What are you most passionate about professionally? Personally?
Professionally, helping customers reinvent their business or create new business opportunities through technology. It’s amazing how technology, particularly software, can fundamentally transform entire industries. Personally, other than home brewing, anything outdoors – hiking, kayaking, hunting, etc.
What are you surprisingly good at?
Cooking – I love to cook, especially with wild game and veggies from my garden. It’s very relaxing to cook and have a few beers with SportsCenter on in the background. I’ve recently started cooking with beer, but that’s still a work in progress…
Beatles or Elvis?
Beatles because they influenced many of the 60’s rock bands (like The Who) that influenced the heavy metal pioneers of the 70’s and 80’s. If I had my choice, it would be Black Sabbath and Motorhead.
What is your favorite style to brew and why?
Ales because that’s what I like to drink, but I do more traditional English ales, Belgians, and Stouts/Porters. There are so many great IPAs on the market that I like to experiment with these other styles. My neighbor and I have a killer Belgian Golden and we’ve got an Imperial Stout in my basement that’s been in a Heaven Hill bourbon barrel since April.
Do you look at ratings on Untappd, Beer Advocate, Rate Beer and if you do how does it influence you?
I look at Beer Advocate and some of the others when I’m traveling some place new. Great reviews really draw my attention but marginal reviews don’t deter me too much. I look a little closer, and often, those reviews have more to do with an individual’s dislike for a style rather than that particular beer.
If there were a beer that you could brew, with no regard to cost, production or sales, what would it be?
Ales with fresh fruit additions. I’ve been experimenting the last few years at home – raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, mulberries, peaches, etc. from my garden or neighboring farms. We’re working on using heirloom apples, but they aren’t nearly as juicy as the commercial varieties.
Other than your beer, what is your “go-to” drink after a long day at the brewery?
A nice Kentucky Bourbon on the rocks or neat. It’s the perfect partner to craft beer in so many ways.