Tuesday, September 27, 2011
Interview Series: Meet the Geeks : Pennsylvania Edition: Dan Garber / @Royal_Hopulence
Hometown: Coatesville, Pennsylvania
Favorite Beer: Almost an impossible question... If I had to pick, Victory's Golden Monkey
Favorite Beer Haunt: Craft Ale House in Limerick, Pennsylvania
What was the first craft brew you ever tried? What did you think? It was HopDevil at Victory Brewing Co. in Downingtown, Pennsylvania, and my thought was "Wow, this is beer??" From a Lite beer background with Yuengling being my go-to, HopDevil was a big change, for the better.
Do you homebrew? If yes, favorite homebrew to date: Another tough question... I think the most solid, enjoyable beer I make is my Belgian witbier, but my favorite might have to be the imperial breakfast stout I made recently, at 14%ABV. Jury is still out until I get to taste the pumpkin porter that I just bottled on Sunday, though.
How'd you hear about the pdxbeergeeks? From you, on twitter!
What does being a beer geek mean to you? It means being open to new things, as well as old things, in the beer market. It means being an ambassador of beer, and not judging others on the beer they choose to drink, even if it is Bud Light. It means knowing beer, and educating others about beer, and not being a snob about it. Nobody knows everything there is to know about beer, as the market, styles, and methods are changing and adapting every day with the craft beer revolution we are experiencing right now.
If you could change one thing about beer culture in the US, what would it be? There are a few things, but foremost would be the outright profiteering by both breweries and consumers. The breweries that release limited batches for ridiculous cost, or charge five times the price per ounce for a 750ml bottle compared to a sixer of 12 oz bottles, and the people who attend events to obtain limited release bottles and then sell them on eBay for exponentially more than the bottles cost, it's detestable.
What do you love about Portland's craft beer scene? I'll have to let you know once I make it out there to check it out!
Where can we find you on the web? On twitter, @Royal_Hopulence