Matt Hagerman

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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 CEO and founder of Lost Rhino Brewing Company [in Ashburn, Va.] My role involves anything that includes getting beer out the door with minimal issues. I got started at Old Dominion Brewing Company (a true pioneer in the industry) too long ago, and spiraled out of control from there! I started cleaning floors, cleaning tanks, brewing, and fixing anything that was broken (which was most of the time).

What’s new at Lost Rhino?

Our head brewer (Chris Jacques) and an insane GEA separator.

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

Everything! The culture is creative, fun, and a total pain in the ass. We are always looking to hang out and talk about stuff that broke mid-brew or some ridiculous brewery we just went to or a crappy beer we just had somewhere else.

Name a favorite food and beer pairing.

Girl Scout cookies and beer.

What’s your biggest accomplishment unrelated to your job?

Keeping my sanity through the last eight years.

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

Imperial red ale.

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

San Diego CBC.

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

Like a moth to a light bulb, I enjoy going to other breweries.

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