Brian started brewing commercially in 1995 in Boston, Massachusetts. Since then he has worked at and opened breweries in Wisconsin, Louisiana and Missouri. He has worked and learned from a variety of talented and passionate people. Brian is a Siebel graduate and has been a judge at GABF and World Beer Cup for twenty years.
Brian is a great asset to our team! Get to know more about him and what happened during that first brew:
How did you start brewing beer?
I decided to be a brewer after college. Moved to Portland, OR to find a job. While there made two and only two batches of the worst homebrew in the history of mankind. Ended up getting an opportunity in Boston, so I moved back to the east coast to start my career.
Favorite Style of Beer?
Pilsner- Czech or German
First time brewing beer, what happened?
First two homebrews came in rapid succession, so I did not have the opportunity to try the first beer before brewing the second. At the time I was drinking a lot of brown ales- so I made a couple at varying strengths. I decided that to make these beers extra special I would double the amount of roasted and chocolate malt in the recipes. Bad move. Undrinkable. Did not attempt homebrewing again.
Favorite Beer Memory?
Field trip during brewing school to Sheboygan to tour Schrier Maltings. After the tour we went to the Schrier lodge and had plenty of brats and Celebrator doppelbocks. The night ended with a sing along from the students who came from around the world.
Worst beer memory?
I was transferring yeast from one brewery to another. It was a twenty mile drive, in summer in Wisconsin. The corny kegs that the yeast was in failed and the entire back of my car was soon covered in ale yeast.
Dream beer vacation?
Oktoberfest or Prague
Oldest piece of beer history you own… ratty t-shirt, safety glasses, beaker, beer stein…
MBAA (Master Brewers Association of the America keychain from 1948 convention
Favorite SBC beer?
Best part of the brewing process?
Mashing in- the initial smell when each different type of grain hits the water is really gratifying.
Favorite beer-related movie or book?
Michael Jackson’s New World Guide to Beer fantastic photographs and snippets from beer history. Maybe a bit outdated but a great coffee table book.
Favorite way to cook with beer?
Ragout or Chili