Get To Know Your Local Brewer 

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Garin C. Wright

Buckeye Brewing Company

Head Brewer

Years at Brewery: 16

Brewing philosophy: "I've always based recipe design on a combination of books and style guidelines. To aid in brewing batches consistently, I use a spreadsheet. When it comes to experimenting, I pick up on ideas from home brewers. I'm currently trending towards brewing quaffable beer using fruit and spices."

Go-to craft beer: "I don't really have a go-to beer. I remember some of the hip beers we drank at fests in the early '90s such as Sam Adams, Sam Smith's and Newcastle Brown. But the one that left the biggest impression on me at that time was Pete's Wicked Ale. It was a unique flavor to me. That's what got me into home brewing, and later professional brewing."

Favorite beer to brew: "My favorite beer to brew is always the one I've never brewed before. It's also the one I like to pour at events. There is nothing better than brewing something different for the very first time."

Matt Chappel

Indigo Imp Brewery

Vice-President/Brewmaster

Years at Brewery: 5

Brewhouse capacity per batch: 7 barrels

Annual output: 600 barrels

Brewing philosophy: "I try to brew beers based on traditional methods as they may have been brewed originally 150 years ago, not 15 years ago."

Gateway craft beer: "I love to drink Saison DuPont. It's flavorful and refreshing with just a touch of sourness."

Favorite beer to brew: "Gatekeeper Porter. The large amounts and variety of dark and roasted malt smells wonderful."

Dan Malz

Portside Brewery

Owner / Director of Brewing

and Distilling Operations

Years at Brewery: 1/2

Previous experience: Great Lakes

Brewing

Brewhouse capacity per batch: 7 barrels Brewing philosophy: "Brew great beer. Understand traditional styles yet don't be confined by them. Be creative, push limits and set yourself apart from the rest. Be confident and take pleasure in making beer (or spirits) that people love."

Gateway craft beer: "Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier was my first great beer. I had it about 20 years ago when I was a student in Germany. It still remains my go-to beer on these hot summer days."

Favorite beer to pour at events: "216. It's a great local dry-hopped pale ale, very sessionable and great for this warm weather."

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