Joshua Willett

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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 Wonderland Brewing Company [in Broomfield, Colo.]. I have a particular distaste for the term brewmaster, or master brewer. I am neither at this point in my career, though perhaps in many more years of practice I might earn that title. I was lucky enough to have my first job at the Wynkoop Brewing Company in Denver, under the guidance of Andy Brown. I was able to take all of this theoretical learning and practice I developed at home and apply it directly to an incredibly diverse set of beers and styles along with an amazing amount of culture. It was the best learning experience of my life.

What’s new at Wonderland Brewing?

Our new canning machine sits behind the bar and allows us to serve 32-ounce recyclable aluminum cans as to-go beer. It is a community favorite that draws a lot of attention and is an awesome package.

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

I feel a close tie to our local food culture. A huge part of our cultural history is tied to food and drink, and it is amazing to be a direct link between the earth, the plants, the food we eat, and the experiences we have in our lives. It sounds esoteric, but it’s awesome. I love my job.

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

I love to spend time outdoors with my wife and dog. I enjoy all things Colorado, and quite a bit of Utah as well.

What’s your favorite food and beer pairing?

Smoked and braised buffalo ribs (homemade of course) with Stone Smoked Porter.

What’s your biggest accomplishment unrelated to your job?

I’m friends with someone who met the president.

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

I really like the Sierra Nevada Ovila Dubbel collaboration. It makes me think of flagons, elk steaks, and pretty maidens with flowers in their hair.

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

I was in New Jersey at a friend’s wedding drinking Sixpoint Resin and having my mind blown. It was an incredible experience with home cooked food, Weyerbacher beer, and homebrew made for the guests. Two days of paradise.

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