Vishal Chunilal

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What’s your current position at your brewery, and how did you get started in the craft brewing industry?
I am one of the owners and director of operations at Oviedo Brewing Company in Oviedo, Fla. The idea of opening a brewery came about at a dinner after providing homebrew to our friends. One of our partners said he wanted to create a business in India for craft beer, and I laughed and said I wanted to do this business here in Oviedo. We spoke at length about the idea and eventually started on a business plan. Four years later, Oviedo Brewing Co. is now open.

What’s new at Oviedo Brewing?
We recently released our Double IPA and brewed a 30-bbl batch of our Oktoberfest beer.

What’s the best part of being a part of the craft brewing community?
Breweries help one another grow in the market they’re in. They provide advice on what to do and what not to do, helping you avoid mistakes that cost you more money in the end.

Name a favorite food and beer pairing.
Peanut butter and jelly wings with a blonde ale.

What’s your favorite beer from another brewery?
DuClaw Sweet Baby Java.

What do you like to do in your time away from the brewery?
Travel and spend time with my wife and children.

What’s the most memorable travel destination at which you’ve had a chance to sample the local beer?
Fiji Islands, drinking Fiji Bitter Beer.

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