Monday, August 15, 2011

Interview Series: Meet the Geeks: Short Snout Brewing

Here at PDX Beer Geeks we like to hear about the differing opinions from people in the group. Our different experiences & thoughts on beer are what make our group interesting. While pure opinions are always debatable respectfully, our geeks have rich histories and varied experiences that make them valuable resources in the craftbeer community!

Aside from putting a face to the name (often we only start by seeing fellow geeks on the Twitters), we hope this will help you to recognize a fellow beer geek, and make sure to say 'Hullo.' Here, we meet Brian VanOrnum from Short Snout Brewing!  What Brian *doesn't* say here is that he brews some kickass beers, and has recently taken the next step to become a professional brewer!

Brian and his lovely wife, Hillary
Name: Brian VanOrnum (aka Short Snout Brewing)

Hometown: Hazlet, NJ (home of the only cast member of Jersey Shore to actual be from NJ. Now you know why I left!)

Favorite Beer: Whatever is on tap! Huge fan and proponent of CDA’s though.

Favorite Beer Haunt: Typically my back room. That’s where the taps are. But on the rare occasion I go out in the wild HUB seems to be the place we end up.

What was the first craft brew you ever tried? What did you think? My first beer ever was two days after my 21st birthday, and I remember it like it was yesterday. Yuengling Lager. It got me through college. I also made my first trip to Portland not too long after that. I was doomed ever since.

Do you homebrew? If yes, favorite homebrew to date:  Sure do. I love my CDA’s. Brewed a Jasmine IPA recently that I thought was amazing. I’ve also really enjoyed a Dopplebock I brewed last year.

How’d you hear about the pdxbeergeeks? I overheard a conversation on twitter. Started w/ a lively discussion on CDA’s.

What does being a beer geek mean to you? It means not being a snob (not a SNOB, I’m a card carrying member there too). Welcoming in beer lovers of all shapes, sizes, and hop preferences.  Good times with good beers and lively discussions on the suds we love.

If you could change one thing about beer culture in the US, what would it be?  Remove the fear of BMC consumers of trying anything else. As Alka-Seltzer® once said, “Try it, you’ll like it!”. There’s nothing to be afraid of, other than expanding your options.

What do you love about Portland’s Craft Beer scene? What’s not to love really? It’s a beer utopia. Open minded and willing to try new things. Great events, great brewers, and hey, it’s home to #pdxbeergeeks!