What’s your current position at your brewery, and how did you get started in the craft brewing industry?
I’m the regional brewer for Iron Hill Brewery and Restaurant [in West Chester, Pa.]. Allen Young pulled me in at the former Hoster Brewing Company in Columbus, Ohio and it was all over after that.
What’s new at Iron Hill?
A huge pile of barrels from all kinds of crazy sources including rum, wine, bourbon, and port producers. Giddyup!
What’s the best part of being a part of the craft brewing community?
The free flow of ideas (and beer) amongst the members of the community. Other brewers are my friends, not my competitors.
What do you like to do in your time away from the brewery?
Eat and drink world class food, beer, wine, and spirits. It takes a village to feed a brewer…
What’s your favorite food and beer pairing?
Bourbon Russian imperial stout and any chocolate cake-style dessert.
What’s your favorite beer that your brewery does not produce?
Russian River Damnation.
What’s the most memorable destination at which you’ve had a chance to sample the local beer?
I had the great pleasure of enjoying a Sly Fox Incubus atop the Presidential Range of the White Mountains in New Hampshire with my good friend and brewer Brian O’Reilly. That was a great moment…and a pretty tasty beer, too.