What’s your current position at your brewery, and how did you get started in the craft brewing industry?
I’m the owner of Peoria Artisan Brewing [in Peoria, Ariz.] along with my wife, Kristina. We started our little brewery out of a passion for craft beer and the local craft beer community. We’ve planted deep roots in our adopted home of Peoria and have set about to create a small, local, and independent business that will enable us to share our passion with our friends and neighbors.
What’s new at Peoria Artisan Brewing?
Our dedicated and talented brewer is always crafting new and creative brews for our brewpub. We recently released our third barrel-aged beer that developed in a rum barrel from an Arizona distillery. We recently put out a Vanilla Porter and began a series of Historical Brews, with a Kentucky common as the first offering. We also change our food menu every four to six months, and held a Bourbon Dinner in partnership with a local distributor.
What’s the best part of being a part of the craft brewing community?
Camaraderie is the best part. We greatly appreciate working with other local craft brewers and have become close friends with many. We work together to help each other grow, learn, provide supplies if needed, and of course, enjoy craft brews together!
Name a favorite food and beer pairing.
Our chef’s shrimp ‘n grits that is served during Sunday brunch along with our Savannah Marie DIPA. The spicy sauce with the shrimp ‘n grits pairs perfectly with the citrus hop profile of Savannah Marie.
What’s your biggest accomplishment unrelated to your job?
Our family is my biggest accomplishment. I’m so proud to be a husband and a father to our amazing daughters. The pride our three daughters have in our little brewery is contagious and nothing would be possible without the unflinching love and honest support from Kristina.
What’s your favorite beer that your brewery does not produce?
My favorite beers are those offered by other local, independent breweries. Just a few miles from our location, good friends have opened their brewery and released their first beers. I’m so excited for them and love being able to try out their new brews as they craft their very first batches. We also enjoy visiting other local breweries and sampling their new creations while we talk shop and catch up.
What’s the most memorable travel destination at which you’ve had a chance to sample the local beer?
I grew up in Delaware and really enjoy visiting the local breweries when we see family about once a year. It’s fun to see what’s happening on the East Coast and see the growth of Delaware craft breweries that was spearheaded by Dogfish.