Time away from the brewery?
What’s the most memorable travel destination at which you’ve had a chance to sample the local beer?
I have family in Colorado. There is obviously no shortage of awesome beer to go along with awesome scenery every time I get to head west!