1. Where is your brewery?
Right now we brew out of our garage in Delray Beach. We are working to finalize our location in Boynton Beach.
2. What was the first beer you tried that made you realize craft beer was going to be a bigger part of your life?
I had a two year old bottle of Orval in Belgium when I was 18. It was by far the most complex beer I ever had, and it was the first beer I had made with Brettanomyces. It was the first beer that made me think about brewing as a career, and prompter me to change my major at Clemson to microbiology.
3. What is your favorite style to brew and why?
Beers with Brettanomyces! I go through phases, but recently I've been into hoppy 100% Brett fermentations and dark sour beers. I enjoy brewing what I like to drink, and I like to drink weird stuff, the kind of things that you can't normally find at the beer store.
4. If you were on a stranded island (why 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?
Jolly Pumpkin Bam Biere, the perfect island beer!
5. What is your favorite music to listen to in the brewery?
I'll listen to just about anything but country. Recently, I've been listening to a lot of Atmosphere and Queens of the Stone Age.
6. Which other brewery has inspired you the most and why?
Jolly Pumpkin was the first brewery in the US to open a brewery focused on wild ales, and the opened over 10 years ago. They have introduced thousands of Americans to wild beers, and they have greatly increased consumer interest in the style of beers that I enjoy most.
7. Single hop beer - which hops are using?
I'm not really a big fan of single hop beers, but I have a had a few good beers made with only Mosaic.
8. Where is your favorite place to get a beer after work and why?
That's a tough question. In Boca Raton I like the Sybarite Pig, in Delray I like The Coffee District, and in Boynton I like Due South Brewery. The Sybarite Pig has awesome food and beer I won't find anywhere else in town. At the Coffee District I seem to always bump into someone I know, and I'm friends with the guys at Due South.
9. What is one piece of advice you'd give to someone who thinks they want to get into the craft beer industry?
Study science. At its core, brewing is a lot of chemistry, microbiology, and engineering. If you want to be a good brewer, you have to be a scientist before you can be an artist.
10. Dogs or cats?
I like both, but dogs can be needy, so I guess I prefer cats.