What’s your current position at your brewery, and how did you get started in the craft brewing industry?
I’m currently running brewing operations for Akasha Brewing Company in Louisville, Ky. My wife, Kalyn, manages our taproom and events. I got started years ago as a homebrewer. After winning multiple awards and becoming obsessed with making the best beer I could, I decided to try and break into the industry. I worked for a couple different beer distributors before finally landing a position making beer.
What’s new at Akasha Brewing?
We recently released our first ever 16-ounce can. No Frills is a pale ale recipe I’ve been developing since my early homebrew days. It’s a super tasty and dry beer, loaded with hop character and pretty tame on bitterness.
What’s the best part of being a part of the craft brewing community?
We have around eight breweries within just a couple mile radius of us. We’re all back and forth trying each other’s beers, hanging out, helping each other grow, and creating friendly, healthy competition. We’re all friends here and I always feel comfortable if I need to reach out for help from brewers who have been doing this for as long as I’ve been alive.
Name a favorite food and beer pairing.
Pizza + pale ale. Thanksgiving dinner + Belgian table beer.
What’s your biggest accomplishment unrelated to your job?
Lately I’ve felt accomplished by being able to take some time off to get back into my personal life. The last year has been insanely busy and it’s been very hard for my wife and I to spend any time on ourselves. We are proud that we can finally take a small step back from time to time and enjoy the fruits of our labor.
What’s your favorite beer from another brewery?
Holsopple Brewing’s Paula’s Pilsner is an amazing and clean Pilsner that reminds me of Coors Banquet. It’s a great local option for weekends at the lake!
What do you like to do in your time away from the brewery?
Spend time with my wife and dog, and weekends at Barren River Lake.
What’s the most memorable travel destination at which you’ve had a chance to sample the local beer?
Northern California. The overall quality from brewery to brewery was exceptional. I can’t think of a brewery we stopped at that we did not enjoy.