Head brewer Brian recently had his two-year anniversary at CMBC — so happy anni, Brian. Instead of giving him flowers and chocolate, we grilled him with questions. Presenting: the man behind the beer:
THE LAST TIME I LAUGHED UNTIL I CRIED WAS… I don’t remember! My fiance says my laugh is robotic, so she’d probably say never.
THE BEST ADVICE I’VE EVER GOTTEN WAS… My mom always said it’s easier to do something and deal with the consequences, rather then ask for permission and be denied. Which is interesting advice coming from a mother.
THE THING I CANNOT LIVE WITHOUT IT IS… Hmmm, in no particular order, my beard, beer, pizza, my fiance, and my cats.
THE BAND I’M EMBARRASSED TO ADMIT I LIKE IS… I’m not really embarrassed by any of the bands I like. There’s definitely some guilty pleasures, like KP, or Bruno, or just about any good funk song with a strong groove to it that’ll make you boogie, and Supertramp is downright awesome but a little corny, but I’m pretty cool with em all.
THE MOST SURPRISING THING ABOUT ME IS… I went to college intending to become a math teacher. And then I graduated with a degree in photography. I’m a jack of all trades, master of none. Also, I like animals a whole lot more than people.
THE MOST FAMOUS PERSON I EVER MET WAS… Fame doesn’t really mean anything to me, so as I sit here and try to think about famous people I can only think of New Belgium’s Peter Bouckaert, or Russian River’s Vinnie Cilurzo, or any of the great sour beer producers of our time, and then I realize they’re not famous and that I’d rather meet them then any actual famous person, and then I realize I’m just avoiding the question and this has gone on far too long already.
THE NUMBER OF TIMES I’VE DRIVEN CROSS-COUNTRY IS… Two! And both couldn’t have been more more different yet equally enjoyable.
MY ASTROLOGICAL SIGN IS… Taurus.
THE MOST SURPRISING THING ABOUT CMBC IS… Just how well-received we are by the community! A couple of years ago you’d be hard pressed to find one good craft beer on tap, let alone full on beer bars, in this area of South Jersey, but the evolution of the local’s pallet has been fascinating.
MY FAVORITE CMBC BEER IS… It changes weekly. Usually whatever is newest to come out.
THE THING I’M MOST AFRAID OF IS… becoming gluten intolerant. If I couldn’t eat pizza and drink beer, I would hardy see a reason to exist.
MY FAVORITE NON-CMBC BEER IS… New Belgium would be my favorite brewery, with La Folie being my favorite of their’s, but there are just so many great great breweries out there. I Kane and Carton are putting out some fantastic beers, really helping put NJ on the beer map, Victory and Yards are still going strong throwing around Philly’s weight, just too hard to answer really. My most checked in beers on Untappd would be Round Guys The Berliner, Kane’s Overhead, and Victory’s Swing Saison, which would be my favorite if I absolutely had to list one I guess.
MY GUILTY PLEASURE IS… Pizza. I’ve gone two straight weeks before, eating it everyday. Sometimes I’ll have it for lunch and dinner.
THE COOLEST THING ABOUT ME IS… I’m too uncomfortable talking about myself to answer that.
THE PERSON I MOST ADMIRE IS… Everyone is worthy of admiration, in my opinion, if you take the time to figure out why. But if I had to choose, I’d probably say President Barack Obama. He was dealt a really shitty hand, and he deals well with the adversity. It doesn’t hurt that he is the first president to home brew in the White House! Also, Jack Kerouak. On the Road is a life changing book, and one everyone should read at least once.
MY KARAOKE SONG IS… Never done it, but if I were to do it, it would be Meatloaf’s “Paradise by the Dashboard Light.”
IF I COULD PICK ANY SUPERPOWER, IT WOULD BE… If we’re talking Matrix style, where I could just download any program, I would probably download all of the biology and chemistry programs available so I could have infinite knowledge of all the sciences I deal with on a daily basis. If we’re talking real world superpower, Wolverine has been my favorite super hero since I started reading comic books in early grade school, so I would pick being him.
IF I COULD SPLURGE ON ONE ITEM, IT WOULD BE… I’d probably get a warehouse. Think of all the possibilities!
MY QUIRKIEST HOBBY IS… I don’t have time for many hobbies! When I get done brewing at work, I’m often brewing or bottling beers at home, or visiting other local breweries. I’m a big fan of order though, sometimes chaos is overwhelming, so if order is a hobby I would say that’s pretty quirky.