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 all around fun guy at Finch’s Beer Company in Chicago. Like many other pro brewers, I first started homebrewing in the confines of my kitchen, only to be smitten with the “brewing bug.”
What’s new at Finch’s?
Cans, cans, and more cans as our canning line is finally operational! We are also brewing a wide selection of specialty beers monthly.
What’s the best part of being a part of the craft brewing community?
The community itself. Brewers are always willing to share a story, an idea, or a pint. The camaraderie is infectious and unlike any other profession I can think of.
What do you like to do in your time away from the brewery?
I like to listen to music and spend time with my lovely wife, Kathleen, and my daughter, Piper.
What’s your favorite food and beer pairing?
A good imperial stout and a medium rare steak.
What’s your biggest accomplishment unrelated to your job?
I still haven’t seen the movie “Titanic.”
What’s your favorite beer that your brewery does not produce?
That’s a tough question with so many amazing beers out there. Diplomatic answer aside, I’m a nut for lambics and sour beers. Rodenbach Grand Cru, 3 Fonteinen, and Cantillon are always welcomed beers to my palate.
What’s the most memorable travel destination at which you’ve had a chance to sample the local beer?
A number of years ago I was traveling with my family in the Badlands/Custer State Park in South Dakota. We stopped in at a local brewery called Crow’s Peak. It was a refreshing experience and break from the hiking and sightseeing and we had a wonderful time sampling the many beers.