How did you get started in the craft brewing industry?
After leaving seminary, I found my higher calling as an assistant brewer in a brewpub. It’s amazing where an informational interview can lead. The range of flavor I began tasting drew me to wanting to understand how to make it happen.
What’s the best part of being a part of the craft brewing community?
Regularly drinking beer with friends doing the same thing I am.
Name a favorite food and beer pairing.
German Hefeweizen paired with creamy goat cheese and lemon basil on a water cracker.
What’s your favorite beer from another brewery?
Favorites are never possible. I did recently rediscover Obsidian Stout from Deschutes – its dark chocolate flavors are wonderful. And Ginger (my wife) and I just signed up or the Alesong membership. We’re looking forward to their regular beer releases.
What do you like to do in your time away from the brewery?
Entertain friends at our house or hike in the mountains with our dogs.
What’s the most memorable travel destination at which you’ve had a chance to sample the local beer?
English pubs. After leaving seminary, I traveled in Europe. Prior to leaving, people would ask what I most looked forward to seeing or doing. My answer surprised most – drinking beer in the English pubs. As a newbie to what beer could be, I was enthralled by the flavors and atmosphere. It lived up to and beyond my expectations.