Stephanie Harper

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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 head brewer for our 2-barrel system at Islamorada Beer Co. [in Islamorada, Fla.] I started in the craft beer industry by working at the bar and having a prior love for homebrewing.

What’s new at Islamorada?

Queen Conch, a raspberry summer ale, because it’s always summer in the Florida Keys.

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

It’s hard to narrow it down, but some of the reasons are experimentation, constant change (always something to learn), and meeting some of the greatest people.

Name a favorite food and beer pairing.

Islamorada Ale and a nice fresh fish ceviche.

What’s your biggest accomplishment unrelated to your job?

Swimming for four years in college and finishing my tech instruction course in scuba diving.

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

Affiniti by Dogfish Head and Sexual Chocolate by Foothills Brewing.

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

I’m originally from Delaware, but this year, being able to participate in the [CBC] reception at the Philadelphia Museum of Art had to be one of my best experiences. It was so unique and featured so much great, local beer.

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

Living in the Keys is great. I love scuba diving and instructing when I have the chance, spearfishing, walking my dogs, reading, paddleboarding, and almost anything associated with the water.

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