What’s your current position at your brewery, and how did you get started in the craft brewing industry?
I am the head brewer at Brewery 85 [in Greenville, S.C.]. I got started homebrewing in my parents’ garage as a hobby. I got more and more into it and eventually left my 9 to 5 job at a bank to attend the Siebel Institute of Technology. After beer studies in Chicago and Munich, Germany, I landed a job at Triangle Brewing Company in Durham, N.C. as an assistant brewer. A couple years later, I joined Brewery 85 as the head brewer.
What’s new at Brewery 85?
We are constantly brewing up new ideas, whether it’s a new spring seasonal or an exciting new cask idea. We have recently been releasing some of our barrel aged beers. We brewed three awesome collaboration beers with Thomas Creek and Quest Brewing Co for Greenville Craft Beer Week. We are also planning to add a canning line by the end of summer 2015.
What’s the best part of being a part of the craft brewing community?
It’s like being a part of a club with people from all sorts of backgrounds. We all stumbled into this community one way or another and share a common interest for craft beer. It kind of becomes a lifestyle. Working alongside other people who are equally as passionate about craft beer is the best part. It’s a pretty awesome club to be a part of.
What do you like to do in your time away from the brewery?
I love to travel, domestically and internationally. Sports keep me pretty occupied, mostly as a spectator. I’m a huge Georgia Bulldogs fan. I enjoy playing golf. I like to wander around Costco at least once a week and eat all of the samples. I like trying new restaurants and grilling at home whenever possible.
What’s your favorite food and beer pairing?
A good IPA and some grilled lamb chops. The thought of it is making my mouth water right now.
What’s your biggest accomplishment unrelated to your job?
Graduating from the University of Georgia with two degrees.
What’s your favorite beer that your brewery does not produce?
Sweetwater 420 and Terrapin Rye Pale Ale have both always held a special place in my heart because those were the beers that drew me into the craft world. But if I had to pick one beer as my favorite, it would be Bell’s Two Hearted.
What’s the most memorable travel destination at which you’ve had a chance to sample the local beer?