Favorite Beer: Impossible question to answer.....How about I give you eight?
1. Monchshof Schwarzbier
2. Westy 8
3. Laurelwood Wry Pale
4. Cantillon Lou Pepe
5. Breakside Salted Caramel Stout
6. Reissdorf Kolsch
7. Gouden Carolous Blau
8. Avery Fifteen
What was the first craft brew you ever tried? What did you think? Wolavers Oatmeal Stout. Blew my mind. My parents used to let me take sips of their drinks at a young age and I always wanted to try new things. The first few samples he gave me were wine, a few of which I apparently spat back into the glass. They thought the same thing would happen with beer, so they mockingly poured me a shot glass of Oatmeal stout. It was basically the greatest thing since candy at that point, and as I grew older I was allowed more freedom to explore craft beer styles.
Do you homebrew? If yes, favorite homebrew to date: I used to homebrew 4-6 days a week, even through my employment at Oregon Trail and Fire Mountain. Unfortunately, or really fortunately, at Flat Tail, I get to brew things normally relocated to crazy homebrew batches every week...I even made a fuckin Journey tribute. That said, my favorite homebrews were probably my Seaweed Wheat Stout, Kolsch, and Dunkelweisse.
How’d you hear about the pdxbeergeeks? I met them
What does being a beer geek mean to you? I'd like to think of myself as more of an "enthusiastic fermentor".....
If you could change one thing about beer culture in the US, what would it be? More of it. My ultimate goal is to see a neighborhood pub in every...well, neighborhood. Beer used to be a part of day to day life. i'd like to see beer be a part of a healthy diet and lifestyle, not socially regulated to weekends and lawn mowing sessions.
What do you love about Portland’s Craft Beer scene? I love being able to walk into a brewery like Breakside and grabbing something nuts like a beet bier de garde, then jogging over to Saraveza for a pasty and a pale. Its diverse enough that you can have something completely new one day, and hang out at your favorite regular bar the next.