What’s your current position at your brewery, and how did you get started in the craft brewing industry?
I am head brewer/creative director at Figueroa Mountain’s four breweries in California. I got my start in 2009 at Heavy Seas Beer in Baltimore, Md. (my home). It was a great start to my career.
What’s new at Figueroa Mountain?
A significant expansion at our production facility [in Buellton, Calif.]. We added a 60-bbl BrauKon brewhouse along with a new packaging hall and several tanks/hard piping lines.
What’s the best part of being a part of the craft brewing community?
It is just that: community! It’s amazing to see our craft beer community lend a hand when times are tough. I truly feel it is one of the only industries where your competition is your ally. We have so much to learn from one another.
Name a favorite food and beer pairing.
Wow, this is tough. Buttered pretzel and Helles lagerâ€¦cheese and IPAâ€¦pizza and Vienna lagerâ€¦I give up!
What’s your biggest accomplishment unrelated to your job?
Graduating from college during a pretty hard time in my life.
What’s your favorite beer that your brewery does not produce?
Augustiner-BrÃ¤u Edelstoff. No doubt.
What’s the most memorable travel destination at which you’ve had a chance to sample the local beer?
Germany and Austria. There is a different feeling about the beer there. The history is rich and great beer is an effortless thing. I love visiting any time I can.
What do you like to do in your time away from the brewery?
I love going to the beach, hiking, cooking, kayaking, making sourdough, checking out other breweries, and hitting the road. I have wanderlust big time.