Pola Galie

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

My son had the crazy idea of opening a brewery. As he was getting closer, he told me that potential investors wanted beer to give away to their friends, but he didn’t have enough time to brew. My famous question: “What can I do to help? I can cook.” The next thing I knew, we were brewing together and then I was off on my own. He and I are the only brewers at our brewery [Lower Forge Brewery in Medford, N.J.].

What’s new at Lower Forge?

We are expanding production and getting out to more bars, restaurants, and liquor stores. We are also getting more adventuresome with experiments with our beers.

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

THE BEER! I enjoy designing beers that people can enjoy. I especially like designing beers that help new craft beer fans ease into the craft beer scene and enjoy it.

Name a favorite food and beer pairing.

Lower Forge’s Magical Mosaic and a good pizza from our local pizzeria.

What’s your biggest accomplishment unrelated to your job?

Being a grandmother, and volunteering with wounded warriors and veterans.

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

New Belgium Citradelic.

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

Elysburg, Pa. for a trapshoot. The local food market had a beer cafe and, compared to my home state at the time, it was craft beer Disney World. Lots of choices.

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

I am a basket weaver and fiber artist. When I am not brewing, I am weaving, spinning, or knitting.

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