What’s your current position at your brewery, and how did you get started in the craft brewing industry?
I am the newest brewer at Societe Brewing Company [in San Diego, Calif.]. I first got into this industry after I graduated college. I was excited about beer and having the chance to work for a brewery seemed interesting. I applied for two positions at two different breweries and I got them both. I did not homebrew at all–I went right to scrubbing floors. Now I am at the point in my career where I love nothing more than brewing beer.
What’s new at Societe?
Everything. We are in the middle of our expansion. We are constantly doing new things every day to get the tanks online, to make more beer…to tame the beast in the brewhouse, if you will. It is awesome.
What’s the best part of being a part of the craft brewing community?
Talking beer with like-minded individuals who care just as much about beer as I do.
What do you like to do in your time away from the brewery?
I used to ride my bike a lot, until it got stolen. Now I spend my time hunting the jerk who nabbed it…
What’s your favorite food and beer pairing?
Ooh, that’s a really hard question. I would have to say that it was a mango corn salsa paired with a Mosaic extra pale ale. It was amazing and it opened my eyes to craft beer and food pairings.
What’s your biggest accomplishment unrelated to your job?
Surviving college…both graduating with a degree and successfully navigating a collegiate hockey career.
What’s your favorite beer that your brewery does not produce?
Anything Russian River brews is incredible.
What’s the most memorable travel destination at which you’ve had a chance to sample the local beer?
I lived in China, and there is actually some awesome beer over there being brewed by an amazing crew of brewers.