Q: After college you scored a job at California’s Stone Brewing Co. Not a bad first gig.
A: I was really pleased to end up there. My senior year I literally applied to every open brewer position in the United States, and Stone was the best offer. I actually got the offer an hour before I walked across the stage for graduation, so I did technically graduate with a job [laughs].
Q: Now you’re a brewer at Fulton Brewing in Minneapolis. What’s your day-to-day like?
A: I do almost everything that sees the beer from grain to glass. That includes everything from milling the grains to going through the entire brewing process. I also take a hand in filtration of the beer, I help keg the beer. [All that] is probably about 60 percent of my job. Cleaning is the other 40.
Q: The last time I was at Fulton Beer, you led an impromptu tour.
A: Sometimes I’ll be in the taproom and see who wants a tour and I’ll just give one. I was a theater kid in high school, so I very much enjoy presentation and showmanship. A tour is a really fun way to get to do that.
Q: How much beer do you get to drink for your job each day?
A: [Laughs] I would say maybe half of a pint, and that’s going to be quality-assurance stuff, throughout the day taking sips of beer here and there. I learned very early on from someone far more experienced than me that when you can drink at work your work ethic goes away quickly, so I don’t tend to do that. The best part, though, is I get off work and I have a bar at my work that I can pour myself a pint from.
Q: Is it bad brewers’ etiquette to order your own beer at the bar?
A: [Laughs] There are a lot of times that I do feel like a Sweet Child of Vine and it’s a great way to support the bars that have us on tap. If I do, I always make sure to introduce myself and thank them for carrying us, but my goal is to try something new whenever I’m at a bar.
Q: Has a bartender ever given you an incorrect description of a Fulton beer?
A: If I get a description of our beer and it’s not what it tastes like, I usually jump in. I like to make sure that people know what they’re getting when they get our beer. There are times I’ll see people drinking Fulton and I’ll be like, “Hey, what do you think of that beer from Fulton?” and people are very complimentary. So, fishing for compliments works!
Employer: Fulton Beer (416 6th Av. N., Mpls.).
Start date: June 2012.
Lives in: Northeast Minneapolis.