Ryan Kilpatrick

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

I am owner/head brewer at Fiction Beer Company in Denver. I have always been interested in starting my own business. For a time it was a restaurant, but then I started working in accounting for a restaurant company and realized that was not my path. As I became more and more engrossed in craft beer as a homebrewer, my wife eventually suggested that we open a brewery. After years of consideration and planning, we took the plunge.

What’s new at Fiction Beer Company?

Sour Sunday! We have been slowly culturing our sour program since before we opened our doors. Now we are starting to release small batch blends from our solera program the third Sunday of each month. It has been a huge success and a lot of fun. We have plans to expand the program 400 percent this year.

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

People’brewers, customers, beer geeks, everyone. It is so much fun to get lost in a conversation about beer with folks, and now I get to do it as my job!

Name a favorite food and beer pairing.

Beer (probably an English style) with pretzels and mustard.

What’s your biggest accomplishment unrelated to your job?

My family. I have a very supportive wife and two awesome kiddos under the age of four!

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

Crooked Stave Nightmare on Brett.

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

Brussels, Belgium. After becoming enamored with the story of how New Belgium started, after college I backpacked through Europe and made a point to stop in Belgium and do little but drink beer.

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

Hang out with my family and go on adventures. We have some family on the Western Slope [of Colorado] and it is always a good time when we visit. There is no electricity and no cell signal so you can really get away from it all.

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