What’s your current position at your brewery, and how did you get started in the craft brewing industry?
I am the head brewer and founder of Baying Hound Aleworks [in Rockville, Md]. I got into the craft brewing industry the same way a lot of my fellow brewers got into it, starting out as a homebrewer.
What’s new at Baying Hound?
My brewery is brand new, that is what is new.
What’s the best part of being a part of the craft brewing community?
Where do I start? The brewing community has been nothing but helpful. I feel a camaraderie I have never felt anywhere before, from an encouraging email from Garrett Oliver, shooting the breeze with Rich Fleischer (Hook and Ladder) on a dog walk in my neighborhood, and helpful advice from Nathan Sanborn (Rising Tide Brewing Co.) They have all been very helpful.
What do you like to do in your time away from the brewery?
Go for hikes with my wife and dog, cook, network, drink beer with my friends, and play the occasional video game.
What’s your favorite food and beer pairing?
I would have to say a nice spicy Indian curry. I actually designed my pale ale to go with curry.
What’s your biggest accomplishment unrelated to your job?
Getting married to a very supportive woman.
What’s your favorite beer that your brewery does not produce?
If I had to pick just one beer that pretty much goes with everything, I would have to say Saison Dupont.
What’s the most memorable travel destination at which you’ve had a chance to sample the local beer?
My first exposure to the inner workings of a brewery was at Tuborg in Copenhagen, Denmark. I made an effort to go for the tour every summer, and of course drink the beer. My second memorable destination, I’d have to say Richmond, Va. I learned to rock climb near Legend Brewing Company. I think we drank during our climbs and after.