Jason McKnight

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What’s your current position at your brewery, and how did you get started in the craft brewing industry?

I am the director of brewery operations and head brewer at Cabarrus Brewing Company in Concord, N.C. I started in the brewing industry in the early 90s at a brewpub in Charlotte, then gave up brewing during the craft brewing crash of the late 90s and started a family. We opened Cabarrus Brewing in 2016 and I’m excited about finally realizing my dreams.

What’s new at Cabarrus Brewing?

We have a group of core beers that we keep on tap year-round. We also have a 3-bbl system for taproom-only offerings, which allows us a lot of flexibility in brewing different styles. There is always something new and fresh in the taproom.

What’s the best part of being a part of the craft brewing community?

I love the camaraderie. It is the only industry I’ve ever been in that, as a whole, feels like everyone is in it together.

Name a favorite food and beer pairing.

Chicken wings and beer, duh!

What’s your biggest accomplishment unrelated to your job?

I have a beautiful family.

What’s your favorite beer that your brewery does not produce?

Fuller’s ESB.

What’s the most memorable travel destination at which you’ve had a chance to sample the local beer?

Alaska. The most beautiful place I’ve ever been. They don’t skimp on the beer up there, either.

What do you like to do in your time away from the brewery?

Spending time with my family, Carolina Panthers games, camping, and gardening.

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