Ryan Locke

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

I’m the VP of Business Development for Brew Detroit [in Detroit, Mich.]. I got my start at another local craft brewery working the keg filler. The first thing you need to know about operating a keg filler is how to drive a forklift.

What’s new at Brew Detroit?

We just added four new 400 bbl FVs.

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

Craft beer is exciting and interesting to so many different people. The best part is the feeling I get when someone asks me what I do. Responding with genuine pride and enthusiasm boosts my level of confidence higher than ever before.

Name a favorite food and beer pairing.

Carnitas and a local mango wheat beer. Salty, crunchy shredded pork, onion, and cilantro with the sweet, aromatic mango wheat provides a perfect pairing for the season.

What’s your biggest accomplishment unrelated to your job?

Striving to be the best dad ever.

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

Imperial stout from Batch Brewery in Detroit.

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

Baseball, boxing, and playing with my son.

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

The Michigan Brewers Guild Fall Beer Festival in Detroit’s Eastern Market. Michigan brewers are some of the best in the world.



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