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  • Interview with a Head Brewer - Step by Step

    Our return to interviews. Our first interview in a while has us posing questions to someone we can safely say has taken his career in brewing step by step. Incrementally making his way in the brewing industry and at this point achieving the goal of most homebrewers, to be brewing professionally. Come read along of the journey that the latest brewer to sit in the Comfy Computer Chair of Fame took to his current position and please welcome the Head Brewer for Broad Ripple Brewpub, Jonathon Mullen.

    Name(s):  Jonathon MullensBroad Ripple Brew Pub

    Brewery Name:  Broad Ripple Brewpub

    How long have you beer head brewer/brewmaster there?
    I have been the only brewer here 5years come November.

    Any type of formal training in brewing science or art? If not, how did you learn the craft?
    No true
    formal training hence the reason I did not list myself as a brewmaster in the previous question. Ihoned my skills as a brewer starting as a home brewer. During that time I became BJCPcertified which helped me better understand my mistakes. Counting my homebrewing years, Ihave been brewing for over 12 years now.

    If you will, a brief history of your brewing experience (where have you brewed)?
    I started at a
    brewery called Union Brewing Company when they first opened their doors in 2013 helping withbrewing and cellaring part
    time while still sitting at a desk during the day. In 2014, I started at a
    brewery called Flat 12 starting with packaging and cleaning kegs.
    Spending a short time of
    about 5 months there as I was beginning training for the brew deck, I landed the job here atBroad Ripple Brew Pub as the brewer where I do everything from brewing, cleaning, cellaring,selling and deliveries among other odds and ends.

    How large is the brewery (# of barrels annually)?
    The brewery is a 7 bbl system and we rock
    about 500 bbls a year.

    Is it automated or is there a lot of exercise involved in your brewery's operation?
    What’s this
    automation you speak of? Kidding… It’s pretty manual process that needs a lot of attention fromstart to finish during the lifespan
    of the brews. So to answer the question, a lot of exercise is
    involved and like almost every brewery out there it can be like working in a sauna.

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