What’s your current position at your brewery, and how did you get started in the craft brewing industry?
President, CFO, brewer, and general problem solver (start with a cold beer and the problems disappear!) at Check Six Brewing Co. in Southport, N.C. I started as a homebrewer in 2006 with my business partner.
What’s new at Check Six?
The brewery itself is really new since we just opened in April. However, we just tapped a keg of the latest NC Brewer’s Guild collaboration beer called Guildy as Sin. It is an awesome beer, and we were honored to be able to participate with so many other great breweries.
What’s the best part of being a part of the craft brewing community?
That’s a tough call between the beer and the people. Of course, I enjoy experiencing all the latest creativity in the craft beer industry. It is really awesome how much collaboration there is.
Name a favorite food and beer pairing.
A big, juicy burger and a smooth brown or altbier.
What’s your biggest accomplishment unrelated to your job?
Earning my Air Force pilot wings.
What’s your favorite beer that your brewery does not produce?
Hacker-Pschorr Weisse beer. This is the beer that made me a beer lover.
What do you like to do in your time away from the brewery?
Fly jet fighters, deer and bird hunting in the fall with my boys, and kayaking and RV camping with my wife and sons.
What’s the most memorable travel destination at which you’ve had a chance to sample the local beer?
The UK and Ireland in 2012 for a friend’s wedding. Glorious ales in London, Edinburgh, and Dublin!