I had the pleasure to meet Vasili the other night at The Commons opening, and he was kind enough to do an interview for our blog. Please give a warm #pdxbeergeeks welcome to Laurelwood's head brewer.
Name: Vasilios (Vasili) Gletsos
Hometown: West Chester, PA, not that I have any relatives there
Favorite Beer: Stock answer is anything made well, but beyond that, I feel like every beer has a perfect time. The beers I talk about as favorites are mostly bound to a period in my life or place or something else that has no bearing on the beer other then it was well made and met me where I was at. That being said Gale’s Prize Old Ale, while the Horndean brewery was still open.
Favorite Beer Haunt: I really like a couple places that have opened up in my hood. Hop and Vine has great food and a relaxed atmosphere. Saraveza is a great place to meet up for a beer with a friend. I’m a big fan of both.
What was the first craft brew you ever tried? The first American craftbeer I had was probably while I was living in Portland, Maine. It was probably some Shipyard, like Old Thumper, or Chamberlin’s Pale or Gritty’s Black Fly Stout, or Geary’s Hampshire Ale.
What did you think? My early recollections were that it was a fine and flavorful thing to have, like a nice cheese or bread or olives. I liked it but didn’t become obsessed until much later on when I was touring around. I tried some imported beers that really expanded my concept of what beer was. Then when I found out I could make it, I was thoroughly engaged.
How’d you hear about the pdxbeergeeks? I am not very familiar with the organization, but I met Michael recently and he told me about them. Before that, I had seen some stickers, etc.
If you could change one thing about beer culture in the US, what would it be? Attitudes and taboos around drinking, everything from the legal drinking age to stupid narratives that are used to sell beer and generally dumb things down.
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