1. Where is your brewery?
Tampa, Fl, not in Ybor.
2. What is the first beer you had that made you realize craft beer was going to be a bigger part of your life?
Technically it would be Sam Adams Winter Lager but I always give credit to Ommegang's 3 Philosophers and Victory Golden Monkey. Those two really changed me for good.
3. What is your favorite style and why?
It really depends on my mood. For the most part a really hoppy session IPA really hits the spot but I really enjoy sipping on a nice barrel aged stout. I really do enjoy every style of beer, except for Lichtenhainers. Not a fan of smoke in my beer.
4. What has been your favorite memory working for Cigar City, thus far?
Honestly, it's the comradery with my co-workers and other breweries. Being able to travel to other cities like Boston and Denver to share our beers with other craft beer enthusiasts.
5. 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, what would it be?
This is going to sounds so masturbatory; but honestly, fresh Guayabera.
6. Where is your favorite place to get a beer after work and why?
My real preference is someone's house to share some bottles with friends.
7. What is one piece of advice you'd give to someone who thinks they want to get into the craft beer industry?
Volunteer. Try and get involved with any local beer festivals or brewery events. Let your presence be known. Do your research. When someone sees you know what you're talking about, putting work in, and donating your time, they will take notice.
8. Any sales trends that you've noticed lately? What do you predict as far as popular styles and/or specific Cigar City beers emerging in 2016?
I definitely see a shift towards more sessionable beers. CCB Lager is poised to be a big mover for 2016. Also goses, berliners, and wild ales will continue to grow, especially here in Florida where it's so hot. People want to down something refreshing.
9. What music do you listen to while working?
If doing computer work, usually something low key and electronic heavy like Puscifer or Aphex Twin. Most of my work however requires me to be on the road driving in which case I blast metal all day. Pantera, Mutoid Man, Dillinger Escape Plan, Deftones, amongst many others.
10. Dogs or cats?
Dogs for their loyalty. I am allergic to cats anyways.