Matthew Jurado

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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 regulatory accountant at Alaskan Brewing in Juneau, Alaska. That means I have the wonderful job of dealing with the TTB and state governing bodies, as well as typical accounting duties. My father, a longtime member of the industry, introduced me to the craft beer world at a very young age. It stuck, and now here I am making a career of it!

What’s new at Alaskan Brewing?

A new, bigger tasting room means we have even more room to invite our fantastic customers to sample our products.

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

The family feeling the industry has. It’s no more apparent than at GABF every year.

Name a favorite food and beer pairing.

Oysters and our Smoked Porter.

What’s your biggest accomplishment unrelated to your job?

Being able to graduate from college and work in an industry I love.

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

Gnarly Barley Jucifer.

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

Brazil and Kenya. It was so interesting to see the contrast between craft beer in countries where craft brewers face obvious disadvantages as compared to U.S. brewers.

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

Hike, paddle board, play video games, and hang with friends.

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