What’s your favorite part of being the brewmaster at Barley’s Brewing Co.?
I love when there’s an idea for a beer, and following that idea from formulation to execution to watching people enjoy it. It’s magic to me.
What did you want to be when you were a kid?
The last thing I really remember really passionately wanting to be as a kid is a professional jazz musician. When I was in school I loved music, and I played all kinds of different instruments.
How much does science play a part in your brewing process?
The science end of it isn’t something that just kind of falls into place. I trust my tongue and my experience more than I trust a microscope. And sometimes I’d be afraid I might be missing the big picture by looking at too many details.
What’s the worst part of your job?
Paperwork — if I could be specific, Excel spreadsheets. I’m pretty sure that Satan lives in there somewhere.
What’s something people don’t know about being a brewer?
If I drank all day I wouldn’t be able to do my job. I wouldn’t make good beer. I taste everything at every stage in the process, but rarely do I get a glass of beer and drink it while I’m at work. After work, that’s different.
What’s your favorite event to be a part of as a brewmaster?
Our Afternoon with the Brewers has gotten better every year. It’s where we announce the winner of our annual homebrew competition, tap the beer that won last year’s homebrew competition and invite all the brewers in the region to bring their beer and hang out. Every year is more fun than the last, but last year, with all these new breweries, was a blast.