Nathan Hangen

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What’s your current position at your brewery?

As owner and CEO of Four Stacks Brewing Co. [in Apollo Beach, Fla.], I manage everything that happens inside of our brewery, whether brewing production or taproom management. I also act as head brewer, where I’m diligently working on the development of a few core recipes that best represent our brand and consumer preferences.

What’s new at Four Stacks?

We just opened our taproom and the brewing facility is now fully operational. We’re brewing three times per week at a 1- to 1.5-bbl capacity.

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

Every day is a celebration. Because there are so many great local brewers and breweries, it pushes us to keep getting better, not just at our craft, but in everything we do.

Name a favorite food and beer pairing.

I love pairing spicy foods with citrusy American pale ales, especially those on the drier side of the scale.

What’s your biggest accomplishment unrelated to your job?

I have co-founded two companies, both of which have demanded an insane amount of time. Because of this, I’m most proud of the family environment my wife and I have been able to create for our three children. I’m completely and utterly blessed to have such support.

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

Stone Go To IPA.

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

I play soccer twice a week, and our family is very active in boating, visiting theme parks, and attending local sporting events.

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

San Diego. Their tasting rooms, particularly Stone and Ballast Point, inspired us to create what we have here in Apollo Beach.



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