Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Interview Series : Meet the Geek : Zach Beckwith Now With Pints Brewing

Zach Beckwith at the Beer Summer Games 2008
Name: Zach Beckwith

Hometown: Grand Rapids, MI

Favorite Beer: A really well crafted stout, Bell’s Expedition and my own Black Dawn come to mind

Favorite Beer Haunt: In Portland, Horsebrass, elsewhere, Ashley’s in Ann Arbor, MI.

What was the first craft brew you ever tried? What did you think? I started exploring craft beer at an early age. My first beer, period, was a Guinness that my dad had in our basement fridge that he used for cooking. After that I went through a George Killian’s Red phase along with some Pete’s and Sam Adams Oktoberfest before being introduced to Bell’s and New Holland by a friend’s older brother. I’m not positive but my first Michigan craft beer was probably Bell’s Oberon or Bell’s Best Brown, either way I was inspired and started seeking out every new beer I could find.

Do you homebrew? If yes, favorite homebrew to date: Unfortunately I don’t really homebrew myself anymore, but am always willing to help friends that do. Before turning pro, I homebrewed for about 5 years, and one of my most memorable batches was a saison with black peppercorns and grapefruit rind, that I later used as the inspiration for a beer I brewed at Lompoc.

How’d you hear about the pdxbeergeeks? Direct from the source! I had the chance to meet Michael at one of the Lompoc media tastings, though in truth, I had heard of the group before that, your legend precedes you.

What does being a beer geek mean to you? When someone mentions Michael Jackson, you think of the beer hunter first.

If you could change one thing about beer culture in the US, what would it be? I would like to see traditional cask beer more readily available.

What do you love about Portland’s Craft Beer scene? Everything, but most of all the camaraderie between brewers.

Where can we find you on the web?