1. Where is your brewery?
Sunny Chicago, IL
2. What was the first beer you had that made you realize craft beer was going to be a bigger part of your life ?
I don't know what that beer was. It was more about visiting Avery in CO where I used to live. I saw a bunch of dudes making beer and enjoying themselves. That impressive was lasting. For me, beer is second to that culture.
3. What is your favorite style to brew and why?
Hops still reign king at our brewery.
4. If you were stranded on an island (with a working refrigerator that automatically replenished itself) and you could only have one beer for the rest of your life in that fridge, which would it be?
Right now I'd say Heyoka IPA - a winter IPA we're brewing.
5. What is your favorite music to listen to in the brewery?
The brewery gets a lot of music run through it. My favorite part about that is that it's very varied. The Growlers to Ween to Bongripper to Huey Lewis.
6. Which other brewery has inspired you the most? Why?
Rather than one being the biggest inspiration, it's more about pieces of many. Our favorite breweries are ones that are most sincere and typically strange.
7. Single hop beer - which hops are you using?
One of the classics - Chinook, Simcoe, Amarillo
8. Where is your favorite place to get a beer after work and why?
Our tap room is the easy dunk on that one. Peeling out of work more and walking through a door into your tap room and selection of the beers your brewery is working through is about as tasty as it gets.
9. What is one piece of advice you'd give to someone who thinks they want to get into the craft beer industry?
Today, I’d say our industry is feeling the weight of more. I’d tell anyone to think hard about great ideas. If you believe you have some, then seek out your favorite brewery and approach the owner/founder/president/head brewer regarding your ability and willingness to fuel their brewery. If you hit obstacles, then worm your way through the back door like so many before you. Always be ready to do shit work for a long time.
10. Dogs or cats?
If we’re talking about your garden variety family pet, then I’ve always been partial to dogs. I’ve always had them. I like cats, too, but cats in the city means litter boxes, and I’m against litter boxes.