Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Interview Series: Meet the Geeks: Tim Ensign of Powered by Yeast

I was fortunate enough to head out to Plew's Brews last night, where our Geek of the Day, Tim Ensign, was serving up some delicious samples from a few of his lines... Tim is the owner of Powered by Yeast, an alcohol sales brokerage company in Oregon! A few of us #pdxbeergeeks enjoyed samples of Fort George Vortex IPA & 1811 Lager, some tasty honey meads, and refreshing sangria.

Tim has over 17 years working in the beverage industry; merchandising, purchasing, sales, bartending, distribution and management, and has an in-depth knowledge of the local (competitive and evolving) beverage market. We're happy that he's on board with the #pdxbeergeeks group, and appreciate his well-established relationships with bar owners, brewers, industry writers/bloggers in our area. Tim has an expansive knowledge of beer-wine-mead styles, brands and an undeniable (unquenchable) passion for all things fermented! If you see him out and about, be sure to say hello!

Tim Ensign of Powered by Yeast
Name: Tim Ensign
Owner: Powered by Yeast (Brand Management)
Hometown: San Jose & Chico, California

Favorite Beer: I’m a bit partial to Fort George Vortex IPA; this love makes it easy for me to sell!

Favorite Beer Haunt: I live in Oregon City so Highland Still House... in PDX, too many to list…

What was the first craft brew you ever tried? What did you think? Working at Trader Joes in California at 19 I started trying macro/ craft beers. Most were contract brews like Fat Weasel & Jumping Cow Amber Ale. Then I moved to Chico and drank Sierra Nevada Pale, of course.

Do you homebrew? If yes, favorite homebrew to date: YES… I made a raspberry IPA once that was amazing but I mostly brew IPA’s and most turn out really good.

How’d you hear about the pdxbeergeeks? Facebook

What does being a beer geek mean to you? Always willing to try a new beer & having an open mind to styles and a willingness to expand my boundaries. And a slight bit of arrogance.

If you could change one thing about beer culture in the US, what would it be? Wake up people! We have the best beer scene in the world - get out there and try some new beers! Support local and expand your palates with different and unique beers.

What do you love about Portland’s Craft Beer scene? What’s not to love it’s the BEST in the world! I can/will argue that one till I die!

Where can we find you on the web? on Facebook at Powered by Yeast!