Thursday, August 23, 2012

Interview with Paul of Apocalypse Brew Works

In late July, my fiance and I visited Louisville, Kentucky. While we were there, we visited the Louisville Slugger museum, the Holy Grale, Ramsi's Cafe on the World, and a few breweries around town. One of the breweries we visited was Apocalypse Brew Works. Unfortunately, we did not have time to sit down for a proper chat with the owners, but one of the co-owners (Paul) was kind enough to give me his card so I could send him some questions via email. Today, I wish to share with you that (email) interview with Paul of Apocalypse Brew Works. Enjoy!

Did you homebrew before you became a professional brewer?
If so, for how long were you homebrewing before you made the jump to the professional ranks?
All three of us partners were homebrewers before going professional.  I, Paul, homebrewed for 10 years.  Bill and Leah each homebrewed for about 15 years.  This gives us a about 40yrs of combined brewing experience.

Tap list the day of our visit to Apocalypse Brew Works

When we talked at Apocalypse Brew Works you mentioned that brewing is a part time job for you. May I ask what your other part time job is?
I do Quality Engineering and have background in Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering.  My partners have experience in graphic design and plumbing/hvac/boilers

How did you come up with the name of your brewery?
We were tossing around names and liked the sound and concept of Apocalypse.  After all, how many types of companies can actually get away with calling themselves Apocalypse and expect to get business?  We also like to think we are providing a service to the community so they can feel prepared and have fresh beer through any type of Apocalypse that might occur.

Do you recall the first beer that you had that made you go 'wow!' (in a good way)?
Mine was a Sierra Nevada clone.  The beer was on target and had a wonderful pop from dry hops.

How long have you been brewing professionally?
We have been open to the public since May 2012.  We started this journey in August 2011.

What are your thoughts on the Louisville beer community? By 'community' I mean other breweries, homebrewers, and beer fans.
The Louisville Beer Community is very supportive and growing rapidly.  We are adding new beer festivals all the time, the LAGERS homebrew club is adding many new members, and the KY State Fair is growing every year in number of entries and judges.

How does Louisville compare to other beer loving cities that you have visited?
Louisville has a long history with craft beer that started in the 1800's, faded a bit after Prohibition and the 1980's but has come on over the last 20 years thanks to the growth of microbreweries here and the quality of beer they've been producing. We're also fortunate to have a foodie community here that not only embraces good food but good beer.

What is your favorite part of your job?
Serving beer on a lively weekend evening when everyone is in a great mood and loving our beer.  How could you not love having a job that revolves around wonderful beer?

Photo of the bar area at Apocalypse Brew Works

What do you enjoy the most about the craft beer industry and its fans?
It is a lively and growing industry with a very diverse and passionate group of fans.

Do you have any advice for homebrewers looking to improve their skills?
Fresh ingredients, flawless sanitation, temperature control, and have fun.

Do you have any advice for the homebrewer that is considering becoming a professional brewer?
Do your homework and proceed carefully because there is so much more to it than just having award winning recipes and actaully brewing the beer.

Are there any upcoming Apocalypse Brew Works beer releases that you can tell us about?
This fall, we will release our 4 Horsemen of the Apocalypse series which will be strong and unique beers representing the Black, White, Red, and Pale horsemen.

Is there a beer style that you enjoy brewing more than others?
I really love English style beers because of their very refined and balanced nature.

I would like to thank Paul for taking the time to answer my questions. I really do appreciate it.

If you are able to visit Louisville, I recommend you take the time to visit Apocalypse Brew Works. You will not regret it (especially if you get a chance to try their Watermelon Ale or the Hurricane Hefe)!

Also, if you get a chance to stop by and try a beer from their 4 Horsemen of the Apocalypse series, let us know what you think of it. Cheers!

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