Brew Interviews

A section dedicated to chronicalling selected interview of various beer and brewing fashion.

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    Interview with a Head Brewer – Motoring Along

    From the birthplace of the ubiquitus ‘Jeep’ we have our latest interviewee. Taking time from his continued climb up the brewing ladder to answer these hard hitting interview questions (ha). Like many we profile here, this individual has made his way from homebrewer to pro. As you’ll see though, this didn’t happen overnight. The next Head Brewer to sit in the Comfy Computer Chair of Fame, let’s welcome Nate Bacher.  Name(s): Nate Bacher Brewery Name: Recon Brewing (Have a look at the brewery notes for the explanation of the ‘Jeep’ reference) How long have you beer head brewer/brewmaster there? 3 years Any type of formal training in brewing science or art?…

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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 Mullens Brewery Name:  Broad Ripple Brewpub How long have you beer head brewer/brewmaster there?I have been the only brewer here 5…

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    Our Interviews with the Industry

    Our Interviews with the Industry The craft beer world has exploded in the last fifteen years to become something almost unrecognizable. Where once a city may have had one or two breweries, many now have ten to twenty. Some of these are of course brewpubs, yet a vast number are production breweries brewing for the retail market. WIth his explosion in breweries comes a host of new positions withing the craft beer industry. From cellarman to sales rep, brewery fabrication to publican, the industry is creating jobs at a frantic pace. We here at CellarMonk want to get to know the less glamourous jobs out there. Head Brewers and brewmasters…

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    Interview with a Head Brewer – Gimme Celt’er

    We’ve done quite a few interviews with head brewers in the past here, but none quite measure up to our latest. They were all good, but for sheer quirkyness our latest is a cut above. The Comfy Computer Chair of Fame had a hard time holding this brewer down. Fantastic interview nonetheless. Hold onto your hats and get to know our latest interviewee, The Celt Experience head brewer, Mr. Tom Newman. Remind us never to ask any more about “dogwhelks” (you’ll understand). Name(s):  Tom, Thomas, Thomas G, George @CeltBrewer Brewery Name: The Celt Experience (‘Celt’) How long have you beer head brewer/brewmaster there? Since 2003 officially Any type of formal…

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    Interview with a Head Brewer – Sole Man

    We are on somewhat of an English brewer kick at the moment with our head brewer interviews. The latest brewer was recommended to CellarMonk from an avid beer drinker (thanks @broadfordbrewer) and luckily he agreed to sit in the Comfy Computer Chair of Fame (well, somewhat) and hold court on all aspects of his brewing life (well, the exciting bits at least). Please welcome to CellarMonk, the head brewer for Adnams Plc, Mr. Fergus Fitzgerald.Name(s): Fergus Fitzgerald  @SolebearBrewery Name: Adnams Plc How long have you beer head brewer/brewmaster there?I joined in 2004 and became head brewer in 2008. Any type of formal training in brewing science or art? If not, how…

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    Interview with a Head Brewer – The Man From Ossett

    The time has come to restart our monthly interviews with professional brewers. Since breweries seem to be opening once every 35 seconds or so, we will probably not run out of interview subjects anytime soon. Now up, our next guest in the Comfy Computer Chair of Fame, is a brewer that hails from West Yorkshire, United Kingdom. With nearly 15 years in the industry he’s a right “old timer” (compared to the multitudes of new brewers entering the brewing scene). Please welcome to Cellarmonk, Ossett Brewing Company’s head brewer, Mr. Paul Spencer.Name(s): Paul Spencer – @paulspencer1973 Brewery Name: Ossett Brewing Co Ltd, Ossett, West Yorkshire, England How long have you…

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    Interview with a Homebrewer – Brew Builder

    Once again we are starting up with our interviews of the worlds homebrewers. Our latest hails from the UK and as strange as it seems homebrew’s to save money (or at least keep more of his own). After quickly dusting off the Comfy Computer Chair of Fame, allow us to introduce to you homebrewer, Mr. Ady Goodrich Name: – Ady Goodrich Day Job: – Architectural Project Technologist When did you start homebrewing? Started kits in 2011, but graduated to all grain in August 2012. What got you into homebrewing? A person? An unfulfilled interest? Sheer boredom? I liked drinking most ales in the pub, but started drinking more at home…

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    Our Homebrewer Interviews

    There are very few professional brewers who’s position was assured as a birthright (ex Busch, Coors). If we were to take a poll, I think we would find that more than 75% of professional brewers (at least in the United State) were, at one time, homebrewers. This may not be the case outside the U.S. where breweries tend to be much older and the brewing order is more a stepping stone within the brewery than a bootstrap operation too a functioning brewery.We here at CellarMonk want to give all the recognition and encouragement that we can to those that hone their craft at home and dream of something bigger or…

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    Our Beer Blogger Interviews

    With the explosion of the craft beer industry there has also been an explosion in the number of people that chronicle both the beers and the industry. The Beer blogger who expounds upon all things beer as a hobby dedicated to informing the masses about their little part of the craft beer world. Or the full fledged beer writers who have a portion of their income derived from writing about the drink they love.  Some will write about only their small area perhaps hemmed in by geography, while other will write about the industry as a whole. No matter, everyone should be heard. We at CellarMonk would love to hear…

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    Our Brewmaster/Head Brewer Interviews

    One of our favorite things here at CellarMonk is when we get the opportunity to engage with brewing professionals. From Germany to Great Britain, Belgium to the United States and around the world; we have had brewers from two and three man operations all the way to centuries old, world renowned breweries. Our interviews aim to not only show these brewers in their craft, but also to show them as the same as the rest of us outside the brewery. Our aim is to show that they may have the occasional bad batch, they too strive to get better at what they do  and that their ultimate goal is to provide the best beer (whether craft or crafted) to…