1. Where is your brewery?
Everywhere and nowhere. I don't own a brewery but brew all over the world from my own recipes under my own label. I have two main breweries I use, Two Roads in Connecticut and Westbrook in South Carolina.
2. What was the first beer you had that made you realize craft beer was going to be a bigger part of your life?
Rodenbach and Saison Dupont. When I tasted them many years ago, I realized how diverse and flavorful beer could be and haven't looked back since.
3. What is your favorite style to brew and why?
I don't know if I have a favorite style to brew but people tell me I'm really good at making stouts. It's a fun style because you can do so much with it, there is pretty much nothing you can't do. You can play with yeast, spices, fruit, etc.
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?
The classic answer, but I mean it: Orval. Such a perfect beer in so many ways. Hoppy at first, turns funky almost. It's like many different beers in one bottle. I have always said "Orval is magic."
5. What is your favorite music to listen to in the brewery?
Again, since I don't own the breweries I usually listen to what is being played. I have realized that by far the most popular "brewery music" out there is hard rock or heavy metal. I guess it goes well with the noise and the hard work!?
6. Which other brewery has inspired you the most? Why?
won't say a certain brewery inspired me more than others but the American craft beer scene in general has been very inspiring to me. I love the approach of taking classic styles and making them your own.
7. Single hop beer - which hops are you using?
I have done two and not for the sake of the hop but for the sake of the beer. I actually find the single hop thing a little silly unless it's for a purpose of making the beer better, different, and more interesting. I did an all Brett fermented beer with Nelson just because I thought the hop and yeast would work really well together and I just did an Imperial India Pale American Wheat Lager with Mosaic.
8. Where is your favorite place to get a beer after work and why?
At home. I love going out, but being at home relaxing with a good beer (or wine or cocktail) is enjoyable.
9. What is one piece of advice you'd give to someone who thinks they want to get into the craft beer industry?
Be prepared to work your ass off. It's a fun, but also fast moving and very competitive scene. The breweries I see have the most success are the ones that work the hardest. Some think craft beer is so popular now that you can just start a brand and lean back; but that is definitely not the case!
10. Dogs or cats?
one, I'm not much of an animal person. My wife just got a dog, so I guess I will have to say dogs...