What’s your current position at your brewery, and how did you get started in the craft brewing industry?
I am owner and co-brewer with Luke Studer [at Bull City Burger and Brewery in Durham, N.C.]. I started brewing at Goose Island Brewery in Chicago in the mid-90s.
What’s new at Bull City?
Everything is new! We are just four months young. Right now we are playing with fresh locally grown hops in a series of wet hopped barrels of our Pale Ale.
What’s the best part of being a part of the craft brewing community?
The brotherhood/sisterhood aspect for sure. Everyone is helping one another, looking out for one another, and promoting craft beer. All ships rise with the tide as they say.
What do you like to do in your time away from the brewery?
Away from the brewery, it’s all about family…and maybe thinking about the next beer recipe.
What’s your favorite food and beer pairing?
Steamed mussels in Saison with Saison.
What’s your biggest accomplishment unrelated to your job?
It took me 14 years to do it, but after leaving Goose Island I was determined to open a brewpub to brew beer and serve pasture-raised beef burgers. Wait, that’s my job, but then again it’s my biggest accomplishment lately.
What’s your favorite beer that your brewery does not produce?
Flemish brown ales.
What’s the most memorable travel destination at which you’ve had a chance to sample the local beer?
Drinking Coopers in Australia at an Australian rules football game. Ordering a “slab” (i.e. a case of beer) to your seats with your own built-in cooler to help yourself throughout the game was pretty cool. The game was really just an excuse to drink and eat meat pies with tomato sauce (ketchup).