There are beer geeks, and there's Jason Kusowski, head of Spruce Campbells Brewing Co. Kusowski has earned accreditation from Chicago's Siebel Institute and Germany's Doemens Academy. He is a certified Cicerone, having passed the industry-standard certification program for beer expertise. He's also collaborated with Founder Brewery to have one of his recipes (Melon Ball and the Infinite Radness) on tap during the brewery's famous KBS Week.

There are beer geeks, and there's Jason Kusowski, head of Spruce Campbells Brewing Co. Kusowski has earned accreditation from Chicago's Siebel Institute and Germany's Doemens Academy. He is a certified Cicerone, having passed the industry-standard certification program for beer expertise. He's also collaborated with Founder Brewery to have one of his recipes (Melon Ball and the Infinite Radness) on tap during the brewery's famous KBS Week.

But most importantly, he's just a guy who loves beer and wants to make beer you'll love too.

"To really get respect, that has to be gained. If you're going to pay me money for something I made, I want you to thoroughly enjoy it. I'd rather [be] smaller and produce really great beer that people can relate to," Kusowski said of the early stages of Spruce Campbells.

Spruce Campbells has been perfecting recipes at North High Brewing since spring, to rave reviews by beer geeks and the less scrupulous alike, but Kusowski - pleased with the endeavor - is ready for bigger and better things.

Last fall, Kusowski began the Native Funk project that dispersed autoclaved wort (dry malt extract, yeast nutrients and aged hops) to 73 locations around Columbus for a wild beer project. Early results have already drawn "wow" from one of the toughest beer critics in the city - veteran Bob's Bar bartender Paul Simpson.

Kusowski's next big step is heading to South Korea with business partner Andrew Park in 2016 to build a full-scale brewery. He will spend about a year in Korea getting the brewery to full capacity and then return to Columbus, where he and Park will focus on a similar operation for Spruce Campbells. It's a partnership built out of both professional and personal respect that will have Kusowski and Park making excellent beer on opposite sides of the world.

"We want to make it so I'm always invested in his company and he's always invested in mine. They say you're lucky in life when you meet someone who believes in you and shares your vision. That's even more true in business," Kusowski said. "I'm very lucky to have met Andrew ... he believes in my talents and has the ability to make this happen. That's all you can ask for-a chance."