Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Interview Series : Meet the Geek : Scott Nikiel

Scott Nikiel
Name: Scott Nikiel

Hometown: Redmond, Washington

Favorite Beer: Westvleteren 8 (but since I can’t usually get that, Mikkeller Beer Geek Brunch Weasel is pretty great too), or, to quote Charlie Papazien and so many others, the one in my hand!

Favorite Beer Haunt: Avery Brewing in Boulder, Colorado is a fantastic place to hang out, but there are few places that have as many quality local and international brews as the Backcountry Pizza and Taphouse in Boulder. (In case you couldn’t tell, I just moved from Boulder and haven’t discovered a lot of new places in Portland yet.)

What was the first craft brew you ever tried? What did you think? Well, if you consider Paulaner a craft brewery, their Hefeweissen was my first craft brew, and I had it on a train out of Munich with a bar of German chocolate for breakfast when I was 18. I’ve been hooked ever since.

Do you homebrew? If yes, favorite homebrew to date: Yes, I’ve been homebrewing for almost three years now. I did most of my brewing with a good college buddy of mine, but I will continue brewing with my girlfriend now that we’re in Portland. To date, I would have to say my favorite has been my Jasmine Green Tea Rye Pale Ale, which will certainly be brewed again.

How’d you hear about the pdxbeergeeks? My girlfriend and I went to the final day of Portland Beer Week and saw the tent set up in the beergarden. I’m really excited to get involved!

What does being a beer geek mean to you? As a beer geek, I find I am introducing people to new beers and take it upon myself to nail down the “gateway” beer for people so that they can start enjoying beers as much as me! I spend entirely too much of my paycheck finding and trying new beers, particularly the rare and obscure. I also enjoy relaxing with a few friends and geeking out over some new and exciting fermented goodness.

If you could change one thing about beer culture in the US, what would it be? The “I drink beer because it’s cheap and it gets me drunk” attitude. I’d rather stay sober longer so that I can try more beers!

What do you love about Portland’s Craft Beer scene? I’m really excited about all of the local hops! As a homebrewer there’s not much that’s more exciting than good quality, low cost hops!

Where can we find you on the web?