Neil Chabut

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What’s your current position at your brewery, and how did you get started in the craft brewing industry?

Like other small brewery owners, I play many roles [at Eudora Brewing Co. in Kettering, Ohio]. I’m the head brewer, but I serve beer in the tap room, deliver beer to local bars and restaurants, represent Eudora at public events, and even mop floors and wipe down tables on occasion. My brother introduced me to craft beer when I was in college, and eventually we decided to brew our own. My cousin is a homebrewer, so he helped us through the first few batches. I fell in love with creating my own recipes and bringing them to life in the kitchen and garage.

What’s new at Eudora?

We’re in our first year, so we’re still releasing new seasonal beers. We’ve also started to sell a few kegs to local bars and restaurants every now and then. I had dreamt of distributing several years down the road, but I had no idea that there would be so much demand for our beer after just a few months of being open. More importantly, we just reached another milestone with our clean water initiative. In the past 10 months, we’ve donated more than $2,500 to charity: water, which helps bring clean water to people all over the world.

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

I love to be a part of a group of people that is sharing the gift of good beer with the world. Craft beer is booming in our area, and many people have never tried anything aside from light, watered-down beers that have become part of American society. It’s nice to expose them to high-quality products, whether they’re my beers or not. The craft brewing community as a whole is incredibly supportive and friendly. It’s kind of like a fraternity without the hazing and muscle shirts.

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

I enjoy visiting new places, trying new foods, tasting beer, and being in nature (not necessarily in that order).

What’s your favorite food and beer pairing?

I like a nice dark and roasty beer paired with grilled or smoked meat. A pint of stout or porter with smoked pork is my idea of heaven.

What’s your biggest accomplishment unrelated to your job?

I’ve never taken a selfie…and I’m proud of it. On a more serious note, I made it through college and finished with a pretty decent GPA.

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

Hard to choose a favorite beer, but I’m a really big fan of Yeti by Great Divide.

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

I got a chance to go to Cologne, Germany several years ago. I tried an authentic K lsch for the first time, and I’ll never forget it. Such a unique beer style!

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