Covaleski: On the day of Victory's 10th
anniversary, I return to Victory ten years after my first visit to
reminisce a bit with Bill about that first month, talk about their 10th
anniversary beer, 10 Years Alt, details of their brewing
philosophy, why he'd skip V-10 if he had it all to do over, and what
Bill sees coming for Victory and craft brewing in the next 10
Trogner: The brewer/techie side of Tröegs
comes clean on the new brewing set-up (in excruciating detail), explains
his latent homebrewing tendencies, and confesses to really getting off
on welding. Just about what you'd expect from John.
Worona: Exit Interview: Stoudt's head brewer Marc
Worona is leaving for a job with Yakima Chief. How that happened, when
he's leaving, and who's taking over.
had a short talk with Emerson Haines, the guy who's putting together the
Destiny brewpub in Phoenixville. Destiny seems more like a 1988 startup
than a 2005 one; I'm truly curious to find out how this one goes.
Maytag: I did this interview with Fritz Maytag for Malt
Advocate in 2000, the afternoon of WhiskyFest. We met for lunch at
the Four Seasons in New York, and I talked with Fritz for two hours
about brewing and distilling. It was one of the best interviews I've
ever done, and I've heard from people at Anchor that Fritz thinks it is
one of the best he's done as well, which pleases me.
Victory: I recently interviewed Victory's partner-brewers
Bill Covaleski and Ron Barchet while getting a tour of their very
advanced new brewhouse. Get the inside dope on the technical advances,
the big iron, the effects on the beer, and yes, finally some stuff on
Victory's new Philadelphia wholesaling agreement...just when you thought
all that was over.
Karl Ockert: Another New Brewer interview, back in
May: Karl Ockert of BridgePort Brewing in Portland, OR. Karl's been in
microbrewing since 1984...how about that? But he also worked for A-B,
then went back to BridgePort. Good interview.
Mark Ruedrich: Another interview from January: I interviewed
Mark Ruedrich of North Coast Brewing for New Brewer magazine, and
that's no longer the current issue, so... here's the whole interview
with this seminal California brewer, a fascinating look at making it the
way you want to make it.
Sam Calagione: Dogfish Head head Sam Calagione and I have a
session on how to make the world's hoppiest beer, and we get inside the
head of Randall the Enamel Animal.
Brian O'Reilly: Sly Fox brewer Brian O'Reilly
talks about the new Sly Fox coming in Royersford, plans for bottling and
menus and a big new cask ale program, and the Nine IPA
Wehle: The former Genesee scion and new owner
of Rochester's newest (for now) brewpub, Brü, talks about what's
up at the brewpub, and why he thinks he can make it in the very same
spot where Empire crashed in a big pile of debt.
Worona: I interviewed Stoudt's brewer Marc
Worona in January of 2004. We talked about the huge new expansion at
Stoudt's, where they're finally done with contract brewing, and some
other topics, like Big B and the Stoudt's barleywine project.
Newman: Magic Hat co-founder Alan Newman has
some solid business ideas about what needs to happen in the
craft-brewing segment...and a lot of people aren't going to like them.
Newman doesn't care.