1. Where is your brewery?
Glenwood Springs, Colorado. About 3 hours west of Denver.
2. What was the first beer you had that made you realize craft beer was going to be a bigger part of your life?
That's really hard to say. It was probably a culmination of many. When I worked at Bristol Brewing Company in Colorado Springs 10 years, I was exposed to many styles. It was there that I really started to think about making it a career. I still remember drinking their Red Rocket Pale Ale and telling people, "it's like an IPA, but lower alcohol!" It was so amazing to me.
3. What is your favorite style to brew and why?
Fruited farmhouse ales, like our Fruit Stand ™ series. Making farmhouse ales is so much fun, but then take it a step further using whole local fruit, it just makes sense to me. Getting to meet the growers and walk in their orchards picking out what variety and crop you want. There's nothing better.
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?
Sierra Nevada Pale Ale.
5. What is your favorite music to listen to in the brewery?
Hip hop! Anything 1986 to 1994.
6. Which other brewery has inspired you the most? Why?
Cantillon. I love their brewing philosophy and beers - who doesn't? Their use of whole fruit and old world brewing methods are great to see still in use today.
7. Single hop beer - which hops are you using?
3-5 year old whole European noble hops for making Belgian-style sour beers.
8. Where is your favorite place to get a beer after work and why?
The Brick Pony in Basalt, CO. They have Coors Banquet on tap. Enough said.
9. What is one piece of advice you'd give to someone who thinks they want to get into the craft beer industry?
Brewing, for most, is a hobby that quickly becomes a job. That's okay, but it's not for everyone. Volunteer as much as possible before completely changing your life for a small amount of pay.
10. Dogs or cats?
Dogs all the way.