What’s your current position at your brewery, and how did you get started in the craft brewing industry?
I am the brewmaster and vice president of brewing operations at Allagash Brewing. I, like so many others, got my start in brewing as an avid homebrewer, following the wisdom of Charlie Papazian. That led me to my first job at Kettle House Brewing in Missoula Montana. After one year there and a 6 month stint at Gritty McDuff’s in Freeport Maine, I joined Allagash Brewing in 1999 and have been here since!
What’s new at Allagash?
We seem to be reinventing everything we do, as as we navigate the mountains of challenges that this year has brought.
I am so proud and humbled to be surrounded by a team that has been incredibly resilient, nimble, and positive throughout 2020.
What’s the best part of being a part of the craft brewing community?
The communal sharing of knowledge. After 23 years in craft beer, I still am learning every day – mostly from my friends and colleagues in the industry.
Name a favorite food and beer pairing.
A classic Thanksgiving dinner and Allagash Interlude.
What’s your biggest accomplishment unrelated to your job?
Managing to convince my amazing wife to marry/stay married to me!
What’s your favorite beer from another brewery?
Sierra Nevada Celebration. I like to say that this beer made me want to be a brewer and still to this day I have an emotional response when I see that bright red packaging hit the shelves each fall.
What do you like to do in your time away from the brewery?
Spend as much time as I can with my wife and two daughters (and my dog!) in the great outdoors.
What’s the most memorable travel destination at which you’ve had a chance to sample the local beer?
Probably the first beer I was served on my first trip to Belgium many years ago. It wasn’t so much the beer (although it was an Orval, still one of my favorites), it was more the experience of witnessing for the first time the care and tradition that goes into the pouring and serving of every beer in that country. And, it was in a hotel lobby bar!