Why do you brew beer?
I love the challenge it poses. There is always something to learn and experiment with. No matter how much I absorb, I constantly have questions. This keeps brewing exciting. It is also an artistic expression of me, blended with a scientific drive for quality and consistency.
What drew you to opening a small business?
I wanted the control that comes along with owning a small business. The buck stops with us (the owners), if we fail or succeed it will be due to us along with the decisions and hard work that we put into it. Brothers Cascadia, and all that it stands for, is the realization of an idea that is greater than the sum of its parts.
What is your background in the industry?
For the last 10 years I have been in the service industry. This has taught me how to best serve the customer and create a unique and quality experience for them. The last 7 years I have spent working in a brew pub bar (Laurelwood and Northwood). This furthered my knowledge of beer and set a high baseline for what quality beer should be. At Northwood we were lucky enough to brew on their nano brewing system for about 2 years. This was the perfect opportunity for us to cut our teeth into the professional brewing world.
If you had several million dollars, what would you do?
Beyond the responsible things I "should" do with the money. I would love to travel. I would really like to spend a fair amount of time in Europe and see some of the places where beer really came into its own. Particularly Belgium and Germany.
What is your favorite place to drink/support locally?
I am a big fan of pretty much all of the local breweries and Tap rooms. They all have something fun and unique about them. I have a soft spot for Northwood in Battle Ground. I have worked for them in the past and they constantly have an amazing beer, whiskey and food selection.
What is your favorite beer that BCB will have on Tap and why?
The beers at the moment that get me excited are the barrel aged sour beers we will be working on. They are an amazingly diverse and interesting beer that has no shortage of complexity if done right. Everything from the oak barrel selection and aging to the blend of microbes and fermentation techniques creates a fun brewing, blending and drinking experience.
Best new beer to try that isn't BCB?
I am really interested particularly in the New England style IPAs right now. The new thought process on hops, water and bio transformations within the style is really interesting to me and is something I would love to experiment with.
What can we look forward to in the next few years from BCB?
A high degree of attention to the quality of our beer. We want to offer the best beers we can and won't ever stop striving for that. We also aim to be more than a brewery. Using our position to advance the brewing industry as well as our local community.