What drew you to beer?
I've never lacked in creativity or ideas but where I have always struggled is in the details and the structure. I've been a wannabe writer ever since I was a kid...written a lot, never published...still trying. A beautiful thing about the world of beer is the creative/artistic space it allows, yet it provides a firm set of guidelines that must be adhered to for it to be a truly great beer. In beer I found structure, in the structure I found control, and in the control I found a new creativity.
What drew you to open a small business?
I think the idea started to form in my head when I was employed at Rock Bottom Brewery in downtown Portland. The amazing collection of talent that came and went through that (historically underrated) brewery really spurred not only my love for beer but a passion for knowing all-things encompassing it. For a period, I was the daytime bartender at Rock Bottom and during this time Van Havig (Gigantic), Bolt Minister (54º 40') and Vasilios Glestsos (Hill Farmstead) were all working together and would have lunch at my bar every day...it was hard to not get inspired. Although it has taken some time, the professionalism and camaraderie that they showed really fueled my passion to want to do the same.
What is your background in the industry?
Bartender – for a very long time...also for the past few years Richard, Jason and I had the unbelievable opportunity to be the first brewers at Northwood Public House and Brewery in Battle Ground Washington. It was there, on the 2 bbl nano system that we were able to start fine tuning what we had imagined during homebrew sessions and turn it into practical, professional reality. To be honest, without the opportunity given to us from Eric and Paula Starr, the owners of Northwood, we wouldn't be where we are today.
If you had a million dollars what would you do?
That is a very, very, very personal question...what wouldn't I do?
What is your favorite place to drink/support locally?
My friend Chris's place, Tap Union, and Bolt's place in Washougal. There has been such a influx of talented and creative people in “Little Cascadia” (Clark County) over the past few years that it's hard to say. In the little time my wife and I have together we try to get to them all.
Favorite beer BCB will have on Tap?
I'm excited for the path we are taking on the cold fermented side. There is a long history of great lagers
in the Northwest and we are looking to explore the tradition with an aggressive tilt towards pilsners and other lagers.
Best new beer that isn't BCB?
Barrel Mountain's stout, the next pilsner/lager from 54-40 and the next IPA from Block 15.
What can we look forward to from BCB in the next few years?
Excitement from us in all things that we will be doing here at the brewery, out in the community and in the rest of Cascadia. We are four guys that share a common vision, have a passion for quality and honestly, just love what we are doing. We hope that shows in everything we do.